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Kenya – Best of the Mara Migration Photo Tour 2020

Kenya – Best of the Mara Migration Photo Tour 2020

US$7,775 per person sharing

Spaces Available

5 Sep 2020 – 12 Sep 2020

ORYX is proud to present you with an unforgettable 7-day wildlife photo safari experience-of-a-lifetime to one of the most game rich safari destinations in Africa, Kenya’s celebrated Masai Mara National Reserve.

 

The annual Wildebeest migration is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on the planet, as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle follow the rains in search of the better quality grazing. When the vast herds arrive in the Masai Mara they must ford the Mara River, creating a spectacle without parallel in the natural world!

 

Along with the renowned Big Cats sightings, there is clearly much that will keep us both inspired and in awe on this incredible Kenya photography tour.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Visit the world famous Masai Mara and one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles; the annual Wildebeest Migration.

Action Packed Moments

With 1.5 million Wildebeest and thousands of Zebra and Thompsons’s Gazelle on the move, it’s a predator’s paradise as carnivores such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Spotted Hyena will be on the lookout for a meal, while the resident crocodiles lurk in the river streams for their portion.

Freedom to Explore

Enjoy 3 (2 for 6 participants) dedicated ORYX game drive vehicles for us to use as we please! From sunrise to sundown we can spend as much time out as we wish photographing Africa at its best!

Camp

Serian’s Nkorombo Mobile Camp is set on a private riverside site on the banks of the mighty Mara River with close access to major River crossing sections on the Mara River.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate safari experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

ORYX LEADER
Penny Robartes

8 Days
8 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Nairobi
  • Per Person Sharing
    US$7,775
  • Single Supplement
    US$595
  • Photographic Highlights
    Wildebeest & Zebra migration, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Serval, Hyena, Black-backed Jackal, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Topi, Nile Crocodile, Hippo, Wildebeest, Plains Zebra, Defassa Waterbuck, Masai Mara scenery
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to accommodation

Today is an arrival day in the Kenyan capital for the start of our African photo safari
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Day 2: Scheduled flight from Wilson to Masai Mara National Park

This morning we will be transferred to Wilson Airport, where after we catch a scheduled flight to the Musiara Airstrip located in the Masai Mara National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip, our guides will collect us and take us on our first photo safari game drive as we slowly make our way to the Camp. After check-in and lunch, we will depart on our long awaited first afternoon game drive on our Kenya photography tour. Our camp is specifically chosen for its superb location. Besides the natural beauty that surrounds it, such as overlooking the spectacular Mara River, this area also offers a very high concentration of wildlife activity found in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
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Days 3 to 7: Masai Mara National Park

The next day spent on our Kenya photo safari in the Masai Mara National Park will either be full-days out in the field, or broken up into morning and afternoon game drives depending on the heat of the day.   As we will be taking exclusive use of the Camp, we have complete freedom to choose as each new day arrives. The benefit of full-days out in the field during our Kenya photography tour and not having to return to camp for meals enables us to explore some of the areas further away from camp, otherwise inaccessible.
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Day 8: Scheduled flight from Masai Mara National Park to Wilson

After our final morning photo safari game drive and breakfast, we will sadly depart the Masai Mara for Wilson Airport in Nairobi. We will stop for lunch at one of the beautiful restaurants en-route to Jomo Kenyata International Airport where we will say good-bye and board our international flights.

Location

Kenya – Mara MigrationGregory Cowle, Australia

The Kenya trip was excellent from beginning to end. We had some excellent wildlife observations, particularly of predators, but also zebras, giraffes, elephants, etc in the beautiful Mara landscape.

The camp, staff and local guides were very good, and it was great to travel with Penny given her well-deserved reputation in the Mara. The efforts Penny made with all the participants to see and capture the wildlife in a manner reflecting her style, and provide technical help from shooting to processing were beyond expectations.

Kenya – Mara MigrationShyam Thilagaratnam, Singapore

The Migration Safari was absolutely magical – the magic of the Mara was definitely more than enhanced by the lovely Penny. She truly is a gem. Right from the time we met her at the Ole Sereni, we knew this was going to be a great trip. Penny is an amazing teacher – from advising on settings and composition, to Lightroom and editing – she was on the ball all day, and even in the evenings, when we got tutorials on editing (I was telling her she should have a YouTube channel, she would have quite a following!). All this she did with kindness and patience, and unbridled enthusiasm. Even a couple of other guests at the Nkorombo camp commented on how hardworking she is, and that we were a lucky group to have her guiding us. But more than the photography and her mad skills, Penny is one Good person, and as Shobha said, ‘make sure you hang on to her’ :-)

Kenya – Mara MigrationShobha Gopinath, Singapore

The Best of the Mara Migration was my first real wildlife photography expedition and it didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of drama and loads of excitement.

We learnt patience while sitting in our jeeps willing the fickle-minded wildebeest and zebras to make the plunge but the dangers of giant crocs lurking in the waters spooking the animals was a spectacle in itself … then there was the amazing sight of a pride of lions having a family feast and cheetahs devouring their kill, the unexpected sighting of a lone and majestic leopard – each day had its own magic.

Patience wasn’t the only thing we learnt. We had the good fourtune of being led by the super-charged and incredibly personable Penny Robartes. From the crack of dawn to post-dinner post-mortems of the day, she was always on the go. She was generous with her artistic and techical knowledge. Mastering settings and composition and Lightroom ‘tricks’ was a lot of fun with Penny and there was always a large and healthy dose of humour. That makes all the difference.

We as a team enjoyed Penny’s company and her self-effacing manner makes her difficult not to like. I would go on another expedition with her in a heartbeat. I cannot recommend this trip and Penny highly enough.

The organisation and arrangements on this trip too were nothing short of superb.

Thank you Oryx for yet another unforgettable experience.

Kenya – Mara MigrationJon Knutsen, Norway

This was my first experience with ORYX Photography and I came on this trip with high expectations, especially on the migration and river crossing part. What struck me most was the massive wildlife in the area and how close we came to it at various sightings. It is almost unreal to get to see close ups of Lion kills, Cheetah kills and a Leopard in only 3 days. The local Maasai scouters in great cooperation with our ORYX photo guide, Penny Robartes, did a fantastic job and kept the energy up throughout 12-14 hours day trips. Excellent photo coaching by Penny on site was also a great contribution for higher quality images… Well done!! I have now added several thousands of new great images that I will enjoy reviewing in the months ahead.

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