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Kenya – Best of the Mara Migration Photo Tour II 2023

US$9,725 person sharing

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6 Sep 2023 – 13 Sep 2023

ORYX is proud to present you with a 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 natural history events 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 cat 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 witness one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles: the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Action Packed Moments

With tens of thousands of wildebeest on the move, it’s a predator’s paradise as carnivores such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena and Nile Crocodile are on the lookout for a meal, and predator prey interactions can be experienced on the plains and during river crossings!

Freedom to Explore

As we utilise private-use game drive vehicles, we can spend as much time out as we wish between sunrise and sundown photographing Africa at its best!

Camp

Our 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.

ORYX LEADER
Daniel Bailey 

8 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Landscape
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Nairobi
  • person sharing
    US$9,725
  • Single Supplement
    $450
  • Photographic Highlights
    Great Wildebeest Migration, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Serval, Spotted Hyaena, Black-backed Jackal, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Topi, Nile Crocodile, Hippo, 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. Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and then transferred to the hotel accommodations where the group will overnight. At dinner tonight, Penny will discuss this Kenya photography tour in more detail.
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Day 2: Scheduled Flight From Wilson To Masai Mara National Reserve

This morning we will be transferred to Wilson Airport where after we catch a scheduled flight to the Musiara Airstrip, which located in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival at the airstrip, our guides will collect us and take us to camp, game driving en route! Our camp is specifically chosen for its superb location, and has a scenic view being perched overlooking the Mara River. After check-in and lunch, we will depart on our first afternoon game drive on this Kenya photography tour.
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Days 3 to 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

The following days on our Kenya photo safari will be spent in the Masai Mara National Reserve, focussing on areas that are holding key game species and have the potential for interesting interactions and of course, special photographic opportunities. We may spend full days out in the field during our Kenya photography tour, the benefits of which include not having to return to camp for meals (on such days, we would have a delicious selection of food packed onto the vehicle) and this enables us to explore some of the areas further away from camp and otherwise inaccessible on half-day forays. Our wonderful ground team is however very flexible to our needs, and depending on weather conditions, we may have the day broken up into morning and afternoon game drives.
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Day 8: Scheduled flight from Masai Mara National Reserve to Wilson

After our final morning drive and breakfast, we will sadly depart the Masai Mara, embarking on a scheduled flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful restaurant en-route to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where this safari concludes.
Kenya – Best of the Mara MigrationFlavio Ciglia, Switzerland

Our Kenya photo safari was such a wonderful trip. We saw so may animals in different situations and our group got along very well. The Nkorombo Camp is outstanding and the staff exceptionally friendly, helpful and so special. Everybody there made it absolutely special. Thank you! You made my birthday absolutely unique! We loved the food in the camp and also in the field. There is really nothing to complain. We only can say thank you. Penny Robartes is a great tour leader. She is very caring and empathic. You always feel welcome and you always get answers or all questions, no matter how basic they might seem. Her attitude and her positive character makes every trip special. She’s a great tutor and gets never tired. Radio Penny is always online 😉. Thank you Penny! It was my second trip with you and not my last.

Kenya – Best of the Mara MigrationShyam Thilagaratnam, Singapore

This was my sixth trip with ORYX Photo Tours and my third with Penny Robartes as guide. As always, all the arrangements were perfect - from the information provided pre-trip by Nicolette (especially with the constantly changing Covid-related requirements) to the accommodation, food and the photography guidance from Penny. It’s a given that when on safari, one should be prepared to see nothing - however, a combination of the excellent skills of our guides and drivers (thank you George Xanti and Kim James!) from the Serian Nkorombo and, perhaps an alignment of the stars, made this an action-filled trip to the Mara. We had a chance to practise low light photography one beautiful morning, when there was a sighting of a pride of 17 lions as the sun came up; we were witness to a stand-off between a lion and a hippo (!), with the same lion chasing a hyena, followed a little while later by a chase and wildebeest kill…all before breakfast one day. The guidance provided by Penny was invaluable. Each time I travel with her, I learn something new. Her generosity and clarity with which she shares her vision, tips and techniques always floor me - thank you so much Penny, you're a gem! This trip was not just about photography - it was about going home to the warm welcome of the lovely Serian Nkorombo family, renewing friendships while forming new ones - and making memories to which photographs could never do justice, but which are indelibly etched in my mind. Huge thanks to all at ORYX for making this happen!

Kenya – Best of the Mara MigrationFlavio Ciglia, Switzerland

This week in the Mara was outstanding. We went from one highlight to the other. Never saw neither Lions that close nor a kill before. Our tour leader Penny Robartes was so passionate and aware to make sure this week was exceptional. Her tutoring helped me to make better images and to get a complete new way of interpreting scenes in the field. Thank you Penny. I will come back!

Kenya – Mara MigrationShobha Gopinath, Singapore

This is my 7th trip with ORYX Photo Tours and that fact itself should stand as an outstanding testimonial! When booking with ORYX, you don’t have to worry about any of the arrangements or logistics, you can just be rest assured that it will all be well taken care of. This latest ‘Best of Mara’ Tour was no exception. We were extremely lucky in our sightings and witnessed some incredible encounters. One can never be certain with Nature, but we had a special experience every single day! Our guides and drivers were simply outstanding at getting us to where the action was. Penny Robartes, with whom I have travelled many times and someone I consider a friend, is most generous with her skills and knowledge and is the most attentive photography lead you can ask for. She is truly a wonderful travel companion and teacher. Our accommodation for this trip was Alex Walker’s Serian Nkorombo Camp, a camp I had stayed at 5 years ago. Going back after all these years felt like a home coming, such was the warm welcome of the beautiful staff of the camp. We had the most wonderful and comfortable stay there. Thank you ORYX for yet another unforgettable experience!

Kenya – Mara MigrationFlavio Ciglia, Switzerland

Our Kenya photo safari was such a wonderful trip. We saw so may animals in different situations and our group got along very well. The Nkorombo Camp is outstanding and the staff exceptionally friendly, helpful and so special. Everybody there made it absolutely special. Thank you! You made my birthday absolutely unique! We loved the food in the camp and also in the field. There is really nothing to complain. We only can say thank you. Penny Robartes is a great tour leader. She is very caring and empathic. You always feel welcome and you always get answers or all questions, no matter how basic they might seem. Her attitude and her positive character makes every trip special. She’s a great tutor and gets never tired. Radio Penny is always online 😉. Thank you Penny! It was my second trip with you and not my last.

Kenya – Mara MigrationGregory Cowle, Australia

The Kenya photo safari was excellent from beginning to end. We had some excellent wildlife observations, particularly of predators, but also zebras, giraffes, elephants 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 Kenya Mara Migration photo 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 photo safari was my first real wildlife photography tour 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 fortune 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 technical 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 for this photo safari trip too were nothing short of superb.

Thank you ORYX Photo Tours for yet another unforgettable experience!

Kenya – Mara MigrationJon Knutsen, Norway

This was my first experience with ORYX Photo Tours 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 Masai scouters in great cooperation with our ORYX photo tour 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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