Maasai Mara Great Migration & Big Cat Safari - September 2018

Photograph the 7th wonder of the natural world on a unique week long safari

Dates

10th September - 17th September 2018

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Overview & Photographic Opportunity

This safari is purely based on the Great Wildebeest Migration and gives the guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness and photograph this amazing natural spectacle. 

The safari will begin in Nairobi (10th September 2018), where upon arrival, the guests will spend 1 night at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. The following day (11th September 2018), they will catch an early morning internal flight from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to the Maasai Mara where for the next six days, (11th-16th September 2018), we will have exceptional opportunities and interactions to photograph the great herds of wildebeest, zebras, Thomson's gazelle and eland as they make their way to the rocky landscape of the Maasai Mara from the vast endless plains on the Serengeti National Park in the South in search of greener pastures. 

Over the course of the safari, guests will also encounter the famous big cats of the Maasai Mara that include lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopards. Big cat activity during this period is at an all time high. The months prior to the herds making their way to the Mara, due to the limited number of prey and long grass, the big cats are usually famished and often turn to scavenging. They take advantage of the arriving herds to replenish their fat and energy reserves. Other small and extremely rare cats can also be encountered during the safari, such as serval cats, caracal cats and the African wild cat. This also a great time to photograph the Big-5 (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhino and Buffalo).

The main highlight of this trip is to witness the river crossings, where thousands upon thousands of animals cross the treacherous waters of the Mara River in order to find fresh green shoots of grass. Waiting beneath the surface of the water are giant nile crocodiles, who have stayed months on end without a sufficient meal and this is the prefect opportunity for them to gorge themselves.   

Guides

Aatish & Aashit will be your personal guides and photographic instructors throughout the entire duration of your safari. They will share their extensive knowledge of the wildlife, flora and fauna not only of the surrounding areas, but also the different parks and reserves of Kenya. To get the perfect photograph it is important to be able to study the animal and understand it's overall behaviour, so as to perfectly position the vehicle and most importantly not to harass the animal or destroy the environment in any way possible. Over the years, having spent numerous hours closely interacting with the wildlife, they will assure you the perfect position to guarantee you that picture perfect shot.

All guides have a minimum of the bronze level qualification from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA), which was set up to, ensure excellent standards in guiding. They have a vast knowledge in a variety of fields, which include, ornithology, botany, geography, entomology and of course a extensive knowledge of the different animals encountered whilst on safari.

Camps, Hotels and Lodges

While in Nairobi, guests will spend the night at The Serena Hotel. The hotel is located overlooking Nairobi's Central Park and is a few minutes walk to Nairobi's central business district. The hotel is famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five star hospitality. The hotel is only a 30 minute drive from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

On safari, the guests will be staying at the Mara Intrepids Tented Camp, a luxury five star camp located right in the centre of the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Overlooking the Talek River, Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world's best-known wilderness. All tents include four-poster king size/single beds, full indoor plumbing with flush toilets and hot showers and a personal balcony overlooking the river. The camp is located only 2 minutes from Olkiombo Airstrip. The camp boasts excellent cuisines from all around the world and they cater for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Vehicles

All vehicles used while on safari are entirely safari modified land rovers 4x4s that are custom built to deal with the harshest of terrains and also to ensure your comfort and safety. They are capable of carrying up to a maximum of 5-7 PAX, but we recommend only 3-4 PAX per vehicle to ensure the utmost satisfaction, easy wildlife observation and photography. All vehicles are also fully equipped with roof hatches to improve all round game viewing and offer you a 360-degree panoramic view of your surroundings.

Guests/Participants

This safari will be for a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 8 guests. Each vehicle will comprise of 4 guests ensuring them maximum space for all their photographic gear and equipment and maximum comfort while on game drives.

Single Supplement

Additional cost for a single supplement will be $350 Per Person Per Night

Summary

The cost of the safari will be 7000 USD per person sharing, and includes:

  • Aatish & Aashit as your personal tour guides/operators
  • 1 night accommodation in Nairobi on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • 6 nights accommodation in Mara Intrepids Camp on a Full Board Basis
  • Return flights to and from Maasai Mara
  • Park Fees
  • Flying Doctor (AMREF) cover
  • All Internal transportation and transfers while on safari
  • Daily game drives in custom built 4x4 Land Rovers