Mara Predator Conservation Programme: 

Fundraising Photography Survey Special

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Trai's winning image in the Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year Contest, March 2019

Exclusive & unique 7 day wildlife photography & survey experience with MPCP

This incredible predator focussed experience is not available elsewhere

Profits donated directly to the Mara Predator Conservation Programme

Small group - max 6 photographers

 

Tour leaders:  

Trai Anfield:  Award-winning wildlife photographer, film maker and presenter of BBC's The Living World

 

Niels Mogensen:  Senior Programme Scientist of the Mara Predator Conservation Programme

Generously Supported By

Niels Mogensen, Senior Programme Scientist at the Mara Predator Conservation Programme, and award-winning natural history photographer and film maker Trai Anfield invite you to join them on a truly unique wildlife photography safari and survey experience, focussing on the two most iconic predators of Kenya’s Maasai Mara: lion and cheetah.  Leopard will also be likely, alongside the prey species that make up this complex ecosystem.  Should African wild dog / painted wolf be in the vicinity during our stay we will prioritise this species too.

About The Mara Predator Conservation Programme

 

MPCP is a Kenya Wildlife Trust initiative http://www.kenyawildlifetrust.org

 

In early 2018, we brought together our two flagship predator conservation projects - focusing on lion and cheetah - into one long-term conservation commitment – our Mara Predator Conservation Programme.

The Mara Predator Conservation Programme has three overarching goals:

  • To support stable, healthy predator populations in the Greater Mara Ecosystem by providing scientific evidence for conservation action

  • To ensure that key stakeholders in the Greater Mara Ecosystem consistently utilise sound scientific information to inform conservation strategies

  • To help community members and landowners understand and appreciate the role of predators in the ecosystem

 

To learn more about Mara Predator Conservation Programme please visit http://www.marapredatorconservation.org

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Highlights include:

  • Exclusive opportunity for in depth study of the Maasai Mara’s top predators.

  • In addition to the three big cat species, should wild dogs be found in the area during the trip

    we will prioritise them too, though this cannot be guaranteed.

  • Specialist predator photography workshops with Trai Anfield

  • Small group - max 6 photographers & max 3 photographers per vehicle

  • Expert insights on each species, pride and individual you encounter with Niels Mogensen: understand pride dynamics, predator behaviour and human-predator conflicts

  • Unique chance to take part in the Mara Predator Conservation Programme bi-annual predator survey

  • All game drives within Mara private conservancies, allowing for off road access to predators and night time hunting photography shoots

  • Stay in Trai and Niels’s favourite luxury camps: Alex Walker’s Serian in Mara North Conservancy & Asilia’s Encounter Mara in Naboisho Conservancy

  • Community day - experience genuine Maasai culture and hospitality and the context in which the Mara predators exist

  • Directly support conservation: cost includes a donation to the Mara Predator Conservation Programme & the option to donate images from your safari to the survey

Your Full Itinerary

March 1

meet Wilson airport 08:00 for 10:00 air transfer on Safarilink to Mara North conservancy meet Niels, Trai and your Maasai guides at Mara North airstrip
photographic game drive to Serian Original camp in time for lunch
lunch and full briefing from Niels and Trai

afternoon predator photography game drive

evening dinner and identification session with Niels

Overnight :Serian Original

March 2

early morning photographic game drive with predators in Mara North Conservancy- packed breakfast

lunch in camp & photography clinic with Trai
late afternoon and night predator photography game drive with bush dinner

Overnight :Serian Original

March 3

early morning photographic game drive with predators in Mara North Conservancy - packed breakfast

lunch in camp & photography clinic with Trai
afternoon predator photography game drive
evening dinner and identification session with Niels

Overnight :Serian Original

March 4
early morning photographic game drive with predators in Mara North Conservancy- packed breakfast

lunch in camp & check out

afternoon visit to elephant project and drive to Maa Trust Visitor House
dinner and free evening

Overnight: Maa Trust Visitor House

March 5

Community day

visit the MPCP Predator Hub where we can see how our field work is transformed into figures and maps

experience genuine Maasai culture and hospitality and the context in which the Mara predators exist
visit The Maa Trust community projects including construction projects, water and sanitation projects, schools and education projects

meet the women of Maa Beadwork at the bead and leather workshop - design your own camera strap and souvenirs!
traditional Maasai hospitality & food

Overnight: Maa Trust Guest House

March 6

early morning photographic game drive with predators in Naboisho Conservancy - packed breakfast

lunch in camp & check in
afternoon predator photography game drive in Naboisho Conservancy
evening dinner and identification session with Niels

Overnight: Asilia Encounter Mara

March 7
early morning photographic game drive with predators in Naboisho Conservancy - packed breakfast

lunch in camp & photography clinic with Trai

late afternoon and night predator photography game drive with bush dinner

Overnight: Asilia Encounter Mara

March 8

early morning photographic game drive with predators in Naboisho Conservancy - packed breakfast

lunch in camp & photography clinic with Trai
afternoon predator photography game drive
evening dinner and identification session with Niels

Overnight: Asilia Encounter Mara

March 9

early morning photographic game drive with predators in Naboisho Conservancy - packed breakfast

depart Naibosho airport for transfer to Wilson airport Nairobi on Safarilink
Overnight: onward or homeward travel

Partner Information:

MPCP would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support of this special fundraising safari

Kenya Wildlife Trust

Find out more at http://www.kenyawildlifetrust.org

 

Enlightened Media & Trai Anfield Photography Safaris

Find out more at https://www.enlightenedmedia.net

Alex Walker’s Serian Original
Find out more at:  
https://serian.com
 

Asilia Encounter Mara 

Find out more at https://www.asiliaafrica.com

The Maa Trust

Find out more at http://themaatrust.org

Wildlife Trails

Find out more at https://www.wildlifetrails.co.uk

Sample Gallery

'In 20 years, if nothing changes, there will be no lions left in Kenya'  

Niels Mogensen, Mara Predator Conservation Programme

 

 

Trai Anfield Photographic Safaris & Enlightened Media are proud to support the continuing work of Niels Mogensen, formerly at the Mara Naboisho Lion Project, and now at Mara Predator Conservation Programme.  As part of our Conservation & Community Commitment we produced and donated two short films which Niels uses often in his work to raise both awareness and funding for lion conservation.

 

Niels says "What you managed to say in those three minutes is just so useful.  We use the film all the time, with funders and volunteers.  When it comes on, that's when people start to get excited about what we're doing and really engage."

Please note: this video was produced completely spontaneously, with zero planning, and filmed whilst hanging out of the back of a jeep in fading light, so it does not represent the high production values that we would normally aspire to, but it does its job and it inspired our whole Conservation and Communities Commitment!

With your backing for our fundraising safari we hope to continue to support MPCP with higher quality documentary films in the future!

Departure Dates and Costs  

 

1st - 9th March 2020 

Cost:  £3995 / US$4995

*Limited Single supplement available £200/$250

*4 places available with guaranteed single occupancy at Alex Walker Serian and Asilia Encounter Mara.  Only twin accommodation available during our 2 nights at the Maa Trust Guest House, though alternative accommodation can be arranged  on request. 

Includes: Safarilink transfers to/from Wilson airport, all ground transfers in Maasai Mara, game drives with 3 photographers max per vehicle, expert photographic tuition, expert predator insights, reserve fees, accommodation based on sharing twin room, food on full board basis, local drinks and drinking water, laundry, donation of $1000 per person to Mara Predator Conservation Programme

 

Excludes: international flights to/from Nairobi, visas, personal insurances, all items of a personal nature, gratuities

Getting There

You will require international flights to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Major airlines including British Airways, KLM/Air France, Kenya Airways & Emirates fly to Nairobi from the UK.

Please Note 

Our flight from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara will leave at 10am from Wilson Airport. We therefore recommend arriving in Nairobi with plenty of time to clear customs and make the transfer from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta to Wilson in rush hour traffic.  It may be easier to arrive the day before and stay overnight - we are happy to recommend great lodges and hotels in Nairobi. 

Our departure from Naboisho Conservancy will take place after our last morning game drive and breakfast, so we advise booking return flights no earlier than 19:00 on 8th March.