Registration Fee - USD 3300

Inclusive of:

  • Airport transfers in Nairobi on arrival / departure on the same day as start / end of the safari
  • Transportation in custom safari built 4 x 4 Landcruiser with pop-up roof or roof hatches
  • 5 full day safaris and 2 half day safaris in Masai Mara (4 participants in one landscruiser)
  • Bean / Sand bags – a minimum of 02 per participant
  • An invertor and adaptors in the vehicle
  • Guaranteed window seat in the Landcruiser
  • Services of an NW photography guide
  • Well experienced, English speaking driver/guide for the duration of the safari
  • Unlimited game drives as per the itinerary
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • 06 nights park entrance fees for Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • 06 nights on Full Board Accommodation at a strategically located camp site in Masai Mara
  • Mineral water on game drives (1/2 litre per Person per day)

Exclusive of:

  • Airfares
  • Visa Fee
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guides and staffs
  • Beverages
Migration Uncut - Week 2 - Camping in Masai Mara
MIGRATION UNCUT 2017
Group size - 4 participants

Migration Camp in the heart of Masai Mara on the banks of the Mara river amidst prime wild cat territory. A location that enables you to be the first when it comes to shooting the Great Annual Migration!

The Great Migration : A Photographer's Delight

The Great African Migration is much more than the simple river crossing which you are visualizing. Here are a few numbers to sweep you off your feat! The true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell's zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson's gazelle filling the entire stretch of Mara landscape.
When the savannah turns golden red in the month of July, and the zebra start pouring in across the river, the first herds of the wildebeest arrive and the feasting for the Mara's predators and scavengers, begins.

The African Lion is the supreme predator of the Mara landscape and is a treat watch during the migration time as with a sizeable prey base spread across the Mara, the lion prides hunt strategically in the early morning or late noon hours giving you the chance to photograph these rare moments from close quarters in great light.
Often regarded as a shy, nocturnal animal, sightings of leopard in the Mara can occur even in the middle of the day and last for several minutes.

Although not as muscular as the leopard, the cheetah is built for sheer speed and is the world's fastest land mammal and has been timed at 110 kilometers per hour. The Mara is one of the best places in the world to shoot a cheetah in full action as they often seek a vantage point on a fallen tree, termite mound or even car bonnet, to look out across the savannah for their next prey.

All camps will be led by an experienced team of Canon Photography Mentors and Trainers in the company of a highly experienced team of naturalists and escorts

Photo Tour at a Glance
  • 2 half day and 5 full day game drives in Masai Mara
  • Photographic guidance by Shivang Mehta (150+ field days of Masai Mara experience)
  • Field photography tips and in-depth review of images
What is so special about Masai Mara during Migration?

The Great Annual Migration of Masai Mara is much more than a mere river crossing. It is a phenomenon in itself for it is here you see the best of nature and its various forms. The African savannah is flooded with wildlife and numbers can sweep you off your feet. Over 1,250,000 wildebeests, 200,000 Plain zebras and tens of thousands of Thomson’s gazelles and Elands – the statistics are staggering and at times you feel the need of some specially designed super wide lens that can capture the entire mood of this natural wild exhibition.

This is a period when predator behavior in Mara changes on a daily and weekly basis. While the mean Nile crocs have a feast during the initial river crossings their responses become slower as the migration progresses. With more and more wildebeests covering the entire landscape of the Mara Triangle, the lion action heats up. I realized that in Mara you can’t take a sleeping lion pride for granted as within minutes the group dullness can transform into some dream breathtaking action. The ever curious cheetahs can spring up with some surprise act before you can react to their fast moves.

What is camping in Masai Mara all about?

Masai Mara National Park is a huge wilderness area and the expanse is beyond imagination. There are a lot of private lodges on the periphery of the park which offer all facilities that are required by a visitor. During the annual wildebeest migration, river crossing becomes the star attraction and that is something which is a must watch for a tourist / photographer visiting Masai Mara. However, if you are staying outside in one of the lodges, covering the long distances to reach the river side to catch the migratory action becomes a challenge. Besides you end up commuting when the light is at its best in the early hours of the mornings and later evenings.

In 2011 Nature Wanderers along with our African partners teamed up to crack this Mara puzzle and set up mobile camps in the heart of Masai Mara to enable photographers and wildlife enthusiasts to witness the migration from close quarters. By setting up these mobile camps that follow the highest standards of eco-friendliness, we ensure that you get that much needed edge as far as photography and sightings are concerned. Our objective is therefore to give a strong focus on safaris and photography.

Is the camp very basic? What facilities will I get there?

Yes the camp is basic but suits the requirement of a photographer or a wildlife enthusiasts who gives more importance to sightings rather than the accommodation. The tents are spacious and equipped with comfortable beds, with mosquito nets, and have basic safari style showers and flush toilets. The wash basin and stand, are located just inside the tents, with a jug of water provided for washing hands or shaving.

Lighting for the tents is via solar power, and a generator is provided for charging batteries and any other electrical equipment. The generator is switched on every evening and turned off before guests retire for the night. However, it can be turned on at any other time. All power points are provided in the mess tent. Since the weather is cold you would not need air cons during the night time.

Sumptuous meals are served out in the open, weather permitting; or in the mess tent. A well stocked bar with cold drinks ensures that one can enjoy a chilled beer or glass of wine after a hot, dusty day out in the park; or a nightcap by the campfire after dinner.
The cozy campfire provides an ideal setting for the exchange of the day’s events & sightings with the sounds of the night predators and insects providing the perfect "bush" orchestra to end the day.

What about Nature Wanderers safaris? How will they be different from the plethora of info I see on the internet?

Along with our event partners, we assure you the best safari experience in Mara. Be it the vehicles, your guides and drivers or the entire planning and strategy behind a safari, the sole motive is to give you the opportunity to come out with all those spectacular pictures you have dreamt of.

All safaris will be personally led by the wildlife photographers and the team will be serving you with some rocking wildlife moments and simple tips and tricks to capture them on the field.
Our team of local naturalists have worked with the best global photographers and are well equipped with the agility and presence of mind to give you the perfect angles to shoot.

Though the safari vehicles can accommodate 9-10 people, we understand the needs of a photography enthusiast. So we would be going with 4 people in a vehicle so that each participant has access to window seats and enough space to keep your equipments. The vehicles can be opened from the top as well giving you a dual shooting option.

What about photography in Masai Mara? Is it a challenge?

Mara and that too during migration time is teaming with wildlife action and is by far the best place to shoot wildlife in the world. There is no dull day in the park. It is almost too easy to get great images in huge numbers. You cannot possibly get so many wildlife pictures in any other location in the world. On a typical day someone with a DSLR camera would get anywhere between 10 and 20 GB of images. Besides on some occasions you will fill up all your memory cards. It is advisable to carry spare batteries and many spare memory cards. You would need to download your cards regularly. Another great thing about the Masai Mara is that all the lenses that you have would be good to shoot. You will get lots of images from your widest lens to your biggest telephoto. It would be a bonus to have a big telephoto like a 400 or 500 mm but if you do not have one you will not miss out much. Lenses with variable zoom (like Canon 100-400mm, Canon 70-200 f2.8) work great because the light is great for most part of the day and the action happens close by.

The fee of this trip is too high as compared to other Mara trip offered on the internet and social networking forums?

Migration is the peak season in Mara and because we are camping in some of the best locations in Masai Mara (due to the reasons mentioned above) we are paying a substantial amount to the forest authorities as camping fee and other safari related charges. Lodge accommodation outside the park is definitely cheaper but when the migration is happening, you need to be closer to the action areas. We believe not to compromise on the photographic and wildlife opportunities for our participants. The guides, vehicles, communication equipments and locations that we use are top end and that does come at a premium. Probably our campsite may not offer you a swanky pool to chill during safari breaks but we assure no breaks in safaris! That is why we term this annual tour – MIGRATION UNCUT!

What is the cancellation policy in case I want to back out from a trip?

Cancellation for an event will be considered via a written mail to [email protected]. The date of the mail would be considered for calculation of the cancellation fee.

Cancellation Policy
  • Accommodation cancelled till 121 days from noon to the date of accommodation
    30% of the rate applicable per room night cancelled
  • Accommodation cancelled between 120 to 91 days from noon to the date of accommodation
    50% of the rate applicable per room night cancelled
  • Accommodation cancelled between 90 days to 48hrs to arrival
    100% of the rate applicable per room night cancelled. The same applies for NO SHOWS. No amount is refundable in case of cancellation beyond this period
Centrally Located Campsite

The Mara expanse is beyond imagination and in the vast terrain, the river crossing and migratory trend of wildebeest is mostly towards the Mara river in an area known as the Mara Triangle. Covering these massive distances can be a challenge in Mara if you have not chosen the apt location to stay in this huge forest. The astounding wildlife moments that NW participants saw and shot in the past 5 years was mainly because of the fact that we chose the right camping site in Mara… a site which was not loaded but overloaded with wild action. The NW participants indulged in quite a bit of 'arm-chair' photography right from the campsite.

With the crack of dawn, with all photographic ammunition loaded and the best of the guides and drivers at your service, you are right at the action point within seconds as your stay is being organized in bush camps right at the Mara river in an area known as Mara Triangle. Choose your preferred vantage point and shoot at will! During the migration this is an ideal location as the traffic density here is thinner than rest of the reserve and the real action is very close by. The most spectacular pictures of the “river crossing” have been taken around the campsites.

Our location for 2017 is unbeatable for we would be pitching up the Mara Bush Camp and Little Mara Buch Camp - two of the best campsites of Masai Mara located at a strategic location ideal for accessing key areas for wildlife photography. Some key action areas of the park are right in the vicinity of the camp thus enabling you to be amongst the first to catch the action early in the morning and the last to leave the site in the evening.

Vist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehNbbOViRoY for a journey through the Mara Bush Camp

DAY 01: Arrival & DEPART for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International, immediately depart for the world renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve after a short safari briefing. You will be driven along the breathtaking Great Rift Valley (with a short stop at viewpoint for photographic opportunities) to arrive in time for lunch your camp. At 15.30 Hrs, embark on your first game drive in search of the big cats hunting. Dinner and overnight at the Camp. (Full board basis)

DAY 02 to 06: Full days in Maasai Mara Game Reserve

You will spend the next four (04) days in the Mara where you will have a good chance of seeing herds of buffalo and zebra as well as hippos and many other animals and birds. Go on a full day game drive and enjoy a picnic lunch out in the bush or return to camp for lunch should you so wish. A visit to a Maasai village can be planned at an additional cost that gives a glimpse of a very different way of life. The Great Migration is an amazing sight to behold when 1.5 million gnus are on the move across the plains. You may be fortunate enough to see one of the most dramatic river crossings of the season. All meals and overnight at Camp. (Full board basis)

DAY 07: Drive back to Nairobi & outbound departure

After breakfast drive back to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch at a City Restaurant and thereafter you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight or extend your safari to Amboseli / Tsavo / Nakuru / Samburu at an extra cost.

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