Project Description

MASAI MARA, KENYA

26 – 7 MARCH 2022 (9 NIGHTS)
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Join Helena and Grant Atkinson and a small group of (max 6) photographers in March 2022 as they explore the southern Mara National Reserve in Kenya, in search of big cats and other iconic African wildlife species.  Whilst we focus our attention on animals like lions, cheetah and spotted hyaena, we will also be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe and many other species like zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest to name a few.  Though rarely seen, leopard and black rhino do occur in this part of the reserve.

The Mara’s mix of savannah grasslands, thickets, hillsides, rivers and marshes is home to more than 80 species of mammals.  Hippo, Coke’s hartebeest, topi, Thomsons and Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik are just some of the more commonly encountered herbivores.  Primates include olive baboon and vervet monkey.  Approximately 450 bird species have also been recorded in the Mara and they always add colour to our trips.

Our visit takes place after the large herds of migratory wildebeest have departed this part of the Mara.  However, this has little effect on the resident wildlife, which live year-round in the reserve.

This safari takes place within the Mara National Reserve, so off-road driving may not be possible.  On the other hand, there is a very good network of roads which allows for good photographic positioning, and this is aided by the open nature of the terrain.

We use Enkewa camp as our base in the Mara, with its classic East African tented camp style.  The tents are built on wooden decks, and have a bright and airy feel with fantastic views.  There is solar-sourced power available for charging in each tent which makes it easy to keep camera and laptop batteries well-charged.  There is also basic wi-fi available in each tent.

All images in the gallery for this photo safari are from recent safaris to the Mara National Reserve.

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TRIP SUMMARY
  • 7 Days of game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Expert local guides to help us find the animals and share knowledge about the wildlife and areas
  • Photographic guide on every drive

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Seven nights in the Mara National Reserve.
  • Based out of Enkewa camp, it is possible to encounter wildlife in close proximity to our camp.
  • A maximum group size of six photographers and we will make use of two vehicles.
  • The small group size means that the photo leaders have the opportunity to assist photographers of all skill levels with individual attention.
  • A maximum of three photographers per vehicle.
  • We use Toyota Landcruiser game drive vehicles.  They are open sided, and the front window can fold forward, to benefit photographic use.
  • The two game drive vehicles have three rows of seats behind the driver.  The driver works with a spotter to help him find animals.  The spotter will sit in the back row of the jeep, on one side.  Photographers sitting in the first two rows will have the whole row to themselves.  Photographers sitting in the third row will share it with the spotter.  We will follow a seat rotation policy amongst the photographers.
  • Two photographic leaders, Grant and Helena Atkinson, will lead the group.  The leaders will switch between the two game drive vehicles.
  • During each day, and when not in the field, both Grant and Helena Atkinson will be available in camp to work with all members of the group.  They will share information on camera setup, as well as image processing tips and techniques, all related to the kind of wildlife photography the Mara allows for.  They both use Adobe Lightroom as their main processing program.  They are also familiar with Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation and Breakfast at Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi
  • Accommodation at Enkewa camp
  • All meals and local drinks included
  • Transfers to and from airport is included
  • Conservation Levy and park fees included
  • Return flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to the Conservancy
  • Cost: US$7 999 per person sharing
  • Single supplement of US$1 200, maximum 2 single spots available

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