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Photographic Safari 

Masai Mara, Kenya 

Workshop overview  

 

£4650 per person.   

 

(Deposit of £1260 on booking, the remainder to be paid 60 days before departure).

 

Dates:  Nov 2nd  - Nov 9th 2024 

 

Location - Masai Mara, Kenya

 

Group size:  3 - 5 people plus photographic lead.

 

Join Ann Aveyard, an award winning wildlife photographer, on an exclusive  photographic safari to the Masai Mara in Kenya.  It will be a small group of between 3 and 7 photographers with Ann as your photographic leader.  Ann has travelled to the Masai Mara many times, and has an excellent knowledge of the area.  www.ann-aveyard.co.uk

 

Location. The Masai Mara is known as one of the world’s most famous wildlife areas; it has endless plains, breath-taking vistas and abundant wildlife. More than 40% of Africa’s larger animals can be found here and it also has an abundance of bird life, it truly is a wildlife photographers’ paradise.

 

Accommodation.  We will be staying at the Governors Main Camp, which is nestled along the winding banks of the Mara River, in the heart of the Masai Mara National  Reserve.  The area next to the camp, the Musiera Marsh, is well known for being the home to the Marsh Pride of Lions, which were featured in the BBC documentary series ‘The Big Cat Diary”. 

 

The entire camp is under canvas with all the comforts of a luxury hotel.  Some of the 25 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views of the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara.  The tents are big, bright and  allow in lots of natural light. All tents are classic safari style each with ensuite bathrooms and a private verandah.  The tents have electric lights and 220 Volt Uk plugs for charging cameras and phones. Wifi is available in the camp. 

 

There is a bar tent with a deck overlooking the Mara River and a dining tent with amazing views over the plains.  The camp has a gift shop and a spa, offering a range of treatments such as massages and facials.

Cost £4650 per person 

 

What is included in the tour cost.

 

Fast track, meet and greet service on arrival at Nairobi airport 

Road transfers to hotel for first night

Bed and breakfast at a Nairobi hotel on Nov 2nd (all single accommodation)

Road transfers to Wilson Airport for flights to the Mara on Nov 3rd

Governors Aviation return flights to the Masai Mara 

Airstrip transfers in the Mara

Full board at Governors Camp - 5 nights (6 days)  (all single accommodation)

House wines, beers, local spirits and soft drinks at Governors Camp

Exclusive use of photographers jeep

Up to 3 game drives per day

Laundry 

Park fees

Community fees

Experienced local guide

Photography assistance from Ann

 

Not included in the tour cost.

 

International flights to Nairobi

ETA (electronic travel authorisation which has replaced the visa) - approx cost $30 (approx  £23)

Personal insurance (essential to have travel insurance, health insurance, personal and photographic insurance). 

Drinks and food in Nairobi on arrival and departure with the exception of breakfast on 3rd Nov 

Tips for safari drivers, camp staff

 

Tour in detail

We will spend 6 days (5 nights) in our safari camp with a flexible approach to our game drives. Each day begins with tea, coffee and biscuits in your tent before we leave, before sun rise,  for our first game drive of the day. We will have breakfast out in the bush and some days we will return to our camp for lunch and a short break before heading out for our afternoon game drive.  The routine is extremely flexible and some days we may decide to stay out all day, taking a picnic breakfast and lunch and returning to camp at the end of the afternoon.  

 

The camp also has other activities available such as a hot air balloon ride and visits to a local Masai village or a local school.  If you would like to have a break from game drives and take part in one of these extra activities then this can be booked direct with the camp reception, please liaise with Ann. (payment for these extras must be made direct to the camp reception). 

Itinerary 

 

Day One November 2nd 2024

 

  • Depart UK  (recommend using BA flights which arrive in Nairobi in the evening)

 

  • Arrive Nairobi late evening

 

- Fast track, meet and greet service at the airport

 

  • Transfer to Hotel for the night 

 

Day Two November 3rd 2024

 

-  Early breakfast

 

  • Road transfer to Wilson Airport

 

  • Fly Governors Aviation to Governors Airstrip, Masai Mara

 

  • Transfer to camp

 

  • Lunch  in camp and afternoon safari  or we may have a picnic lunch prepared for us and after checking in go out on our first game drive.

 

  •   Sundowners on game drive before returning to camp at sunset 

 

  • Dinner in Camp 8pm

 

Day Three - Day Six November 4th - November 7th 2024 inclusive

 

  • Early morning wake up call with tea/ coffee and biscuits in tent 

 

  • Morning game drive, leaving camp approx 6-6.30am

 

  • Lunch in camp - approx 12.30pm

 

  •   Afternoon game drive with sundowners 

 

  •   Dinner in camp 8pm

 

Some days we will stay out all day from approx 6 am to 6 pm, taking a picnic breakfast and lunch with us. 

 

Day Seven November 8th 2024

 

  • Early morning wake up call with tea/ coffee and biscuits in tent 

 

  • Morning game drive, leaving camp approx 6-6.30am

 

  •   lunch in camp approx 12.30

 

  • transfer to Governors Airstrip for flight to Nairobi

 

  • On arrival in Nairobi road transfer to Airport for International flight home

 

 

Day Eight November 9th 2024

 

-  arrive in UK in early morning

 

 

 

International flights - BA flights from UK recommended.  Flights leave UK late morning arriving in Nairobi in the evening and return flights leave Nairobi late evening and arrive in UK early the following morning.

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