Kenya`s Masai Mara Photographic safari Tour 2018/19
Aug / Sept 2018 FULL
Aug 31st to 8th Sept 2019
8/9 days including travel depending on flight times
Unforgettable amazing experience Masai mara needs no introduction the reserve is probably the most famous game reserve in Africa from its grasslands to rolling hills, rivers and bogs trees and bushes,
Small group 6
2019 / 1 places available
31st Aug to 8th Sept
£4,350 includes all international return flights from Edinburgh to Nairobi
small group 6 persons only including tour leader Dean Bricknell
Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south. All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, African elephant, cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros) are found in the Masai Mara. Hyenas, Cheetahs, Jackals, and Bat-eared foxes. Antelopes including Grant's gazelles, impalas, Duikers and Coke's Hartebeests and many more. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe. More than 470 species of birds have been identified in the park, many of which are migrants, with almost 60 species being raptors. Birds that call this area home include: Vultures, Eagles, Buzzards, Goshawks, Falcons, Hawks, Kestrels, Marabou storks, Secretary birds, Hornbills, Crowned cranes, Ostriches, Long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons, Bee-eaters and the Lilac-breasted roller, which is the national bird of Kenya.
All our flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Bookings are protected by ABTA the Association of British Travel Agents, Your trip is designed by myself and put together though a well established travel company.
Lodges are used on my safaris, our permits cover all areas of the Mara NP, with additional permits for the Mara triangle / conservancy areas, professional local guides are used, with 17 Kenya and Tanzania safaris under my belt and photography tours over the past 10 years it's all about timing, location and knowledge. The east has a good head of cheetah and 3 Lion prides one of which very large 10 strong, as the migration passes though they eat the grass as they head west and making it easy to see other animals, i pick the lodges on the east side and within a 3 hour drive straight through the Mara NP with plenty of wildlife on the way we can be in the western or northern Mara triangle (these are the days which we spend all day out in the Mara)
This trip runs every year with bookings taken up to 18 months in advance making it easier for clients to spread the payments over a 18 months period in 3 payments, 1/ deposit 2/ flights/ 3rd remaining balance, please read TC for more info
Flights included Edinburgh to Nairobi return with one change each way
6 persons only 3 person in each 7 seater 4x4 open top land cruiser with plenty of standing room and a row of sets each giving you plenty of room to move about and use your sliding windows to get them low down head on shots,
(depending on flight times) 9 days trip including travel, 6 nights in the Masai Mara 5 full days and 2 half days.
Tour leader / photography guide Dean Bricknell
*Additional Information on what to pack and photography equipment + image gallery please click HERE
*Your safari lodge please click HERE
( 31st Aug 2018 ) Depart UK Edinburgh airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Via Amsterdam KLM or Paris Air France (Kenya airways) over night flight
1st Sept arrive Nairobi Airport 06.00am. after collecting our luggage and clearing visa / passport control we will be met outside by our two driver/guilds and board our 4x4 land cruisers which will be our land vehicles for the next 7 days. From Nairobi airport we will head direct to our lodge (4 to 5 hour drive some very rough roads) which is located on the east of the Masai Mara (Oloolaimutie gate). We will check in to our rooms freshen up ready for lunch then get ready for your first afternoon game drive. We will be back at the lodge ready for your evening dinner after if you wish not to have an early night take the opportunity to watch the local Masai worriers dance. * Afternoon game drive *
Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Early morning and afternoon game drives with two of the days as full day game drives this is so we can drive over to the west to the Mara river and north to Rhino ridge which is good for Leopards, each morning we will meet around 6am for coffee/tea
we will depart lodge at 6.30am each morning with breakfast lunch box provided by the lodge, and for longer days out on safari breakfast and lunch boxes will be provide. At the end of each afternoon game drive you will have the opportunity to photograph the beautiful sunset over the Mara. if you wish to have a rest from the game drives you can always chill out around the pool at the lodge with a cool cocktail in hand.
Day 7, Depart our lodge after breakfast with a morning game drive before we head back to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta airport for our evening flight home. * Morning game drive *
Day 8, Arrive in Edinburgh and say all our good byes.
* All return flights from Edinburgh to Nairobi plus meals on night flights with drinks,
* ATOL protected
* All return land travel from Nairobi to lodge
* All safari 4x4 land cruisers plus driver guides x 2 /game spotter
* English-speaking highly qualified driver guides
* Free unlimited bottles of mineral water pp each day on game drives
* Your own room with mosquito nets; electronic safes; dressing tables; en-suite bathrooms and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond.
* Full board at lodge breakfast, lunch, dinner
* Boxed packed lunch when on full day safari and breakfast box when on early morning safaris
* All park fees / permits and government taxes
* Photographic tuition when on game drives
* 24 hour doctor / medical service
* Free glass of table wine or kenya's favorite Tusker lager with our last night meal
What's not included
• Driver-guide gratuities
• Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage
• Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
• travel insurance
• Photography equipment insurance
Your safari is designed to maximize photographic opportunities so no time is wasted in Nairobi we head straight to our lodge and then game drive.
Your trip is designed by myself and put together though a well established travel company and ATOL/ ABTA protected
Flight / Luggage
WEIGHT LIMIT OF YOUR HAND BAGGAGE / CHECK IN LUGGAGE , as of 2017/18 subject to change Air France / KLM and Kenya airways. Weight of your hand baggage (which should be photography gear) items and accessory must not exceed 12 kg / 26 lb. Your hand baggage must not exceed the following dimensions: 55 x 35 x 25 cm / 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9 in (including pockets, wheels and handles) Whats in my carry on camera bag canon 1Dx and 5D3 70-200mm f2.8 and 300mm f2.8 four batteries, total weight with bag dead on 12kg wide lens and filters in waistcoat pockets, Check in luggage must be of soft bag no more than 20 kg.
I will arrange all the flights and provide the relative information to the travel company.
I will help you when its time to apply for your Visa which is best done on line
I will arrange your in-flight meals and seating (night flights only)
Additional Information on what to pack and photography equipment
image gallery please click HERE
Your safari lodge please click HERE
please read terms and conditions HERE