Masai Mara Great Migration - Wild Voyager
Jul-Aug 2018

Masai Mara - The great migration


Aug 2018

INTRODUCTION

Situated near Narok in Kenya, Masai Mara is one of the popular reserves. It forms the most spectacular ecosystem of Africa alongwith the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

It is named in the honour of Masai people who are original inhabitants of the area. The word ‘mara’ means spotted denoting trees, savanna and cloud shadows that characterize the area.

The park is situated on a rift valley. It is bounded by the Serengeti Park to the south, the Siria escarpment to the west, and Maasai pastoral ranches to the north, east and west.

The reserve is characterized by open grassland dotted by seasonally rivulets. The Sand, Talek and Mara River meander through the reserve.

The park shelters unique fauna including cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, oribi, reed-buck, and zebra. Hippopotamus and crocodiles are found in Mara and Talek Rivers.

About 470 species of birds have been identified at the park such as vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons and the lilac-breasted roller.

Highlights

1. View the Big Cats in action and witness the great migration
2. Witness over 50 species of birds during the trip (going by past experiences)
3. Silver grade naturalist and driver to accompany in the trip
4. Travel in comfortable land rovers.
5. Stay at the luxurious Ashnil Mara or Mara Serena camps
6. Return domestic Flights from Nairobi to Masai Mara

Itinerary

Day 1: – Arrival – Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our airport rep. and assisted with visa formalities, past the customs you will be introduced to your driver who will transfer you to the Sarova Panafric

Sarova Panafric is situated in Nairobi, 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and a 5-minute drive from the CBD. It features 2 restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool.
Flame Tree Restaurant and Bar features an open terrace overlooking the city. It offers an English breakfast, 15-minute business lunches and an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The Pool Garden Restaurant serves buffet lunch.
Guests can enjoy a massage at Tulia Wellness Beauty & Therapy or browse in the curio shop on site. The business center offers secretarial services and free Wi-Fi is available.
You will be booked on Bed and Breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi/Mara

After a leisurely Breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Wilson Airport for your flight to Masai Mara.

On arrival at the Mara airstrip, you will be met by your driver/guide and guided to board your waiting vehicle. After a short briefing on your safari you will proceed to either Mara Sarova Game Camp or Ashnil Mara Camp with enroute game drive.

The world’s renowned park and the newest 7th wonder of the world. “The Masai Mara Game Reserve” The Mara game reserve is a must see and the highlights of a Kenyan Safari..

After lunch and early afternoon relaxing at the lodge you will have an afternoon cup of coffee/ tea and latter depart for an afternoon game drive in the park in search on the big five.
You will return to the lodge later for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Masai Mara

Whole day in the Mara with Morning, mid-morning and evening game drives.

In between the game drives you can take optional activities like Balloon ride and a visit to the Masai village to experience the culture of the locals.

Meals and overnight at the lodge.

This day you will also have an option of taking a Hot Air Balloon Ride to view the wildlife from an elevated position.
A balloon ride over the Mara could be one of the most memorable experience during your safari that you will carry for the longest time.

Viewing the Mara eco-system from the skies is sure to be an experience to remember.

Optional balloon ride :

You will be picked early morning from your camp and driven to the balloon launching site
How it happens
You will ascend in early morning when the winds are calmest.
Watch as your professional crew fills the balloon with hot air. Slowly the big colorful bag begins to bulge and take shape. Now board the traditional wicker gondola basket while the expert pilot makes final adjustments. As the pink and red fireball of the sun rises in splendor over the plain, you are up and away –for the flight of a life time!
Your balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the Mara, with only the intermittent whisper of the balloon’s gas burners punctuating the silence of your majestic flight .Because wind and conditions vary, every flight is a new and a different experience. From your vantage point about 50—500 feet above the reserve, you have a fantastic 360 degrees bird’s view as one of the most dramatic scenes in nature unfolds beneath you.
After your incredible flight, it is time to come back down to earth for breakfast. As you dig into a splendid breakfast of sizzling bacon, eggs, sausages, home-made breads, fresh tropical fruit and steaming cups of Kenyan tea under the clear blue sky, you might wonder what all the ordinary people are doing on this perfect African morning.

Before leaving, the pilot will present you with a balloon flight certificate. No flight of the imagination can match this air-borne experience and could be the most memorable event of your entire safari.

Meals and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: – Masai Mara

This day you will have a whole day in the Mara departing the camp after breakfast with packed lunch boxes for a full day extensive game drive in the Mara.
You will have your picnic lunch in the heart of Masai Mara and then spend the whole afternoon with more game drives in search of the big five.

Later you will return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

The evenings at the camp are graced with traditional Masai dancers amidst a bon-fire.
Retire to bed at your own leisure.

Day 5: – Masai Mara

Another whole day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drive and optional activities in between the game drives.
Meals and overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: – Masai Mara

Another whole day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drive and optional activities in between.
Meals and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7:- Masai Mara / Nairobi

After breakfast at the camp you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi
You will arrive in Nairobi Early afternoon and depending on your departure flight timings take optional activities.

Optional activities this day.

The Giraffe Center
The Bomas of Kenya,
The Animal Orphanage
The Nairobi Museum
The Karen Blixen Museum
Farewell Dinner at the Carnivore.

Later you will be transferred to the airport in time for check in and later connect to your onward flight.

Slots

25 to 31 Aug 2018

MORE DETAILS

Stay

Accommodation will be at Ashnil Mara or Mara Serena. These are amongst the best resorts in Masai Mara. Food in resort will be scrumptious buffet spread comprising international and indian cuisine. Vegetarian options can also be arranged upon request.

Located at the very centre of the famous ‘Mara Triangle’ in the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas.

Travel

Nairobi to Masai Mara transport will be in internal flights. Safaris will be in comfortable Land-cruisers with upto 4 people in one car excluding the driver. These vehicles can drive in extreme off-road conditions and can handle all terrain inside the park.

We prefer this kind of land cruiser due to 360 degree viewing angle which is suitable for photography also.

This is another kind of land cruiser.

What to pack

While we will provide a detailed packing list before the trip.

Additional Details

There will be image review sessions every evening. Apart from that there will be specific photography sessions.

FAQ

  1. I am not a photographer or just a beginner in photography. Is this tour for me?

The primary purpose of this trip is to enjoy the the beautiful habitat and big cats and birds of Kenya plains.
Since this trip is designed for photographers, and by photographers, rest assured we have handpicked the best locations and you will be at the right places at the right time.

    1. Would you teach photography on this trip

There will be on-field guidance while shooting for those interested. In the evening there will be image reviews and talks on specific photography techniques and local habitat awareness. However it is expected that you are aware of the camera basics before you join the trip, to make the most of it.

  1. What camera gear do you suggest for this trip

We suggest a good wide angle lens for landscapes. For mammals, a 70-200mm or 70-300mm range lens is good, and for birds anything above 400mm range is good. Feel free to discuss your gear requirements with us before the tour, we can also help to arrange camera rentals through our partners

  1. What physical fitness is required to join this trip

If you are fit enough to carry your regular work and shuttle between office and home, then you can join this trip! All tours are by vehicle, so no need to walk anywhere. Climate is pleasant in Mara and Nairobi at this time of the year with usual temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 25 degrees.

    1. We have kids with us, can we join

Yes. Kids above 3 years of age are good to go in the jungle safari when accompanied by parents.

GALLERY

Check out some of the images made by our team at Kenya

WHY US?

For every destination we offer a tour, our team has been there multiple times before and have done all the background work on the ground logistics and photography opportunities. So every trip we offer is meticulously planned to offer the best photography opportunities in that place while ensuring a safe and comfortable stay for you.

You can just wind off from your mundane world, leave the hassles of logistics to us and enjoy your date with the wilderness. All this with the company of an experienced nature photographer who is there to help you with your photography needs. Read more about us here

COST AND TERMS

Cost – USD 3800 per person plus 5% GST

Terms

1. 25% advance payable for booking
2. 75% of amount payable two months before the booking

Cancellation charges

1. More than 60 days before the trip – 30%
2. 30-60 days before the trip – 60%
3. Less than 30 days before the trip – 90%


Inclusions
1. Stay at Ashnil Mara or Mara Serena in Mara on twin sharing
2. All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and NA beverages from Day 2 Breakfast to Day 7 Breakfast.
3. Nairobi to Masai mara return domestic flight
4. Four full day and two half day safaris in Masai Mara in Land Cruiser
5. Services of a English speaking silver grade guide cum driver throughout the trip
6. Photography assistance by a professional during the trip

Exclusions

1. Airfare till Nairobi
2. Visa Charges
3. Spends at Nairobi on Day 7, Day 1 lunch and dinner
4. Hot air balloon ride (at USD 400 per person)
5. Any tips or gratuities


BOOKING AND PAYMENT

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If you are sure of everything and wish to book the trip, please proceed for payment by clicking on the button below. After the booking is confirmed, we will reach out to you with your welcome kit and schedule a consultation with the tour skipper to plan your photography expectations from the trip.

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Quick facts

Slots:
25-31 Aug 2018

Cost:
USD 3800 per person plus 5% GST

Location:
Masai Mara, Kenya

Skipper:
Alankar Chandra

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About the Mentor
Alankar Chandra is a passionate traveller and one of the leading natural history photographers from India. His works have been published in international and domestic media and he is widely followed on social media. His passion has taken him to remote wilderness destinations in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Iceland and Thailand. He is a management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad and engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, and has held senior leadership position in corporates before chasing his passion with Wild Voyager.






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