12 – 20 March 2019 (8 nights)
Join Helena and Grant and a small group of 6 photographers (maximum) in February/March 2019 on an exciting photographic trip to the incredible Olare Motorogi conservancy in Kenya. With the wildebeest migration having moved south into Tanzania at this time of year, the Mara is relatively uncrowded with human visitors. Most importantly, the resident big cats, elephants and large amounts of plains game like topi, impala, gazelle and zebra remain in the Mara, allowing for high-quality viewing with much lower numbers of tourist vehicles than at other times of year.
- Cost: ZAR140 000 (US$11 200) per person sharing with single supplement of ZAR12 500 (US$1 000) (ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and exact price will be confirmed via invoice.)
- Majority of our trip in private conservancy where it is possible to drive off-road
- 6 participants
- 2 trip leaders
- 3 participants per vehicle
- Off-road driving
We will be staying in a classic safari camp, and for the most part of the safari, we will be game driving in conservancy land, where we are permitted to drive off-road in order to get the best photographic angles of our subjects. There is also a 5 vehicle limit at sightings in the conservancy. Within the conservancy, no park time restrictions apply. All images in the gallery are from the 2018 safari to these destinations.
How do I signup?
We have partnered with Eyes On Africa on this trip. Our group size is a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants and normally this trip fills up fast. If this exciting safari sounds good and you are thinking of joining this trip, please get in touch with any questions.
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- We welcome photographers with all levels of experience. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs.
- We focus on photographing in the field. We spend most of our time and effort on photographic activities and getting images.
- Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will also have fun on this safari. The wildlife places we visit will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and nature.
- The photo leaders are experienced naturalists with rich backgrounds in conservation and field guiding and the region’s natural history and wildlife.
- We have specialist guides leading all safari activities and optional activities (walking, balloon safaris, etc.) are also available subject to camp restrictions.
- We have modified vehicles, specifically set up for photography, with only 3 participants per vehicle.
- The vehicles are Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 vehicles with permanent canopies, wide window openings, shooting platforms to rest cameras on, openings on the roof top, and storage areas allowing for unhindered movement for photography.
- We have private and exclusive use of our camp guides and game drive vehicles.
- Extra luggage allowances to accommodate the special needs of our photographic equipment. The Nairobi-Mara charter flights will allow for an average of 30-35kg (66 to 77lbs) per person.
- On this itinerary, we expect to spend significant amounts of time with our wild subject, and also to get up close to some of them.
- Our group size is a minimum of 3 participants with a maximum of 6 participants.
- 7 days of game drives in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara to the north-east. We will also have access to the Masai Mara Game reserve on 2 occasions.
The Itinerary: 12 – 20 March 2019 (8 nights)
Olare Motorogi, where we will be based is open to the Mara, and currently supports some of the highest lion densities in Africa, along with spotted hyaena, cheetah and more. This safari represents a fantastic combination of incredibly good wildlife photography experiences, superb accommodation and expert guiding. This photosafari will very likely provide some of the best opportunities to see lions, cheetahs and spotted hyaenas in action. As always, we will spend lots of time out in the field, and you will be with like-minded photographers who are happy to put in the time to get the images.
Eka hotel – Nairobi, Kenya
12 March 2019 (1 night)
On your arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you across the terminal and to your transfer vehicle. You will be taken to the Eka hotel for the start of the trip. The Eka hotel is a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency you would like at the start of the trip. Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, Eka hotel is ideally suited should you wish to arrive earlier and explore some sights around the city. On the morning of the 1st March, our group will be transferred to Wilson Airport, where we will board our scheduled air charter to the Masai Mara and Kicheche Bush Camp.
Kicheche Bush camp – Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Greater Masai Mara, Kenya
13 – 19 March 2019 (7 nights)
Kicheche Bush Camp is located in the Masai Mara area within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the Reserve. The Conservancy, through it’s strict limit on bed numbers, offers an incomparable game viewing experience without crowds. The camp is located in a prime wildlife area and game viewing here is unparalleled. This reserve only hosts a few camps and we we are permitted to drive off-road to follow lions, leopards, cheetahs, etc which is key to getting good photos.
Six spacious luxury tents, fully insect-proof, with en-suite bathrooms and a flushing toilet, running cold water and hot safari showers. Solar power is provided 24 hours to your tent and the comfortable verandah chairs are perfect to relax in and offer great views over the game-filled plains. One tent can be converted into a triple on request. There is a well furnished lounge and dining tent, although mealtimes are generally alfresco if weather permits. We focus on getting out before sunrise, and head out at first light to increasen our chances of getting the cats still being active. We normally have breakfast in the field while is lunch is normally in camp.
In the late afternoon, we are off again in search of wildlife. A hearty dinner awaits us back at camp whenever its time to return. We share stories of the day around the campfire and under the stars.
We will also have the opportunity to visit a local Masai village (or “Enkang” in Maa) to learn more about the traditions and culture of the surrounding community and photograph the people and their village.
Hot air balloon safaris are also available and can be arranged once at the camp. This is a very early morning activity, giving stunning views of the sunrise, the landscape and a sense of the sheer size of the Masai Mara region.
On our trips we are always available in the mid day for editing sessions and image reviewing.
20 March 2019
Today we will catch our scheduled air charter flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. On arrival, we will be met by our representatives and will have day rooms, depending on departure flight times, (at the Eka Hotel, Nairobi) to shower and get ready for our international flights back home. International flights may be scheduled to depart that evening to home destinations. See note below regarding travel extensions.
Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, including other camps in Kenya and/or Tanzania, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, or other destinations can be arranged through Eyes on Africa. Ask us for further information.
This trip will run with a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants.
ZAR140 000 (US$ 11 200) per person sharing
ZAR12 500 (US$ 1 000) single supplement
ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and exact price will be confirmed via invoice.
This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as hotel accommodation and all meals (except as noted above and in exclusions below).
Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.
What is included
- Accommodation on a shared basis however should you want single accommodation on the safari please get in touch and enquire if this is possible
- 2x Trip leader (Grant Atkinson and Helena Atkinson)
- Private safari vehicles at both safari camps
- Luggage allowance for Nairobi-Mara air charters (extra freight seats have been arranged): 70-75 pounds per person in total.
- All safari activities and transfers to/from the airports and the hotels
- Breakfast on Day 2 (morning of 13 March)
- All meals and drinks at Kicheche Bush Camp.
- Daily laundry at both safari camps (except for underwear)
- Olare Motorogi / Mara North Conservancy fees and Masai Mara Game Reserve fees
- Meet & Assist service on arrival in Nairobi
- Round trip scheduled air charters between Nairobi and the Masai Mara camp
- Day room at the Eka Hotel, Nairobi
- The current Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax or Government Sales Tax
What is NOT included
- International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Nairobi
- Dinner and drinks at Eka hotel (Nairobi) on Day 1, all meals and drink at Eka hotel on the 20th of March
- Discretionary gratuities for hotel staff in Nairobi
- Discretionary gratuities for vehicle drivers in Nairobi
- Discretionary gratuities for meet and assist staff in Nairobi
- Discretionary gratuities for safari camp guides and staff
- Laundry or extras at Nairobi hotels
- Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, imported wines, special spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
- Optional pre-/post- safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari.
- Please read our Safari Code of Ethics and Conduct.
- During the safari we will share our workflow and processing techniques on the computer. To make the most of this opportunity you are advised to bring a laptop and card reader as well as enough external storage for these sessions as well as the editing software you are most comfortable with. Grant and Helena both use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC.
- Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, including other camps in Kenya and/or Tanzania, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, or other destinations may be arranged through Eyes on Africa as desired. Ask us for further information.
- Discretionary gratuities for driver guides are recommended at USD $25 to $30 per person per day.
- Discretionary gratuities for camp and hotel staff are recommended at USD $15 to $25 per person per day.
- Any discretionary gratuities for guides, staff and trip leaders should be paid out in cash.
- Our group size is a maximum of 6 participants.
- Note also that some of the safari camps may only accept cash for curio purchases.
- Although most safari lodges offer complimentary internet access, connections can be interrupted.
- Tropical rain showers can occur this time of year and you should bring rain gear both for yourself and your camera equipment.
- Laundry services are offered but no underwear will be done, although you can do this in your room with laundry soap provided.
- Devices can be charged in the rooms and the main area.
- Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if sent through beforehand.
Country informationKenya is a medium sized country, that straddles the equator, on the eastern side of the African continent. The land surface is almost the size of the state of Texas. It has a population of over 50 million people. Income is derived from services, agriculture, tourism and industry. Forestry, fishing, tea, coffee, coconuts, cashews, sugarcane and corn are all important to the economy. Kenya has a better developed infrastructure than any of its neighbouring countries. It is also one of the most advanced African countries when it comes to cellular phone networks, internet access and computer skills. The agricultural sector of the economy can be negatively affected by drought. Kenya has a far northern border with Somalia and the Kenyan military has been actively engaged in anti-terror countermeasures with a high degree of success in recent years.Kenya is a very beautiful country with a wide range of environments that can be viewed. The Indian Ocean coastline has year-round warm, clear tropical waters which offer good diving and attractive beaches. There are also several important wildlife reserves with the Mara National Reserve being a standout. The Mara is home to a fantastic assemblage of large carnivores like lions, spotted hyaena, cheetah, jackals and leopard, along with thousands of herbivores. For a few months of each year, the huge migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra are also present in the Mara. Amboseli National park is a striking reserve that is home to many elephants, and with Mount Kilimanjaro for a background.There is no trophy hunting permitted in Kenya.