Day 1, 1st October : Nairobi to Masai Mara
On arrival in Nairobi you will transfer to Wilson Airport for a scheduled flight directly into the Masai Mara. Upon arrival we will be met and transferred to our camp called Naibor Camp. Naibor Camp is located right in the middle of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, in the heart of the best wildlife country in the world!
Overnight Naibor Camp
Days 2 & 3, 2nd and 3rd October : Masai Mara
The Masai Mara and the adjoining Loita plains form the northern-most part of the Serengeti – Mara ecosystem a 25 000 km² area usually encompassing the annual movements of the migratory wildebeest.
The Mara receives the highest rainfall in the ecosystem. Rain falls here throughout the year but has peaks and troughs. The eco-system is home to the World’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the annual wildebeest migration. These grazers, together with zebra and Thompson’s gazelle traverse the eco-system through the year, and whilst there are resident animals in the Mara throughout (those that don’t migrate), numbers swell to gigantic proportions during the drier season, July/August to October/November.
The Mara’s abundant herbivores make it a paradise for predators. The large carnivores include the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah as featured yearly on the BBC’s Big Cat Diary, and the spotted hyena. More than a million Wildebeest and two hundred thousand Zebra migrate annually following the rains in search of grass. Crossing the Mara River is the greatest obstacle they have to face, and include steep banks and strong currents, but the biggest menace is, without a doubt, the enormous Nile crocodile that has been living in this river for hundreds of years. This area is great for predators. It has an exceptional Cheetah population, big Lion prides and quite a few habituated Leopards. The famous black-maned Mara Lions are possibly the stars of the Mara show, but various other species including African Elephant, Wildebeest, Topi, Thompson’s Gazelle, Waterbuck, Spotted Hyena, and primates are all here too providing one of the most holistic photographic experiences in Africa.
Also regularly seen are hyenas, Black- backed Jackal and Bat-eared Foxes. Black Rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are regularly seen at a distance. One of the highlights of this expedition is without a doubt photographing the phenomenal Cheetah of the Mara, arguably the finest viewing of these felines in Africa. The undulating landscape, savannah woodlands and rich riparian habitats provide a theatrical setting for our photography. As with the rest of Kenya, the birdlife is abundant, offering remarkable opportunities for bird photography. These include various species of vultures, including Ruppell’s Vulture and the biggest of them all the Lappet-faced Vulture, soars in the sky above the Mara in search of a free meal.
Overnight Naibor Camp
Day 4, 4th October : Masai Mara-to-Mara Triangle
After a final morning’s game drive and breakfast you will depart for the stunning Mara Triangle on road transfer. Kichwa Tembo is located in a private concession within the Masai Mara and lies directly in the path of Africa’s spectacular annual wildebeest migration. Explore this remarkable area on guided morning and afternoon game drives.
Overnight &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Camp
Day 5 & Day 6, 5th and 6th October
Blessed with an astounding year-round concentration of animals and site of the Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya’s Mara Triangle provides an unsurpassed wildlife experience. With abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra, the reserve is a photographer and naturalist’s paradise. Leopards are frequently encountered, endangered black rhino find shelter in dense thickets and rafts of hippo and enormous crocodiles are found in the Mara River.
The reserve is also home to over 450 bird species. &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp are situated in the Kichwa Tembo private concession, which neighbours the Masai Mara. Meaning ‘head of the elephant’ in KiSwahili, Kichwa Tembo consists of private land leased from Maasai landlords and is situated in the remote western Mara. In addition to its the excellent year-round concentration of wildlife, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of Africa’s spectacular Great Migration.
Overnight &Beyond Kichwa Tembo
Day 7, 7th October : Masai Mara to Nairobi and Depart for Final Destination
On our final morning in the Masai Mara, we have the option of photographing this spectacular area or to just relax and soak in our surroundings before we depart back to Nairobi for our international flight home.
The price for the ORYX – Kenya Wildebeest Migration Photographic Expedition is US$6, 750.00 per person based on 6 participants in shared double/twin room accommodation.
Safari Cost Includes:
• All road transfers and internal flights;
• VIP Meet & Greet;
• All meals and beverages (except selected wines and premium alcoholic brands );
• All accommodation in up-market lodges;
• 15kg extra (freight seat) for camera equipment on both flights;
• Entrance fees to National Parks;
• Tourism Levy’s for National Parks;
• Two Private Vehicle Use – 3 photographers per vehicle;
• All game viewing activates at selected lodges;
• Private ORYX Photographic Leader Elliott Neep;
• Expert photographic advise and tutoring, and
• Service of local guides.
Safari Cost Excludes:
• All international flights from your home to Nairobi and back to your home,
• Items of a personal nature e.g. curios, beauty treatments and telephone calls,
• Insurance for cancellation, medical or curtailment in arrangements,
• Pre – tour accommodation (Please see below), and
• Any items not included in the inclusions above.
• Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
• Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (USD/$), and the actual cost in the other currency listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.)
• Accommodation and cost is based on 6 participants in twin/double accommodation.
• Please also note that these costs are subject to major foreign exchange fluctuations and unforeseen increases in tour related prices, and may have to be adjusted as a result.
• Furthermore, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances; we will, however, attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
PRE – TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
Please note depending on your international flight arrival time you might need to overnight in Nairobi on the 30th September . ORYX can book this accommodation on your behalf and will add the cost to your final invoice.
Reservations for this photographic expedition require a deposit of 30% of the expedition cost which is US$2, 025.00 per person.
EXPEDITION FEES AND PAYMENT:
Payment of the balance of the tour fee is due 3 months before departure and to be made as per the details on the booking form which will be send to you in order to sign up for the expedition. An ORYX invoice will be issued to you before full payment is due.
As noted above, tipping of local guides, trackers, lodge staff & butlers is not included on this tour. However, if you feel that your ORYX leader and/or any other staff have given you exceptional service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them. We emphasize that such tips should be at your own discretion and based solely on the level of your service satisfaction.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
Further meeting details will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude by mid-morning in Nairobi on day 7. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the Oryx office.
Please note: in Kenya each passenger is only allowed 15 kg of luggage in a soft duffle bag. An extra seat for camera equipment has been booked and included in the safari cost. This will allow each participant and additional 15kg for camera equipment.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi (Kenya) is the main port of entry for this tour. KLM and Kenya Airways offer’s the most reliable and regular routes via Amsterdam and London, for North America and European travellers, to this airport. These flights, however, often arrive in the evening necessitating arrival the night before the tour start date. This will give one time to recover from the rigors of international flight travel before the tour starts. As our guests come from all over the planet, we do not include international flights in our tour prices. Your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. If you would like further assistance, kindly contact the Oryx office, we will happily help you plan your route. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the ORYX office for confirmation on the status of the
Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (USD/$), and the actual cost in the other currency listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.)
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