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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:  June 14th - June 21st 2025 (includes traveling days)

 

Location - Masai Mara, Kenya

 

Group size:  2 - 4 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 2 and 4 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. 

Complete beginners to more experienced photographers are welcome, the aim of the trip is always to have a wonderful experience with like-minded people who have a love of wildlife. We will spend time with the wildlife, observing their behaviour, sitting with them and waiting for them to 'do their thing'.  This is when the magic happens and makes more compelling images, from a lion's yawn to two elephants entwining trunks. 

Tour in detail

We will spend 6 days (5 nights) in our safari camp with a flexible approach to our game drives to optimise our time for photography. 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 to optimise photography opportunities 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.  I will be with you to give advice on photography and camera settings and help you to create some wonderful images. I am also available to give advice on photoshop and editing your images. (Scroll down the page to see what is included in the cost). 

 

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.  There is no single supplement, you will not be expected to share accomodation.

The first night, on arrival in Nairobi,  we will be staying at a luxury hotel near the airport.  The following day we will fly out to the Masai Mara and we will be staying at the Governors Main Camp, which is nestled along the winding banks of the Mara River, right in the heart of the Masai Mara National  Reserve, all single accommodation.   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”. https://www.governorscamp.com/safari-camps/governors-camp/

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.

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Photo credits Governors Camp 

Cost £4650 per person 

 

What is included in the tour cost.

 

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

* Road transfers to a hotel for the first night (no single supplement) 

* Bed and breakfast at a Hotel on June 14th  (all single accommodation, no single supplement)

* Road transfers to Wilson Airport for flights to the Mara on June 15th

* 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, qualified local guide

* Photography assistance from Ann

 

Not included in the tour cost.

 

* International flights to Nairobi  (BA economy flights approx £850 return)

* ETA (electronic travel authorisation which has replaced the visa) - cost $34 approx  £27)

* Personal insurance (essential to have travel insurance, health insurance, personal and photographic insurance. Insurance is a     requirement on booking as per T&C's of Governors" Camp). 

* Drinks and food in Nairobi on evening of arrival and departure with the exception of breakfast on June 15th.

* Tips for safari drivers, camp staff

 

The camp also has other activities available such as a hot air balloon safari 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 June 14th 2025

 

  • 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 Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at Nairobi airport for the night 

 

Day Two June 15th 2025

 

     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 June 16th - June 19th  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 June 20th 

 

  • 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 (approx 5 pm) road transfer to Airport for International flight home

 

 

Day Eight June 21st

 

-  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.

Booking

 

A deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance will be due 60 days before departure. 

The tour is being booked direct with Governors Camp.  

Once the tour is confirmed and booked with Governors’ the deposit is non refundable, as per T&C’s of Governors Camp bookings 

https://www.governorscamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Governors-Safaris-Terms-Conditions-DIRECT.pdf

 

Travel insurance is essential and a requirement of the Governors’ T&C’s 

   

 

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