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Big Cat Wildlife Photo Safari – June 2019

Overview

We are delighted to repeat one of our most popular photography tours with this small group wildlife photo tour visiting the game rich Maasai Mara in Kenya, one of Africa’s most famous reserves and home to a year round abundance of predators. Where the Mara River provides the setting for the annual wildebeest and zebra migration and a reserve made famous by the BBC’s ‘Big Cat Diary’ and numerous other wildlife documentaries. The area provides copious wildlife photographic opportunities and is a superb location for viewing lion, leopard and cheetah. Whilst our focus will be predominantly on the ‘big cats’ we will also have plenty of time to photograph a rich diversity of other game, including elephant, buffalo, hippo and many antelope and bird species. With six-nights in this area we have plenty of time to explore the vast plains of the Maasai Mara and it’s endemic wildlife.

This photo tour will be led by professional wildlife photographer Andy Skinner, who has 12 years experience of visiting the Maasai Mara and many years guiding photo tours in the area, a region that Andy knows intimately. The is held during the mid-season in June 2019, providing a more economical and generally much quieter time, verses the high season to experience the Mara. This photo tour is perfect for either the first time visitor or the more seasoned safari connoisseur. The game during June presents excellent game viewing opportunities, with the reserve boasting unparalleled opportunities to photograph the big cats all year round. If we are fortunate we may also begin to experience the arrival of some of the early wildebeest migration herds.

During this tour we use a lovely boutique style tented camp, with beautifully well appointed guest tents and to ensure a specious game viewing experience for all photographers each vehicle will provide a whole row for each guest. With a maximum of three guests in each extended land cruiser, with open sides and wide roof access.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Only 3 guests in each game vehicle – providing a whole row for each guest.
  • Led by professional wildlife photographer Andy Skinner
  • Excellent opportunities to photograph the big cats,
  • An abundance of many other iconic African species to photograph, including elephant, hippo, zebra and buffalo.
  • A total of 12 extended games drives – providing ample wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Lovely mid-range tented camp
  • 25% discount on lens hire (discount applies to UK based guests only)

We welcome both photographers and non-photographers on this wildlife photo tour. This tour will be characterised by maximising time in the field and so the only perquisite to join is flexibility and patience to stay out in the field for long periods. Your professional wildlife photographer host will of course be on hand to provide plenty of photographic tuition during drives and also back at camp. This will include tuition in both traditional and also creative photographic techniques. Such as high and low-key photography as well as panning techniques with slow shutter speeds and of course optimizing all light conditions to hand.

The Game Vehicles

With a maximum group size of 6 people we will use two game viewing vehicles, with open sides, large open roof access and three rows of seating in the back. This provides a row for each guest in the safari vehicle and equating to no more than 3 people, plus your host in each game-viewing vehicle. We also provide photographic beanbags for use during your safari on request. The game vehicles used will have canvas sides and open roof access.

Game drives times and durations can vary but on average we will be out in the field between 6-6:30am (ensuring times are in-line with Maasai Mara Park regulations) and staying out in the field until late morning, taking a picnic breakfast out on the plains or at a lovely spot by the river. We shall usually return to camp for lunch and a couple of hours rest before an afternoon drive starting around 3:30pm and returning to camp after sundown. Above all our game viewing times will be designed to maximise photographic opportunities and on this tour we will be spending ample time in the field with plenty of extended game drives.

June 16th 2019

You are met from your international flight arriving into Nairobi’s international airport and transferred to the lovely EKA Hotel.  A 4* star rated contemporary, well-appointed and secure hotel, and very conveniently located only 15-20 minutes from the airport. Here you will overnight on a room only basis. Overnight: EKA Hotel (room only basis)

June 17th 2019

This morning you will take an early morning road transfer to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, approximately a 45- minute drive (group transfer). From here you will take an exciting 50-minute bush flight into the heart of the Maasai Mara (Note: strict 23kg luggage limit, including hand luggage – this includes your 8kg free extra allowance). With fabulous aerial views of the plains and game below as you arrive. On arrival you will take a  30-minute transfer to Zebra Plains Camp, where a much-needed cool drink welcomes you. Here you will stay for 6 nights on a full board basis. After a briefing of the camp’s facilities we take lunch as a group during which you can get to know your fellow travellers and for your host to introduce the week ahead. After lunch you will have a little time to settle into your rooms, unpack and freshen up. For those who are not too tired we will meet at around 3pm for tea & coffee, plus an afternoon snack. We then depart on our first afternoon game drive, returning as the sun sets. There will be plenty of time for showers after your drive before we meet for a sumptuous dinner.Overnight: Zebra Plains Camp (Full Board)

June 18th – 22nd 2019

Enjoy 5 full days of morning & afternoon game drives. A normal day will involve an early morning wake up call, including tea or coffee and cookies before we head out early for our first morning drive. Our starts are indeed very early, however by far the best time to catch predators, such as lion and leopard at their most active. We will be out all morning, usually taking breakfast in the bush and returning to camp in time for lunch. After lunch you will have time for a quick snooze, a dip in the pool or simply relax by the river with a book, before we meet again at around 3-3:15pm for tea & cakes before our afternoon game drive. After time for showers we join as a group for dinner.

Above all, our days will remain flexible in order to make the most of available sightings and to spend the maximum time in the field. Depending on demand in the group (minimum numbers apply) there may also be the opportunity on one of the days for those who wish to visit a Maasai village or take an early morning balloon departure (cost not included). This can be arranged whilst we are at the camp. Overnight: Zebra Plains Camp (Full Board)

June 23rd 2019

Sadly this is the morning of our last drive where we will spend the last few hours on the African plains. We will return to camp giving you time to quickly shower and freshen up before your bags are collected from your rooms. After checking out there will be time for lunch at camp before you then take a transfer to the airstrip and take the 50-minute afternoon return flight back to Nairobi. You are then collected and taken to Nairobi’s international airport via the Eka Hotel where, depending on your flight departure time there will be time to take a bite to eat in the hotel’s cafe or pool bar (cost not included) and relax in comfortable surroundings before your onward transfer a couple of hours later to the airport for your flight home (international flight cost not included) Breakfast & lunch included

 
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Zebra Plains Camp (6-nights)

On this photographic safari we use Zebra Plains Camp. Zebra Plains Mara camp is lovely camp located around 25-30 minutes from the centrally located Olkiombo airstrip in the Maasai Mara. The camp sits on a private concession area of land on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and close to the ‘double crossing’ area. The camp is well located to access all of the major game viewing areas in the Maasai Mara and has a waterhole that is visible from the camp and where game can regularly be seen coming to drink.

The beautiful tented rooms are private and all furnished with all the amenities that you will require for a comfortable stay while visiting Maasai Mara. All tents have both cold and hot running water for showers, wash basin, flush toilet, luggage rack, reading table and comfy safari chairs on the veranda for you to enjoy the beautiful views of the plains from your tent.

The camp also consists of a small guest lounge stocked with interesting reference material with a mini bar attached as well as an outside seating area, with a communal fire pit.  A charming place to sit and enjoy a refreshing drink before dinner, whilst listening to lions roaring or the haunting whoop of the hyenas nearby.

Three meals are served each day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with light snacks in between. The menu features both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Packed bush breakfast will be provided for our morning game drives, which we enjoy whilst out on the plains of the Maasai Mara.

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Total Cost

The cost of this safari is £2695 per person and based on two persons sharing a twin/double room. Single supplements are charged at £390 per person and guarentee sole occupancy throughout.

Cost Includes

1 night at 4* star rated hotel (EKA Hotel) in Nairobi (room only basis)

6 nights en-suite accommodation at Zebra Plains Camp, with choice of twin or double beds on a full board basis

Breakfast, lunch, & 3-course dinner during 6 nights stay at Zebra Plains Camp

All bottled water, soft drinks, beers, selected house wines/spirits at Zebra Plains Camp

Tea or coffee and cookies before morning game drive

Afternoon tea & coffee before afternoon game drives

All game drives as stated in the itinerary and limited to 3 guests per game viewing vehicle

All return road transfers as stated in the itinerary.

Internal Flights - Nairobi/Maasai Mara

Extra 8kg luggage allowance on group internal flights (Equates to max. limit of 23kg pp. incl. hand luggage)

6 nights Maasai Mara Reserve park entry fees

Services of Safari guides and 1 x photographic host

All photographic tuition

Airstrip transfers in the Maasai Mara

Bottled water supplied in vehicles & rooms

Flying doctor emergency medical assistance

Government taxes

Not Included

International flights to Nairobi

Premium wines and spirits

Items of a personal nature

Tips & gratuities

Meals/drinks at EKA Hotel

Airport departure tax & visas (approx. $50) * Please obtain prior to arrival

Optional excursions (such as: Balloon safaris, Maasai village visits)

Visas, travel insurance & vaccinations

How to Book

To book on the Big Cat Wildlife Photo Safari please contact us and secure your place with 25% deposit. The remaining balance is payable 12 weeks prior to departure. We are able to take payments for deposits and final balances via bank transfer or payment via credit or debit cards.

Financial protection

Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris is the trading name of Images of Wildlife Ltd. A company registered in England & Wales. Company No: 10566301. We are a member of Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221). 

As full members of Protected Travel Services we are able to offer the highest financial protection. All monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent trust account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers paid from the trust account

To book a place on this safari please fill in the details below with detail of how many spaces you wish to secure. Once a member of our team receives the email we will provisionally hold your place/s while a booking pack is sent out by email with details of the deposit payment required.

A 25% deposit is required to secure your placeThe remaining balance is payable 12 weeks prior to departure. We are able to take payments for deposits and final balances via bank transfer or payment via credit or debit cards.


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Financial protection

Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris is the trading name of Images of Wildlife Ltd. A company registered in England & Wales. Company No: 10566301. We are a member of Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221). 

As full members of Protected Travel Services we are able to offer the highest financial protection. All monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent trust account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers paid from the trust account

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16th - 23rd June 2019

8-Days/7-Nights

£2695 Per Person

Single Supplement £390

Mid Range Tented Camp

Group Size: Max. 6 Guests

6 places Remaining

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Andy Skinner

 

Andy Skinner is a professional wildlife photographer with 14 years experience of photographing wild species in wildlife prolific destinations around the globe. He has a wealth of experience in leading photographic safaris and has also spent a number of season working in Sweden guiding guests to photograph the Aurora Borealis. Andy has an intimate knowledge of the Maasai Mara, with several years experience leading photo tours in this area. In addition Andy, together with Sarah is a regular contributor to international magazine publications and his work has also featured in the Remembering Wildlife series.

Andy’s passion for the natural world and photography started at a young age. Being raised in a rural location Andy would often watch badgers and foxes from his Grans kitchen window and spend time in the garden observing and listening to nature. It wasn’t until 2004 that his passion for photography was rekindled with a safari to Tanzania. Since then his drive to capture the natural world with his camera has seen his work awarded in magazines and competitions. In 2016 Andy had two images awarded in the Natures Best Africa competition. As well as his strong photographic skills Andy has excellent knowledge of African and North American wildlife and attended a Safari skills course in Kenya. For those of you who have regularly traveled with Andy will know that he will always offer technical advice on how to capture a scene with a more creative style.

With Andy’s photographic expertise and subject knowledge of African wildlife he leads this tour to provide ample photographic guidance in the field, helping guests achieve their desired images and learn the best use of their cameras. In addition Andy will also provide tuition on post processing images. Click on the ‘Why Travel with us’ link below to find out more about our photographic tours & safaris.

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