Immersion across the broader Maasai Mara – Summer

August - September 2018

8 days / 7 nights – from £4,090 per person

Photographic safari with Vincent Gesser

Are you dreaming of wild open expanses, living the life of a wildlife photographer surrounded by exciting wildlife?

For this special safari, join the professional wildlife photographer Vincent Gesser for a full week exploring the breadth of the exceptional National Reserve of the Maasai Mara.

This safari offers you the possibility to share time with Vincent in conditions very similar to the ones in which he operates when on assignment.

You will discover life “behind the scenes” and be involved in his daily routines, benefiting from his knowledge and experience in the field, for observing and photographing wildlife and landscapes.

Some notable aspects of this safari are to:

– live in immersion in the savannah with Vincent Gesser

– experience first-hand the two main zones of the reserve

– maximise the time with the animals when the conditions are optimal for their observation and photography

– benefit from on-hand personal photographic advice and support

– enjoy your accommodation in a small yet comfortable bush camp located in the centre of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, allowing you to be close to the action and the famous migration of the wildebeests (subject to the season)

– relax in the capable hands of our local partner who is one of the very few operators in Kenya with a long standing experience supporting professional photographers and film makers

A safari in Kenya – intense and exceptional!

 

“The Great Migration: wildebeests and topis crossing the Mara River” by Gesser Images

Day 1: Arrival at Nairobi

Arrive at Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, greet and transfer to Macushla House for overnight stay. Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2: From Nairobi to the western zone of the Reserve: the Triangle of Trans-Mara

Breakfast and depart by road to the western zone of the Maasai Mara, arriving for lunch at Mara Serena Lodge.

On arrival you will be met by Vincent Gesser who will give you some information and facilitate your installation in your rooms. Afternoon game drive in the Triangle of Trans-Mara.

Night at Mara Serena Lodge. Full board  & game drives included.

Day 3: West zone of the Reserve: the Triangle of Trans-Mara

This day will be dedicated to wildlife viewing and photography with morning and afternoon game drives in the Reserve.

Night at Mara Serena Lodge. Full board  & game drives included.

Day 4:  From the Triangle of Trans-Mara to the Central zone of the Maasai Mara, or Narok County Council area

Morning game drive. Breakfast at the lodge before departing toward one of the bridges that allows crossing the Mara River.

Game drive « en route », arriving for lunch at Hammerkop Migration Camp.

Installation in your tents and afternoon game drive in the central zone of the Maasai Mara.

Overnight at Hammerkop Migration Camp. Full board & game drives included.

Day 5 to day 7: Central zone of the Maasai Mara, or Narok County Council area

These days will also be dedicated to wildlife viewing and photography with morning and afternoon game drives in the Reserve.

Overnight at Hammerkop Migration Camp. Full board & game drives included.

As an optional activity, if three or more participants agree to it, the Principal Investigator of the main cheetah research team operating in the Maasai Mara will be invited to the camp to give a talk and share insights regarding these fascinating cats. This will be the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding about how cheetahs live in the reserve, their specificities with respect to cheetahs living in other regions, etc.

The proceeds from this activity will support the funding of the research project.

Day 8: Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi

Morning game drive.  Breakfast at the camp, in the Reserve, and return by road to Nairobi.

Game drive and lunch « en route ».

On arrival in Nairobi you will be driven to a restaurant of your choice in the area for dinner (free), and thereafter transferred to Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your return flight.

Optional day in Karen and Nairobi

Its objective is to allow you to discover some outstanding achievements in the field of conservation in Kenya and the wealth of a museum exhibiting some archaeological treasures and information that will help you understand the history and culture of the country.

The fees paid to access the sanctuaries contribute to their funding and support these conservation efforts as a consequence.

The accommodation for one additional night is provided by Macushla House (on a Bed & Breakfast basis, dinner (free)), as for the first night of the itinerary of the safari.

Pick up from the hotel at 09:00 for the day’s excursions, starting with the Giraffe Centre.

Drive to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – Elephant Orphanage for 11am.

Following these close encounters with wildlife, stop for a lunch (free) in Karen before heading to the Nairobi National Museum in the afternoon.

If this optional day takes place before your safari, or if the time of your return flight allows it, return to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – Elephant Orphanage for a private visit at the time when the baby elephants return from their afternoon in the National Park and go to their “rooms” with their carers who will stay with them for the entire night.

Indicative price : from £4,090 per person on the basis of 4 participants sharing double/twin rooms or tents (GBP/USD exchange rate 1.30).

Minimum of 2 participants required to guarantee the safari.

Supplement 2 participants : + GBP 1,770 / person

Supplement 3 participants : + GBP 570 / person

Supplement 5 participants : – GPB 90 / person

Supplement 6 participants : – GBP 380 / person

Subject to availability at the time of booking. The final budget will be communicated after establishing a personalised quotation that will depend on the exchange rates at the time.

– 12 game drives in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in a privatised 4×4 vehicle (with roof hatch for game viewing) and a second privatised 4×4 if there are 5 or 6 participants

– The services of Vincent Gesser as guide and photographic workshop leader

– All transfers to activities and locations and transportation by road from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara and return

– All Park Fees and Camping Fees (subject to possible changes)

– 1 night in Nairobi at Macushla House (guest house 3*** or equivalent). Bed & breakfast only

– 2 nights in the Maasai Mara – “Trans-Mara” zone, at Mara Serena Lodge (3***/4****) in a double/twin bedroom with private en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board accommodation

– 4 nights in the Maasai Mara – “Narok County Council” zone, at Hammerkop Migration Camp, in a double/twin tent with private en-suite bathroom and toilets. Full board accommodation

– Drinks (water, fruit juices, coffee, tea) at Hammerkop Migration Camp except wines, beer, alcohol, spirits and Champagne

– AAR Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation insurance

– All local taxes applicable in June 2015 (subject to change)

– Electricity inverters in all vehicles for charging camera & computer batteries

– International flights to Kenya and return

– Travel and other insurances (cancellation, repatriation, luggage, other risks, etc.)

– Visas to be purchased at arrival in Kenya (£30 / person in cash, indicative, subject to changes)

– Meals not mentioned or mentioned as “free” in the itinerary (e.g. light lunch and dinner on last day)

– Drinks (beer, wine, spirits) other than the ones mentioned

– Any extras of personal nature, tips, laundry and drinks not mentioned in the program, etc.

Individual room and tent: £ 670 per person

Day in Karen and Nairobi: £ 230 per person on the basis of 4 participants.

Talk about cheetahs by principal investigator: £80 per person

Transportation between Nairobi and the Maasai Mara by scheduled flight: please consult us.

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