Kenya's Mighty Maasai Mara & Migration

Currently available as a tailor made photographic safari

8 day, 2 centre 'must see' wildlife photography experience

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

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'Kenya’s Masai Mara is a wildlife photographer’s dream - nowhere on Earth can match the safari experience we find here, especially during the great migration.  The action ranges from lightning speed cheetah kills, and the frenzy of migration river crossings, to witnessing the birth of a topi foal – we’ve seen it all on this trip!' 

 

Trai Anfield, tour leader

The Mighty Mara Migration Highlights

 

  • private conservancy with abundant wildlife and strictly managed numbers - no tourist crowds

  • two centre safari gets you to the heart of all the migration action 

  • multi award winning camps and guiding team

  • unlimited time to observe animal behaviour and create your shots

  • experienced tutor and beginner-friendly atmosphere to learn new and creative techniques

  • opportunities for walking safaris, off road access and night drives

  • macro and astro photography sessions

  • option to try DSLR videography with a BBC trained wildlife film maker

  • vehicles fitted with bespoke photography platforms

  • max 3 photographers per vehicle - unrestricted access to both sides

  • our safaris support conservation and communities

 

 

On this classic Kenyan experience we are likely to encounter all of Africa’s Big Five, plus the abundance of prey species the migration brings and a dazzling array of birds.  And on this bespoke photography safari we have no crowds to contend with in Mara North Conservancy, and no constraints on our time with each species. This allows us to observe their way of life, explore appropriate photographic techniques and craft unique shots which capture the essence of each animal, their behavior and interactions. 

Location, Location, Location + Award-Winning Safari Camps

Wildlife abounds in the protected surrounds of Mara North Conservancy, a particularly unspoiled part of the Mara ecosystem, and as residents of the conservancy we will have exclusive access to it.  In our experience the Mara conservancies offer a far more rewarding photographic experience than the National Reserve, with no crowds and a much higher quality and frequency of wildlife and photographic opportunities. Mara North will be our home for 7 days and nights of wildlife photography heaven.

 

However, there is one spectacle that we wouldn’t want to miss:  the great migration crossing the Mara River.  So to get the best of both worlds, we will move into the heart of the main reserve for our final three days, specifically to seek out and photograph this spectacular event. Crocodile and hippo lurk in wait for the unwary and unlucky amongst the thousands of wildebeest and zebra, and we will stay at Serian Nkorombo camp situated right on the banks of the Mara River, where migration crossings happen regularly right on the doorstep.

 

During our time in Kenya we will also have the chance to get up close to macro subjects on walking safaris, and create dramatic images of wildlife and the stars at night, as our tour leader and tutor Trai Anfield takes us through techniques to meet every photographic opportunity.

Try Your Hand at Wildlife Videography

As a BBC film-maker and presenter Trai also offers you the unique opportunity to learn wildlife filming techniques, with optional tuition in how to produce and shoot video sequences.  As Trai says 'There’s far more to wildlife film-making than just switching your camera to video mode!  We'll look at how to storyboard, shoot for the edit, and produce wildlife films that will really impress on your return home'

Don't Worry, We Know What Photographers Need

With additional luggage allowance on Mara flights, award-winning accommodation and guiding at Alex Walker's Serian camps, off road access in the conservancy, vehicles kitted out with bespoke photography platforms, and only three photographers per vehicle, this is Kenyan photography safari at its absolute finest.

 How Your Enlightened Photography Safari Supports Conservation and Communities

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

Niels Mogensen, Mara Lion Project

 

 

Enlightened Media is proud to support the work of Niels Mogensen at the Mara Lion Project.  In line with our ethical policy we have produced and donated two short documentary films which Niels uses every day in his work to raise both awareness and funding for lion conservation.
When commitments have allowed, Niels has joined us for an evening to give a unique insight into his work, which is vital to the survival of lions here in Kenya and throughout the world, and we will invite him again this year.

 

Please view the videos below - it is only through your support of our photographic safaris that we can continue to support conservation work.  

 

Staying in Mara North Conservancy also supports local people. The conservancy consists of land leased from local Maasai families. They receive a fair rent for their land and also benefit from developments in infrastructure including diversified employment, improved healthcare and education, womens' empowerment, clean water provision and sanitation. In return they agree to live and limit cattle grazing within the boundary of the conservancy so that they are less likely to come into conflict with the wildlife that thrives here.  

 

Dates & Rates

Currently available as a tailor made photographic safari

 

Includes all Kenyan transfers and internal flights with extra baggage allowance, all reserve fees,  photography tuition, day/night game drives and walks with leading Masai guides, award-winning accommodation, all inclusive cuisine and unlimited soft drinks, water, beer, house wine and local spirits, bush laundry, farewell lunch and visit to Nairobi's Rothschild giraffe centre.

 

Excludes international flights, personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities.

 

CONTACT US TO ENQUIRE ABOUT A TAILOR MADE PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

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Mighty Mara & Gorilla Trekking

 

For the ultimate African safari experience combine the great migration with gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda - we promise there is no other wildlife encounter like it!
 

Please contact us for further details.

 

 

Kenyan Safari and Beach Classic:

 

 

After a wonderful week of game photography in the Mara, why not relax on the sand, snorkel and dive the pristine Indian Ocean reefs and slow right down to beach pace for a while? 

 

Exotic Zanzibar or one of East Africa’s luxury coastal resorts could be the perfect way to round off your journey and recharge your batteries before heading home. 

 

Whatever your ideal beach experience, our partners Sikeleli Safaris will match you with your perfect resort.

 

Please contact us for further details.

 

Post Cards from the Mara