Migration Uncut - Masai Mara

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By-Nature Wanderers

About The Listing

Type of Trip : Photo Tours

Level : Medium

Location : Kenya

Duration : 7 Days 6 Nights

Trip Start : Nairobi

Trip End : Nairobi

Description

Among the world’s epic wildlife events, few can match Great Migration. And for nature photographers, there is simply nothing like being in the midst of thousands of wildebeest and zebra as they make their annual trek over the Serengeti plains in pursuit of new grass. Agile predators steal behind, poised to seize the young and the weak that trail the great herds. To truly capture the wonder of the migration in images, it’s essential to witness it from key vantage points that offer close-up views.

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Activities

Daytime

Photography
Wildlife

Evening

Camping
Photography Workshop
Review Of Days Work By Shivang Mehta him self.
Bonfire

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Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival & Depart for Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

    Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will immediately depart for the world renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve after a short safari briefing. You will be driven along the breathtaking Great Rift Valley (with a short stop at viewpoint for photographic opportunities) to arrive in time for lunch at your camp. At 15.30 hrs, you'll embark on your first game drive in search of the big cats hunting.  Your day one comes to an end with dinner at the camp. Relax its camping night.

    Day 02 to 06: Full days in Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

    You will spend the next four (04) days in the Mara where you will have a good chance of seeing herds of buffalo and zebra as well as hippos and many other animals and birds. Go on a full day game drive and enjoy a picnic lunch out in the bush or return to camp for lunch. A visit to a Maasai village can be planned at an additional cost that gives a glimpse of a very different way of life. The Great Migration is an amazing sight to behold when 1.5 million gnus are on the move across the plains. You may be fortunate enough to see one of the most dramatic river crossings of the season. The Masai Mara is without a doubt one of the best wildlife photography destinations in the world and during migration season there are few photographers who will not be moved by the experience. On all four days meals and overnight stay is planned at the camps.

    Day 07: Drive back to Nairobi & outbound departure.

    After breakfast drive back to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch at a city restaurant and thereafter you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight or you can extend your safari to Amboseli / Tsavo / Nakuru / Samburu at an extra cost.

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Pricing    

* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 20 Jul, 2015
Single entry ₹ 201,600 EMI starts* ₹ 17,912
* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 20 Jul, 2015
Single entry ₹ 201,600 EMI starts* ₹ 17,912
* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 20 Jul, 2015
Single entry ₹ 201,600 EMI starts* ₹ 17,912

Inclusions

Includes
  • Guaranteed window seat in 4x4 Land Cruiser.
  • All meals.
  • Photography guide.
  • Masai Mara entry fee.
  • Unlimited game drives.
  • Emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Accommodation at camp site in Masai Mara.
  • 1/2 litre mineral water per person per day.
  • Airport transfers in Nairobi on arrival / departure.
  • Invertor and adaptors in the vehicle.
  • Movement in 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicles.
Doesn’t Includes
  • Airfares.
  • Visa fee.
  • Laundry.
  • Tips & gratuities for guides and staffs.
  • Beverages.
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Terms & Conditions

Accommodation cancelled till 121 days from noon to the date of accommodation. 30% of the rate applicable per room night cancelled. Accommodation cancelled between 120 to 91 days from noon to the date of accommodation. 50% of the rate applicable per room night cancelled. Accommodation cancelled till 90 days to arrival. 100% of the rate applicable per room night cancelled. The same applies for no shows. No amount is refundable in case of cancellation beyond this period.

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Tips, Hints, Precautions

  • 1. Tell me more about the camp.

  • The best part of this expedition is where you will stay. Your tents are situated on the banks of mighty Mara.So you will be very close where all the action happens. As for tents they are quiet spacious and equipped with comfortable beds, with mosquito nets, and have basic safari style showers and flush toilets. The wash basin and stand, are located just outside the tents, with a jug of water provided for washing hands or shaving.

  • Lighting for the tents is via solar power, and a generator is provided for charging batteries and any other electrical equipment. The generator is switched on every evening and turned off before guests retire for the night. However, it can be turned on at any other time. All power points are provided in the mess tent.

  • Sumptuous meals are served out in the open, weather permitting; or in the mess tent. A well stocked bar with cold drinks ensures that one can enjoy a chilled beer or glass of wine after a hot, dusty day out in the park; or at nightcamp by the campfire after dinner.

  • The cozy campfire provides an ideal setting for the exchange of the day’s events & sightings with the sounds of the night predators and insects providing the perfect “bush” orchestra to end the day.

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  • 2. What about photography in Masai Mara? Is it a challenge?

  • Mara and that too during migration time is teaming with wildlife action and is by far the best place to shoot wildlife in the world. There is no dull day in the park.  It is almost too easy to get great images in huge numbers. You cannot possibly get so many wildlife pictures in any other location in the world. On a typical day someone with a DSLR camera would get anywhere between 10 and 20 GB of images. Besides on some occasions you will fill up all your memory cards. It is advisable to carry spare batteries and many spare memory cards. You would need to download your cards regularly. Another great thing about the Masai Mara is that all the lenses that you have would be good to shoot. You will get lots of images from your widest lens to your biggest telephoto. It would be a bonus to have a big telephoto like a 400 or 500 mm but if you do not have one you will not miss out much. Lenses with variable zoom (like Canon 100-400mm, Canon 70-200 f2.8) work great because the light is great for most part of the day and the action happens close by.

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  • 3. How is this trip different from others?

  • Migration is the peak season in Mara and because we are camping in some of the best locations in Masai Mara (due to the reasons mentioned above) so a substantial amount goes to the forest authorities as camping fee and other safari related charges. Lodge accommodation outside the park is definitely cheaper but when the migration is happening, you need to be closer to the action areas. The guides, vehicles, communication equipments and locations that tour partner uses are top end and that does come at a premium. Probably your campsite may not offer you a swanky pool to chill during safari breaks but one thing is for sure it will have no breaks in safaris! That is why it is termed as annual tour – MIGRATION UNCUT!

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