Way up among the great wildlife spectacles is the annual migration that occurs in the Masai Mara – the river crossings of the vast numbers of wildebeest being the dramatic peak of this amazing annual event. The private luxury camp at Entim, inside the park itself and where we will be based for this trip, will place us right at the heart of the action as the camp is based right next to one of the river crossings so there’s every chance one could occur literally on our doorstep. As if this mass gathering isn’t enough there is the added drama of crocodiles lying in wait for the crossings themselves, and further opportunities to photograph the famous prides of lions, cheetah, leopard, elephant and with luck black rhino as well as the dramatic settings that the Mara has to offer: every day is more than capable of delivering something totally different and equally special here. This will be a photographic safari to remember on which we will work with a whole row of seats per photographer in each vehicle to ensure you the best of the many encounters we will have.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: We will look to arrive in Nairobi in early evening after our international flights and will transfer to the comfortable Serena Hotel for our short overnight stay.
Day 2: In the morning we will arrange the ground transportation for your luggage to ensure that the 15kg weight restriction on the next morning’s internal flight proves to be no issue given the heaviness of carrying photographic and other gear. Taking our photographic equipment with us, after breakfast we will head to Wilson Airport for our 45-minute flight to our camp in the Masai Mara, in time to settle in, meet our local drivers and guides. We will be based at Entim camp which is based inside the reserve, close to the action and with quick access to the main river crossing points, one of which is located right in front of the camp itself allowing us the chance to watch crossings from the camp confines and away from the tourist traffic elsewhere. After lunch we will head off for our first afternoon drive at around 3.30pm. We will return to camp about 6.00pm where our luggage will be waiting for us before relaxing in front of the campfire and enjoying dinner at around 7.30-8.00pm.
Days 3 – 7: We will look to make the most out of each of these full days we have to photograph in the Mara. This is a setting that has the highest density of wildlife in Africa, and with this trip coinciding with the peak of the migration season there will be over 1.5 million wildebeest giraffe and zebra around us along with the Masai Mara’s justifiably famous big cats with lion, cheetah and with luck the more elusive leopard in good densities and offering the chance for some great encounters. The possibility of serval, plenty of hyenas, birdlife including secretary birds and tawny eagles and the diversity and potential on offer is endless for every drive. Looking for the drama of a wildebeest crossing though will be our main priority as this has to be one of the most amazing spectacles in the natural world. Our camp actually embraces one of the main crossing points so we might even be lucky enough to witness a crossing whilst at base. Each morning we will embark on our first drive at 6.00am and will continue until around midday or longer dependant on animal activity with a short break for a light breakfast and refreshment during this outing. Every photographer will have a whole row of seats on each drive, ensuring ample space and flexibility for photography. On returning to camp there is time for lunch, a short rest, downloading images and time for some advice on your images and also processing as you wish. We will return to our vehicles for an afternoon drive at 3.30pm and return at 6.00pm to again look to relax by the camp fire with dinner at 7.30-8.00pm and no doubt with images also to be discussed and compared as well!
Day 8: We will have time for a final 3 hour morning drive on this our last full day before a final breakfast at 9.00am and then catching our return flight to Nairobi at 11.00am. We will have the chance to refresh at the Serena Hotel once again in the afternoon while our luggage catches us up and before our evening international flights home. There may be an option for you to book a day room during our time here but this is not included: the lounge area where we will relax is comfortable and spacious and there is also a pool area we can relax in outside too: this has a changing room/shower too.
Day 9: Arrive home in the morning after our overnight flights on the 4th August.
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