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Big Cat Photo Safari, 2018

Photograph the Maasai Mara’s spectacular big cats

Join us in February 2018 to photograph the leopards, lions and cheetah of the Maasai Mara, staying in a private camp, reserved just for us. The Mara is world famous for its big cats as well as being packed with many other species, and as such it presents a wonderful opportunity to photograph not just the big cats but also elephant, antelope, buffalo and hippo. And if we’re lucky, we may even see a black rhino.

Photograph the Mara's most iconic wildlife

Photograph the Mara’s most iconic wildlife

This safari accommodates 12 guests and together with David Lloyd, I will be co-leading this incredible photographic experience. David is an award winning wildlife photographer, with several prestigious awards to his name including twice being recognised in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His recently released first book ‘As Long As There Are Animals’, reflects the 50+ weeks David has spent in the Mara over the last several years, and as such has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the area.

We will base ourselves at Entim Private Camp, which is at what just may be the best location in the Maasai Mara.

DATES & COSTS

FEBRUARY 3 – 10th, 2018
FEBRUARY 10 – 17th, 2018

The full cost for this safari is $4400
Groups sizes are limited to a maximum of 12, with 2 co-leaders (see below)

Bookings are secured with a $500 deposit per person with payments to be made in $US.
A single supplement is available at $900 extra (optional for single travellers, see below).

BOOKING
To book or reserve your place on this safari please email me at richard@richardpeters.co.uk
I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

FINANCIAL PROTECTION
Payments for all safaris are made through Steppes Travel which means you have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator.

Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected.
Steppes Travel can also book flights on your behalf for full financial protection.
More information on terms and conditions, see here.

ABOUT THE SAFARI
This tour is for photographers of all levels, inexperienced and experienced alike. We also welcome non-photographing companions too. Our aim is to help people take better wildlife photos. We will provide tuition and tips, and aim to bring you to speed early on so that you’ll be taking better wildlife pictures long before the tour ends. For those wishing to learn about image processing, we will also offer tuition on the use of Lightroom and Photoshop on the two iMacs we will provide at camp.

We have a number of features specifically tailored for wildlife photography:

  • Prime location inside the reserve – we’re in the heart of the Mara for the best morning and evening light
  • Three photographers per six seat vehicle
  • Ground transportation for luggage – we alleviate your flight weight restriction worries
  • iMac workstation access – we will have iMacs at camp with preloaded editing software

A spectacular Mara sunrise

THE CAMP
Entim Private, is a luxury camp with eight large Meru style tents with full bathroom facilities and solar powered electricity, offering ample facility for charging batteries during the mealtimes (the food is superb) and evenings. The camp is situated right on one of the main crossing points of the Mara River, inside the reserve. Lion, cheetah and leopard are often found close by.

Full details of the Private camp and it’s facilities can be found on the Entim website.

THE VEHICLES
We provide a whole row of seats for each photographer, thus providing ample scope, space and flexibility for photography. For the 4x4s normally seating four people, we will seat only two per vehicle, and for the 4x4s seating six, we seat three. Beanbags are provided in each vehicle as is a provision to clamp tripod heads on the roof as well.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY
Simply put, there is no other place in Africa which boasts the density of wildlife than that of the Maasai Mara. It is a photographers dream, and together with lion, cheetah, and leopard, we will be treated to zebra, giraffe, impala, serval, among others. With a little luck, we’ll also see a lion kill, cheetah chase or even black rhino.

iMAC WORKSTATION ACCESS
With access to an iMac loaded with Photoshop and Lightroom, there is opportunity to backup your images and make edits. On request we will also offer group or one-to-one image processing tuition (at no extra cost) in either Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. We can cover the processing techniques that we use, including both colour and black and white treatments.

WORKSHOPS
We offer daily workshops in camp, during down times between drives These cover a range of topics from basic camera settings to advanced photographic techniques. treatments.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Because the internal flights into the Mara are on smaller aircraft (seating up to 37) there is a strict weight restriction on luggage of only 15kg. Photographers typically carry weights far in access of this, so we’re providing transportation of all or some of your luggage to the camp by road as well as on the aircraft. This normally takes 4-6 hours but it will arrive at camp by the time we set out for the first afternoon drive.

EXTRA’S
We offer two additional excursions which are optional: a balloon ride with champagne breakfast, or visit a nearby Maasai village (both optional, costs extra).

ITINERARY
Day 1: We are picked up from Nairobi Airport on arrival by our driver and onto the Serena Hotel in Nairobi where we will all meet and introduce ourselves.

Day 2: At 10:00am we transfer to Wilson Airport some fifteen minutes away to where we take a 45 minute a flight to our camp in the Maasai Mara. We will arrive in time for a camp welcome and introduction, lunch and embark on our first afternoon drive at 3:30. At about 6:00 we return to camp to relax in front of the camp fire and dinner afterwards at about 7:30-8:00.

Day 3: This is our first full day in the Mara. Morning drives begin at 6:00 am and continue until about midday or longer, depending on animal activity that day. This will include a break for some 45 minutes for a light breakfast and refreshment. Then it’s back to camp for lunch, rest, or to spend a little time at the iMac workstations. Then at 3:30 we head out for a late afternoon drive returning at sunset at about 6:00. That evening we can relax in front of the boma (camp fire) with dinner afterwards at about 7:30-8:00.

Day 4/5/6/7: As day 3.

Day 8: We have time for a three hour morning drive before returning to camp at 9:00 for breakfast then at 11:00 we’ll catch our return flight to Nairobi. For the remainder of that afternoon and evening we can just relax at the Serena Hotel by the pool or at the bar before transfer to Nairobi Airport for our international flights home.

Lioness

COSTS

The cost of $4400 includes

  • One night Serena Hotel stay in Nairobi
  • Flights to and from the Masai Mara from Wilson airport
  • All airport transfers
  • Ground transportation of luggage
  • Six nights accommodation and all meals at Entim Camp
  • Hire of vehicles and guides for game drives and park fees
  • Flying Doctor emergency medical service
  • Local alcoholic beverages at camp

Cost does not include

  • International flights from UK
  • Kenya visa ($50)
  • Alcoholic beverages at Serena, and non-local alcoholic beverages at camp
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides

Costs are per person sharing. A single supplement option is available at $900 extra. A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking, with the balance being required twelve weeks before.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Although the camp provides beanbags, which are good, I like to bring my own so that I know it will support my gear as required. The camp is very happy to fill your own beanbag should you choose to bring one. Tripods are not required, as there is no room for them inside the vehicles. Lenses of up to 400mm (on full frame) should suffice for 90% of your needs, the animals can get quite close, but it also depends on your own personal style of photography. For some of the smaller birds, a 600mm and above would be necessary.

Flights out of Wilson Airport to the Mara have a strict weight policy of 15kg, that’s clothes, personal items, laptop, cameras, lenses, everything. That’s why we’re providing the option to transport your luggage or camera bag by road.

Malaria tablets are recommended, speak to your doctor about which will be most suited to you.

Tips are optional, but as a guide, about $10-15 a day per person to your driver/guide is always well received.