Guided photography trips to the Masai Mara
I can join you and a small group of other photographers (maximum: 4 participants) to the Masai Mara as your private photography host for an amazing week of wildlife photography!
The Masai Mara and the wildlife
The Masai Mara is an amazing place for wildlife photography. It is part of the larger Serengeti eco system and well known for its typical East African savannah landscape. In particular the big cats (lion, cheetah and leopard) are great to photograph here, but there’s so much more to see, such as other predators (hyena, smaller cats, etc.), elephants, giraffe and many species of birds. What’s great about the Mara is the density of wildlife; there’s something interesting to see around every corner. The stunning savannah landscape of the Mara provides us with many photography opportunities, such as silhouet shots and layering.
Photo’s of the camp, vehicles and several sightings of recent Mara trips
Learn more about photographing wildlife
Apart from an amazing safari trip, this is also a photography workshop. I’ll teach you everything you need to know about camera settings, creating interesting compositions, handling difficult situations such as low light and sunsets, and post processing. Pre-trip, I’ll be happy to answer any questions and prepare you for this trip. During the drives, I’ll work with the guides to get us into great positions and locations for photography and of course will help you with any questions. During our time in camp I’m available for questions or demonstrations of post processing. Experienced photographers will enjoy this trip as well, because we’ll take all the time we need and everything on this trip is catered towards photography. It will be a very different experience than a ‘regular’ safari trip, with much more time, space and potential to create that perfect picture.
More impressions of recent trips to the Mara
The ultimate ‘Out of Africa’ experience!
Our camp (Mara Eden Safari Camp) is a lovely tented camp with a very personal touch. Our tents give a great bush vibe (including the fantastic sounds in the night of hippo’s nearby in the river and lions roaring far away in the reserve), but have everything you need (running hot water, comfortable beds, solar lamps and even charging points for equipment). There’s a very nice lounge tent, great lunches and dinner in the restaurant tent and even the option to get a massage in the spa!
In a typical week we will spend about 45 hours or more in the field. Our morning drives start early, before 6AM, and will last until around 11. Somewhere during the morning we will have time to stretch our legs and enjoy our breakfast on a nice (and safe) spot in the bush. After return we have time for relaxing, lunch, and any personal photography questions or feedback, our afternoon drive starts around 4PM. Around 7, we’ll get back in camp for a hot shower and a relaxed evening with dinner and drinks around the campfire
The Mara is great any time of the year, although from March to May, the rains are the heaviest. Great times to visit are June, July/August (migration time, but quite busy), November (dramatic dusty light) and January and February (off season, but still fantastic sightings).
The normal schedulde for a trip is a 7 days / 6 night trip and includes 12 game drives. This means flying in from Wilson Airport to Olkiombo airstrip in the Masai Mara in the morning, where we’ll be picked up by our guide that will be with us for the week. After a short transfer to camp (about 30 minutes) we have our briefing, a lunch and after some rest we’re ready for the first afternoon drive. The next morning, we’ll have our first long morning drive, and after lunch and rest break, our afternoon drive. This schedule continues for the rest of the week. The final drive will be a shorter drive in the morning, after which we’ll head back to camp for breakfast, packing up and saying our goodbyes. After transfer to the airstrip, we’ll fly back to Nairobi for either a transfer to the international airport or a hotel if you continue your trip in Kenya.
I work with well reputed tour operators that will arrange everything that’s needed to make the trip happen: transfers and pickups in Nairobi, hotels, the flight to the Mara and of course everything related to our stay in the camp and the national reserve (including the required park fees and off road permits for our vehicle). The only thing you’ll need to take care of is your international flights, visa, medical requirements (such as malaria pills and vaccinations) and allowance for tips, the bar tab and any personal purchases or activitities (for example, if you’d like to do a balloon trip in the Mara).
The costs of a trip depends on the time of the year you’d like to visit (off season is more affordable than July/Augusts), of course the duration and the number of people you’re travelling with.
And for those that love the idea of this trip but prefer another place: I also have connections with a great lodge in South Luangwa in Zambia (also known as ‘the valley of the leopards’).
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“In January 2019 we joined Evert on a photo trip to the Masai Mara, and it was simply amazing! Everything was perfectly taken care of. Mara Eden is very centrally located to see different parts of the reserve, and it has nice spacious tents and hippo’s in front of the door in the river! We have been able to photograph so much wildlife; the highlight being the leopard mother with cub. Evert is not only a wildlife photographer but also a photography teacher and is able to give many useful tips. He’s also a very experienced traveler, so if something doesn’t go according to plan, he knows how to fix it without us even knowing it. It was a brilliant trip and comes highly recommended!” Ellen & Marco