Small group photography holiday in Kenya
An incredible opportunity for wildlife photographers of all levels to enjoy a week on safari under the expert guidance of professionals
Join like-minded travellers on this unique safari holiday, led by expert photographers Chris Taylor and Leanne McColm. Staying at the Mara Training Centre in the heart of the Kenyan bush, you'll enjoy a varied programme of photographic safari activities, from game drives and visiting a rhino sanctuary, to spending time at a local village and trying your hand at night-time Milky Way astrophotography. There will be post processing sessions in the evenings to learn how to put the finishing touches to your images.
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Day 1: Sat 13th June 2020
Arrive at Nairobi Wilson Airport in time to check in for the SafariLink flight to Ngerende airstrip in the Masai Mara, departing at 10h00.
The flight takes approximately one hour. On arrival at Ngerende you will be greeted by your guides and transferred by road, enjoying a short game drive along the way, to the Mara Training Centre, which will be your home in the bush for the next week.
After a chance to settle into your accommodation and freshen up, you will have a short briefing and discuss the plans for the week ahead.
After a hearty lunch, there will be time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush all around, or a short siesta, before the first afternoon game drive and opportunity to test out your wildlife photography skills.
Day 2 - 7: Sun 14th - Fri 19th June 2020
You will enjoy 6 full days of photographic safari adventures and other exciting activities on the exclusive Enonkishu, Lemek and Ol Chorro conservancies.
Day 8: Sat 20th June 2020
You will have a late departure today, which allows a final morning safari activity and day in the bush, before being transferred back to Ngerenede airstrip in the late afternoon. Say your farewells to the guides and board a light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport, where the tour ends.
If you'd like to spend some time in Nairobi before flying home just let us know, we can suggest some activities and hotels (not included in the tour price).
The Location: A Photographer's Paradise
On the edge of the Masai Mara, this award-winning conservancy, once intensively farmed, has witnessed an extraordinary rewilding project and is now home to a high density and variety of wildlife. Open to the greater Mara ecosystem, animals migrate freely between neighbouring conservancies, creating a world class conservation area that is perfect for photography.
There is a resident pride of lion, plenty of leopard and in the dry season elephants take refuge in the shade of the forests and graze on the branches of the trees on Kileleoni Hill.
Game drives will take place in safari customised Toyota Land Cruisers, accompanied by expert safari guides, as well as Chris and Leanne to provide photographic tips and advice where needed. A maximum of 4 guests per vehicle will ensure each person will have a side seat for photography.
The exclusivity of the Enonkishu, Lemek & Ol Chorro conservancies will deliver incredible wildlife and nature photographic opportunities. It also means you'll be able to experience unique night drives during the week, so you may spot some special nocturnal animals, such as honey badgers, porcupines and aardvarks.
Activities: Game drives, Villages, and the Milky Way
There will be a variety of activities throughout the week to provide a range of photographic opportunities. These include:
- A morning and afternoon-evening game drive each day, with photography instruction where needed.
- Two night drives.
- A morning visit to the Rhino Sanctuary at Kileleoni
- A full day visit to Masai Mara National Reserve (park fee of US$80pp excluded)
- Kileleoni village visit (with opportunity to photograph villagers singing/dancing)
- Visit Maasai herders for Thursday morning cattle dip/evening boma round-up
- Visit to Emarti school and meet the Rangers (Ranger Parade)
- Sundowners on a couple of evenings
- Night-time Milky Way astrophotography instruction
- Evening post processing instruction & teaching photography, plus tips, tricks, etc.
- Final evening slideshow
Accommodation: The Mara Training Centre
The Mara Training Camp on the Enonkishu conservancy overlooks the Mara River and is the ideal spot from which to explore the surrounding area.
The camp consists of 6 simple, but very comfortable walk-in safari tents, with shared ablutions.
You will stay here for 7 nights.
Please note: Should you wish to upgrade your accommodation, there are 6 bandas at the camp, each with its own ensuite bathroom. These are available on a first come first served basis at the additional cost of £279 per person. There is no single supplement, so availability is limited.
Your Hosts: Chris Taylor and Leanne McColm
Hailing from the beautiful north Norfolk coast, Chris Taylor has been a professional photographer since 2005. His passion for travel and wildlife has taken him around the world on photographic shoots, and he's excited to be returning to Kenya to lead this rather special tour. His film-maker partner Leanne McColm from Samphire Films will also be joining the trip.
Duration: 8 Days
Location: Kenya, Africa
There will be maximum 12 guests on this tour.
- Return flights between Nairobi Wilson airport and Ngerende airstrip
- 7 nights’ accommodation in a safari tent at Mara Training Centre
- All daily guided safari activities and other activities as outlined above
- All meals whilst on safari
- Soft drinks
- Post-trip 13x11inch coffee table book with 15 best shots from each guest
- Short film showing the trip with some of the best shots included
Part of the daily rate includes a conservation fee that goes towards the Enonkishu Conservancy, an innovative conservation initiative that is committed to sustainable rangeland management, which allows space and resources for all people, cattle, and wildlife.
- International flights (we recommend arriving into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the Kenya Airways flight KQ0101 at 05.00 am on Saturday 13th June, in time to transfer and connect with the flight from Nairobi Wilson to the Masai Mara).
- Travel insurance
- Park fees for full day trip to Masai Mara National Reserve ($80 pp)
- Alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature
Images courtesy of Chris Taylor/Leanne McColm
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