This photo safari based in the Masai Mara National Reserve is based round the Great Migration of Wildebeests and Zebra that have all migrated into the Mara plains in search of fresh grasslands. With two safaris a day, photographers aim to get the iconic photographs of Wildebeests as they risk their lives making the dangerous journey across the Mara River.
The largest Nile Crocodiles in Africa can be found in the Mara River as they wait patiently for their prey to willingly enter the river at their mercy. Between river visits, there is plenty of other wildlife that resides in the Mara, including Hippo, Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval, Hyena, hundreds of bird species and so much more making this a prime destination for any wildlife photographer or enthusiast.
DAY 1: Arrival Day
DAY 2: Fly to Masai Mara / afternoon safari in Mara
DAY 3: Morning and afternoon safari in Mara
DAY 4: Morning and afternoon safari in Mara
DAY 5: Full day safari in Mara
DAY 6: Full day safari in Mara
DAY 7: Morning and afternoon safari in Mara
DAY 8: Morning and afternoon safari in Mara
DAY 9: Morning safari / fly to Nairobi
DAY 10: Departure Day
(see detailed itinerary below)
This all-inclusive photo safari is lead by a professional wildlife photographer, offering their expertise throughout the tour to help guests obtain incredible photographs
During the month of August, the Great Migration is at its best with millions of Wildebeests and Zebra making their way into the Masai Mara National Reserve
Photograph Wildebeests, Zebra, and Thomson's Gazelle as they risk their lives to cross the Mara River. With dust in the air and animals running wild, guests can expect to gain incredible photos during river crossings
Enjoy wildlife sightings without even leaving the lodge. With Elephants and Giraffe commonly walking through, Hippos in the Mara River below, and monkeys making their way around the lodge, there is always photo opportunities, even during the off times.
Other than the Great Migration, the Mara is home to many other animals including Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, hundreds of bird species and much more that guests will have the opportunity to photograph throughout the tour
MEET YOUR PHOTO HOSTS
This photographic safari provides you with two photography hosts who will guide you through the African wilderness in search of capturing those iconic images.
Mark and Jaren have been traveling most of the African continent with their cameras, and are here to help you gain professional-level photographs, increase your photographic knowledge, and ensure you experience a trip of a lifetime.
With a maximum group size of six per photo safari, you will be guaranteed one photo host per three guests, making this one of the most exclusive group photographic safaris in Africa.
JAREN A FERNLEY
MARK A FERNLEY
MASAI MARA - KENYA
The Masai Mara National Reserve is known as the best destination to experience the Great Migration. With spectacular wildlife sightings and safari outings, the Mara is truly any wildlife photographers dream destination. During this photographic safari, guests will be staying the the heart of all the action and possibly in the best location for all wildlife sightings.
80-600mm Sigma lens
16-35mm wide angle lens
1-2 camera bodies
Back up Storage
Multiple CF Cards/SD Cards
Airport pick-up/drop off (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
Domestic chartered flight (round trip Wilson Airport to Musiara)
All transportation to airstrips/airports
All game drives
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner each day)
All beverages (non-alcoholic and local beers, wines and spirits)
All national park entry fees
All photographic guidance / tutorials
one-on-one photo critiques (optional)
Pre-Tour meeting with your photography guide
Personal Travel Insurance (required for all guests)
Personal expenses (souvenirs, extra activities, etc.)
Activities not listed in itinerary
Premium alcoholic beverages
Gratuities/tips for guides and staff
Guests can arrive any time before 5 pm on this day. Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (airport code NBO) you will be greeted by your photo host at arrivals.
After just a 10-minute drive to the airport hotel, you will have time to relax and refresh before meeting the group for a welcome beverage later this evening. Your photo host will brief you about the thrilling journey ahead, answer any questions you may have, and speak with each of your individually to get an idea of your photography skill levels
This day is perfect to get to know your photo host and the other guests in the group. Your guide will be happy to discuss any photography questions or concerns with you at the hotel on this night. Have an early night, or enjoy the company of the other photographers in the group before heading to the Masai Mara the following morning.
Governors’ Camp possibly occupies the best wildlife viewing location in the Reserve, nestled in the riverine forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile.
The entire camp is under canvas with all of the comforts of a luxury hotel. Some of the 25 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara.
The tents are big, bright and allow in lots of natural light. All tents are classic safari style each with en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda. There is a bar tent with a deck overlooking the Mara River and a dining tent with amazing views over the plains.
Governors’ Camp has been awarded a GOLD Eco Rating from Eco – Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable tourism practices in camp.