Dates

05/09/2020 – 12/09/2020

Photographic opportunities

On this safari we’ll photograph the famous big cats of the Masai Mara, Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards and we’ll search for the equally interesting small cats, Servals and Caracals. We’ll follow them through the day and the week, photograph them as they search for prey, defend their territories, play or simply relax under a magnificent Mara sky. Depending on the situations, sometimes we might concentrate on one family of cats for many days, learning to see the world through their eyes. We will be based in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which boasts one of the highest concentrations of big cats in Africa. We will enjoy our encounters with the cats with few vehicles around, escaping the crowds of the main reserve at this time of the year.

In this period the great Wildebeests’ migration is in the Mara, giving us the opportunity to see huge herds of animals walking across the plains or the magnificent river crossings, one of the most amazing natural spectacles on earth.

Participants

This safari will be for a maximum of 8 guests on two vehicles. Each guest will have a full row of seats available to photograph comfortably on both sides. Couples may request to share a row of seats, for a maximum of 1 couple per vehicle. Minimum of 5 guests are required for the safari to take place.

Vehicles

We will use 2 extended Land Cruiser specifically configured for wildlife photography. Each Land Cruiser seats 7 guests on three rows of seats, but we give each photographer a full row. Vehicles are open on all sides and have open roof.

Camps

We will spend six nights at the amazing Kicheche Bush Camp, in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.  The tents are extremely comfortable, all are en-suite with toilets and showers, and food is excellent.

Guides

Federico Veronesi will be your guide for the whole safari. He will share his time equally between the two vehicles. Throughout the safari he will share his knowledge on the wildlife of the Mara, the cats that he has been following for many years, some of them since they were cubs. Through the years he learned to understand and predict their behaviour, ensuring you’ll often be in the best spot for photography, all without running from one place to the other and most importantly without disturbing them or destroying their environment. Federico will provide assistance to participants on all aspects of wildlife photography, from composition and light in the field, to processing of images in the evening in camp.

Vehicles will be driven by amazing Maasai guides certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and with extensive knowledge of the Masai Mara and habituated to guide photographic trips.

Price

The cost for this safari will be 7,860 USD p/person on sharing basis (limited single rooms available, supplement is USD 1,170), including:

  • Full board accommodation for 6 nights at Kicheche Bush Camp;
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Nairobi on bed & breakfast;
  • Conservancy Fees and 2 days park fees in the Masai Mara;
  • Guiding by Federico Veronesi sharing between two vehicles;
  • Full row on Land Cruiser 4×4 with unlimited game drives from before sunrise to after sunset;
  • Masai Mara – Nairobi flight;
  • Flying Doctors emergency evacuation insurance;
  • 2 transfers in Nairobi.

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Lion family Masai Mara photo safari

Leopard couple on exposed roots of fig tree in Masai Mara

Cheetah cubs playing backlit in Masai Mara

Masai Mara photographic safari camp

Masai Mara photographic safari camp

Masai Mara photographic safari camp