Visit the Masai Mara Game Reserve during the off season to photograph the predators that reside in the area. January is the prefect time of year to photograph Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, and Hyena
The residential Wildebeest (larger in size than the migratory wildebeest) will be giving birth to their new born calves making for easy prey for the local predators
Along with the predators, the Mara is home to many photographic animal species including Elephant, Hippo, Black Rhino, and more
Explore two different, exciting locations during this safari. With one lodge situated in the forest on the Talek River and the other looking over the African plains
This all-inclusive photo safari is lead by a professional wildlife photographer, offering his expertise throughout the tour to help guests obtain incredible photographs
This exhilarating photo safari is based in the Masai Mara Region of Kenya and focuses on the predators that patrol the area. From Lion, to Hyena, Leopard, Cheetah, Serval, and more, the Mara is home to an abundance of predators. As January is the time of year where the resident Wildebeests and Zebra are giving birth, the predators are exceptionally active. The calving season brings the predators out like no other time of the year in the Mara, as the young wildebeest calves make for the perfect prey for lions and leopard.
This photo safari located in the Masai Mara National Reserve is focus on the residential predators in the area. From Lions and Leopards predating on newly born Wildebeest calves, to Hyenas and Jackals sneaking in to steal the scraps, this tour is full of excitement. Each day will consist of two safari game drives that will last from 3 to 5 hours in length, squeezing in as much safari time as possible.
This all-inclusive tour travels to two tented camps throughout the tour, giving guests a great variety of landscapes for their wildlife subjects. This time of year can also provide beautiful skyscapes with storm clouds in the distance making for dramatic photographs. With photographic guidance throughout the tour, we guarantee guests leave with an astonishing portfolio.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
MARK A FERNLEY
Mark has spent years tracking and photographing the wildlife of the many countries in Africa. From the jungles of Uganda to the bush lands of Southern Africa, he brings with him profound knowledge of the wildlife and the surrounding areas. His photographic knowledge brings creativity and uniqueness to this safari/workshop. During this safari, Mark will share his wildlife photography secrets with you to enhance that once in a lifetime portfolio.
MASAI MARA - KENYA
Located just on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, we are in the heart of one of the top wildlife destinations on the planet. The Masai Mara National Reserve is situated along the boarder of Tanzania. This relatively smaller reserve is abundant with wildlife of all sorts making this a prime wildlife photography destination.
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 Olseki or Olkiombo Airstrips)
All transportation between camps
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
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (airport code NBO) your photography guide will greet guests and take you to our Nairobi lodge located just outside of the city. Your photography guide will brief you about the thrilling journey ahead, and get to know each of our guests. This day is perfect to get to know your photographer and the other guests in the group. Your guide will be happy to discuss any photography questions or concerns with you at the lodge 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.
After an early breakfast, the group will head to Wilson Airport, where we will take a domestic flight into the Mara region to start our safari. This chartered flight will bring you spectacular views the great plains of Kenya. As we land on the secluded runway in the open plains, our transfer vehicle and local expert will be awaiting our arrival with greeting beverages and a very warm welcome. The group will take a short drive through the open plains to Base Camp Masai Mara. Spotting wildlife along the way is very possible so camera will be out and ready during this transfer to the camp, including large herds of Wildebeests and their new born claves grazing in the grasslands
On arrival we will have lunch followed by an introduction to the photography ahead. We will later leave on a remarkable afternoon photo safari. This first trip will take you through the open plains of the Masai Mara with our main focus being predators of the territory. Guests will also have the opportunity to photograph other wildlife that is spotted throughout the safari as well. We will return for dinner overlooking the reserve, followed by some relaxing free time to enjoy the wilderness around a camp fire.
Our Masai Mara photo safaris are run in partnership with Basecamp Explorer. With a mix of different accommodation styles right on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, our photography experts are happy to work alongside the staff at each Basecamp location to provide our guests with an extraordinary photographic experience.
Basecamp Explorer offers our guests a mixture of 4-star luxurious tented camps and 3-star adventure camps. Whether we are at the top of a hill looking over the salt pans, or right in the middle of the action, our guests will always feel comfortable and safe.