THE GREAT MIGRATION
10-DAYS AUGUST 8 – 18, 2017
Day 1 Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi. Our guides will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel, Serena Nairobi, well known for its exceptional standards and five-star hospitality.
Overnight at Serena Nairobi
Day 2 Nairobi-Maasai Mara
After breakfast, we will have a brief orientation meeting. Then we will drive to the local airport for a short flight, approximately 45 minutes, flying over and to the Maasai Mara. Upon arrival, we will have a quick lunch and then immediately head out for our first game drive.
We will be staying at the Mara Bush Camp, a mobile camp that is tucked away in a forest on the banks of the Olare Orok River, situated in the heart of the Maasai Mara. This tented camp is small and offers personalized service to make you feel at home. Your walk-in tent will overlook the seasonal Olare Orok River and its numerous hippos. The camp is for the visitor who appreciates simplicity and privacy away from mass tourism and wants to enjoy an authentic “safari” experience rather than a large, crowded lodge with a swimming pool and entertainment.
Since we will be spending 3 days here, we will have access to an adjoining lounge tent if you want to work on your images, talk tech with your fellow photographers or just relax with a book. The camp is fully solar powered with a back-up generator to keep your equipment fully charged. All meals at the camp are freshly prepared by the camp’s head chef. If you want to sleep under canvas in the real African bush with Maasai men as your company, then this is the place for you.
Accommodation: Mara Bush Camp
Day 3, 4 & 5 Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve which is technically an extension of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park. It is named in honor of the Maasai people and their description of the area. “Mara” means “spotted” in Maa, their language, which was their interpretation of a land covered with trees, scrub, savannah and shadows of clouds across an endless sky. It is well known for its exceptional population of Maasai lions, leopards, cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelles and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year. All members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and black rhinos) are found here. In addition, it will not be unusual to see giraffes, hyenas, hippos, gnu, jackals, topi and hartebeest. We will be near the river so our location will give us quick access if a crossing begins.
Day 6 & 7 Maasai Mara-Mara Serena Lodge
We will rise early to take an early morning game drive to catch the best light, then take a break for breakfast. Afterwards, we will drive across the Mara River to Mara Serena Lodge, which was designed to simulate the Maasai manyatta circular home, blending international sophistication with raw African beauty. Each room has its own view of the Mara River, well positioned to experience “the greatest wildlife show on earth.”
The lodge sits up high above the savannah, giving us the opportunity to get first notice if a crossing of zebras or wildebeest is imminent. Mara Serena is situated so that the herds will be coming toward us, giving us a fantastic angle to work from. Since we are close, we can get to our best spots quickly to capture the amazing action that will be happening.
Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge
Day 8, 9 & 10 Maasai Mara-Entim Camp
Entim Camp will give us a unique and private perspective on crossings of the Mara River since tourists who are not staying here will not be allowed in this area. This tented camp sits very near the Mara River with a vista of a favorite crossing point. This is the main artery of the great herds crossing over from Tanzania. The plains will be filled with wildlife, some moving on within a great migration and others as predators, looking for an opportunity to hunt.
Day 11 Entim Camp-Nairobi
Early in the morning and with the best light, we will take one more game drive to capture the beauty of this country. We will then take a short flight to a private airport in Nairobi. Our guides will transport you to Ole Sereni Hotel, which sits alongside Nairobi National Park and is conveniently located between Nairobi’s international and regional airports. Here you can relax for the rest of the afternoon by the pool, dine overlooking the park and spend the overnight in preparation for your flight the following day.
End of Tour
Please Note: Some changes may occur to this itinerary based on weather conditions or new opportunities that may arise. We will make every attempt to keep our tour as close to the original itinerary as possible.
TOUR FEE AND DETAILS:
The Tour Fee for this tour is $9950.00 in shared accommodations. If you prefer a single room, the single room supplement is $1195.00
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST:
It is recommended that participants bring a digital SLR camera and laptop computer. A complete list of optional equipment will be sent at registration.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Photography Instructor’s Fee
- Accommodation x 11 nights based on Double Occupancy rooms. (Single room supplement is $1195.00)
- Airport Transfers and ground transportation by Private AC minivan
- Roundtrip flights from Nairobi to Maasai Mara
- Guaranteed row and window seat in private 4×4 Land Cruisers.
- All entrance fees to Game Reserves and taxes.
- Expert English speaking local guides
- All meals for itinerary days
- Cold bottled mineral water
- AMREF flying doctors cover while on safari; evacuation insurance to a Nairobi hospital (transportation only, the cost of hospitalization is not included)
- Visit to Maasai village
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- International flights to and from Kenya
- Insurance: we strongly recommend you purchase Travel, Medical and Cancellation Insurance.
- Gratuities for the guides, staff at accommodations, and airport transfers ($25-30 per day)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses, such as curios, telephone calls, internet, laundry
- Meals and accommodations before or after safari dates.
- Visa and Passport fees
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1200.00 per person is required at time of booking. We recommend you reserve your spot as soon as possible. You can pay your deposit by check, credit card or Bank Wire Transfer. Bank details will be provided upon registration.
The tour will be confirmed 8 weeks prior. Please do not make any travel arrangements to Kenya before we have confirmed the tour. Full payment is due when the tour is confirmed.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and last name, your phone, which tour you are registering for, along with any additional information that you would like us to know.
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
This tour is geared to the photographer who enjoys exploring unique cultures and adventure photography. Group cohesion, adaptability, a sense of humor and a curious mind are all important traits to possess. Past participants have found this expedition to be one of the most intense and fascinating experiences of their lives.