Great Migration 2014
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Great Migration 2014

15-23 AUGUST 2014

This photo safari from 15th to 23rd August 2014 goes to one of the world’s seven wonders – the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, where 1.5 million wildebeests are migrating at this time of year. In addition, there’s also lots of other interesting wildlife to see and photograph. The camp is ideally situated near two of the most popular crossing points for wildebeest herds, and in an area of the Masai Mara where there are fewer tourists even in the peak of the season. We welcome you to magical days in Africa!

This WildPhoto Travel safari is very popular so be quick and let us know if you want to go. REQUEST MORE INFORMATION

 

Sunset zebra in Masai Mara. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden.

 

Who is this safari intended for?

  • If you are a keen nature photographer, this safari is perfect for you!
  • If you are interested in photography and want to take your spouse or a friend for something special.
  • If you want to experience the breathtaking scenery and magical wildlife, but you’re not necessarily a good photographer, you are also welcome. BUT, remember, we’re going to focus on photography!

 

Why go on this safari?

  • Our main concern is quality, and we’ve made thorough preparations, testing of the various programs, camps / lodges, safari vehicles, guides, food, logistics, aircraft and other practical matters. We offer a program that is optimized for photography, and we provide a great setting for experiencing nature at its best, along with a social aspect.
  • Nature Photographer Roy Mangersnes will be your expert tour guide, to achieve top photo opportunities during the entire safari. You will also receive technical supervision during the safari, if required.
  • We are a small group of 8 participants. This means that we get a maximum of 9 photographers including the tour guide sharing three vehicles.
  • We can spend more time in areas where there is a potential for great photos, rather than being stressed out going after the “Big Five”. This is very important if you want images that are significantly better than the normal “tourist pictures” taken in the Masai Mara.
  • Our safari vehicles are open Land Rovers with 3 rows of seats. Each participant gets his / her own whole row of seats! This represents a significant additional cost, but well worth it!
  • Our guides are skilled Masai tribesmen who have grown up in the area, with special expertise in birds, animals, history and culture. WildPhoto Travel have already used the same guides on several occations and they know what we are looking for. High quality guides are valuable for these safaris!
  • Our camp is located just outside the Masai Mara reserve, with the following benefits:
1) We can be out in the field BEFORE sunrise and AFTER sunset, which is not allowed inside the reserve. Since the magic light of the sunrise and sunset is very short near the equator it’s very important to be flexible on when we can be out in the field.
2) We can pretty much drive where we want; not only along the “highways” that are usually used inside the reserve.
3) We may in some cases get out of the vehicles for better, more exciting photo angles. The zebra picture below was taken while we were laying on the ground.
4) There is substantially less traffic in the area where our camp is located, which provides for better photo opportunities and nature experiences.

 

  • It is a 30-50 minute drive to one of the main crossing points for wildebeest in the Masai Mara River. It’s also only 25 minutes down to the Talek river where there are also some other crossing points.
  • There are two great groups of lions (13 and 20 individuals) near the camp, and both the lions and hyenas can be heard calling in the evenings from our tents.
  • The camp is relatively small, and our group will comprise half of the guests in the camp. This is an advantage compared to the larger camps / lodges where we can be easily lost in the crowd.
  • We fly directly in and out of the Masai Mara park, saving two stressful days of travelling overland. Quality, safety and efficiency are key words for this safari.
  • We have prepaid TRIPLE weight on the aircraft, meaning you can take 45 kg instead of 15 kg of baggage!
  • The other participants on this safari share your interests in nature photography. Good travel companions are important on photo safaris!
  • A significant part of your payment will benefit the local landowners (the Masai tribes). This is the best form of conservation and well worth supporting!
  • WildPhoto Travel is a member of the Norwegian fund “Reisegarantifondet”, and as a participant, you are assured of a refund if the trip is cancelled or there are bankruptcies, etc.


This Cheetah is photographed at sunset only 10 minutes away from our camp. Copyright © Roy Mangersnes

 

Facts about our Camp

Our camp is situated in a private conservation area just north of the border of the reserve. There are no fences or visible markers on the boundary between the reserve and the conservation area, as they share the same landscape with lots of wildlife on both sides. The camp is perfect for photo safaris because of the greater flexibility and photo opportunities. The camp has 10 tents for the guests and one bigger tent for dining and social gatherings. The tents are spacious with separate section for bathroom with toilet and safari showers (20 litres at a time). There is power (solar panels) in all the tents, but no power outlets. During the day you can charge laptops in a “office” tent when a generator is in operation. The camp is located at 1560 meters above sea level, and the expected daytime temperature is 20-30 C and 5-10 C at night. We have 3 open Land Rovers with great guides. The camp provides a good European standard of stay, and the food is safe and tasty.

 

Inside one of our our tents. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden

 

Security

Security is a top priority during the safari and will be maintained by the guides and guards. On game drives, we use open safari vehicles, without windows, but this is not dangerous when it comes to predators. In the camp there is a maximum of 100 meters to walk from the tents to the dining area or to the vehicles, and guards will follow you when it is dark. 5-10 guards are constantly on duty in the camp so you can relax and feel safe. In order to have proper security during the safari, it is important that you, as a participant, respect the rules and regulations of the guides, guards and the tour leader. In some cases we will give you the opportunity to step out of the safari vehicle to take pictures at ground level or to shoot landscapes with a tripod. The guides in consultation with the tour leader decide when it is safe to do this, so it is not possible to leave the vehicle whenever you want. Inside the reserve you are normally not allowed to leave the vehicle!

 

Vaccinations

There are few mosquitoes and insects in the Masai Mara, but you should take your malaria tablets (Malarone for example). We also recommend you to contact your local doctor or travel clinic so that you have the necessary vaccinations prior to your travel.

 

Wildebeests in the Masai Mara river. Copyright © Ole Jørgen Liodden

 

Some questions and answers

Q: Do all the 3 safari vehicles need to stick together all the time?
A: On transport stages, such as to the Masai Mara river it can be best to drive together as a group, but we have no strict policy of staying together all the time. By spreading out with 3 safari vehicles, we can cover a larger area, finding more photographic opportunities and not crowding each other. In some cases, all three vehicles might be together during a photo shoot. We will have radio contact between the groups and decide what makes the most sense to do from situation to situation.

 

Q: I am very interested in birds. Is this trip something for me?
A: Both yes and no. As nature photographers we are always interested in seeing and photographing birds. But, the mammals and the migration in particular, as well as the light conditions will be the primary focus during this safari, so we  won’t be stopping for every bird we see. The guides are very knowledgeable about birds so you will see many during the safari.

 

Q: I am a very ambitious photographer and want special treatment on this safari. Is this possible?
A: All participants on the safari will have equal opportunities, and ALL are given priority! If you want special treatment, you must hire your own safari vehicle and a separate arrangement independent of our safari.

 

Q: Does this safari require good health and a lot of walking?
A: No, there is not much walking, beyond what you do inside the airport terminals and inside the camp area. You must provide information about any health related problems prior to booking, so we are aware of it.

 

Q: What species can I expect to see and photograph?
A: The Masai Mara is one of the world’s natural wonders with many fascinating bird and animal species. We will return with a list of species.

 

Q: How likely are we to see and photograph the Wildebeest migration and crossings?
A: We are in the best area at the best time, and it would be a huge environmental disaster if 1.5 million Wildebeest suddenly don’t show up. River crossings usually happen every day in August/September, and with seven quality days in the area we will have  great opportunities to photograph it.

 

Q: The trip cost more than cheap tours I’ve seen online, why?
A: WildPhoto Travel arranges only high quality safaris and expeditions. We have chosen a camp with the best location, at the best time of year, with 3 open Land Rovers (rather than a closed Toyota Hiace), skilled guides and all inclusive (drinks included). You will also be flown directly into the Masai Mara park, with extra weight baggage allowance included, to name a few.

 

Q: Is it possible to rent a single room?
A: Yes, it is possible, but at extra cost.

 

Do you have additional questions, please let us know at: post@wildphoto.com

 

Program for 15-23 August 2014

15/8 Arriving Nairobi with KLM or British Airways. Overnight at the the hotel in Nairobi.

16/8 Transfer to Wilson airport and then fly out to the Masai Mara, arriving for lunch in camp before we start on the first game drive.

17/8 Full day game drive in Masai Mara with breakfast and lunch in the field. Focusing on Migration, predators and birds (in addition to landscapes and culture).

18/8 Full day game drive in Masai Mara with breakfast and lunch in the field. Focusing on Migration, predators and birds (in addition to landscapes and culture).

19/8 Full day game drive in Masai Mara with breakfast and lunch in the field. Focusing on Migration, predators and birds (in addition to landscapes and culture).

20/8 Full day game drive in Masai Mara with breakfast and lunch in the field. Focusing on Migration, predators and birds (in addition to landscapes and culture).

21/8 Full day game drive in Masai Mara with breakfast and lunch in the field. Focusing on Migration, predators and birds (in addition to landscapes and culture).

22/8 Short morning game drive, and lunch at camp. Transfer to airstrip and fly out of at 11:00. Transportation to the hotel for shower and rest. Transfer to int. Airport and evening flight home

23/8 Arrival in Amsterdam in the morning.

 

For those who want to take earlier or later flights to and from Nairobi, this is of course possible.

 

Male Lion in Masai Mara. Copyright © Roy Mangersnes.

 

Registration

Sign up for this safari with a deposit deposit payment (we send you payment information) and signed booking form. Note: this deposit is NOT refundable even if you later want to withdraw from the trip. But, if the safari is cancelled, then you will get a full refund. At registration you must also submit a signed booking form (we will send you this by email as a PDF file). NB: both sides in the booking form must be signed, and registration is binding. The price for the photo safaris is NOK 39.950,-

 

The price includes

  • Transportation from the airports in Nairobi to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the hotel with breakfast near the airport (good quality).
  • Transfer to Wilson airport and then fly out to the Masai Mara.
  • Everything in the Masai Mara is covered, including beverages.
  • Aircraft from the Masai Mara to Wilson airport.
  • Transfer to a day hotel in Nairobi (where you can have a shower, eat lunch, relax, etc.).
  • Transportation to the main airport in Nairobi.

 

The price does not include

  • Airfare to and from Nairobi.
  • Dinner and drinks at the hotel hotel the first night.
  • Gratuities (recommended approx. $ 5, – per day) to your main guides and staff.
  • Lunch, drinks etc. At the day hotel in Nairobi.

 

If you have further questions, please contact us by email: post@wildphoto.com or tel: +47 32126770 / +47 93451070

 

Welcome to exciting and memorable days on safari in Africa!
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