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Kenya – Masai Mara Signature Predator Safari II 2020

Kenya – Masai Mara Signature Predator Safari II 2020

US$13,825 per person sharing

Fully Booked

11 Nov – 18 Nov 2020

We are proud to present a Greg du Toit & ORYX Photo Tours safari handpicked for you to one of Africa’s most thrilling wildlife photographic destinations – Kenya’s Masai Mara. The Masai Mara National Reserve and the location of our camp offers us the opportunity to experience and photograph the wildlife Mecca of Africa in freedom, style and exclusivity.

 

Award winning wildlife photographer Greg du Toit will host and guide you on this remarkable Kenya photography tour. Greg lived in Kenya’s Rift Valley for two years during which time he photographed his internationally acclaimed ‘Waterhole Story’ which featured on NBC television and on the BBC World Wide Service. He has also worked extensively over the last 16 years in the Maasai Mara and has recently undertaken an assignment for the National Geographic Channel on their ‘Great Migrations’ project.

 

Greg has also produced two BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards from Kenya and not only will he be interpreting the region’s wildlife for you, but he will also provide professional photographic tuition to ensure that you obtain your dream images.

Why this Photo Safari is for You

Destination Allure

Visit the world famous Masai Mara and the wildlife mecca of Africa in freedom, style and exclusivity for a true “Lion King” experience.

Open Safari Vehicles

We will utilise open vehicles, which offers the freedom of shooting in various positions as to not limit your photographic experience.

Avoid the Crowds

Capture authentic and intimate moments of the Amboseli’s Elephants and wildlife while getting to know and understand their fascinating lives.

Small Group Departures

Travel to East Africa with a maximum of only 3 individuals for a private photo safari experience.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour. Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner Greg Du Toit has worked extensively for the last 16 years in the Mara and will provide professional photographic tuition to ensure that you obtain your dream images.

Greg de Klerk

ORYX LEADER
Greg du Toit

8 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Nairobi
  • per person sharing
    US$13,825
  • Photographic Highlights
    Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Serval, 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

Today is your arrival day in Nairobi for your Kenya photography tour. You will be met by an ORYX and transferred to Nairobi’s boutique Hotel. This evening, you will meet up with host and tour leader Greg du Toit and he will discuss your incredible upcoming photo safari in detail.
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Day 2: Road transfer to Wilson Airport, flight Masai Mara and road transfer to Naibor Wilderness Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve

Today our Kenya photography tour commences we fly to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, a perfect location to start your predator workshop. Upon arrival in the “Mara”, we will be collected by our guide and driven the short distance to our accommodations based along the Talek River. Reaching camp by lunchtime, we will have time to settle in and enjoy a scrumptious meal prior to our afternoon game drive. This afternoon’s game drive will be the first of the workshop, and we look forward to an exciting exploration ahead of us in this part of the Mara!
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Days 3 and 4: Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is a paradise for big cats. These cats, notably Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, were featured annually on the BBC’s highly popular Big Cat Diary between 1996 and 2008. This series showed just what an amazing area the Mara is for the big cats! Predators we will attempt to photograph include Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Serval, Spotted Hyaena and Nile Crocodile. Other iconic African mammals such as Plains Zebra, Masai Giraffe, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Common Warthog, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, Common Eland, Kongoni, Kirk’s Dik-dik (to name but a few) are in abundance, making this a true 'Lion King' experience not to be missed.
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Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve to Olare Motorogi Conservancy

Today our African photo safari continues as we depart the National Reserve and head to Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Our primary targets are of course the resident Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, and we will be able to access 35,000 acres in search of these incredible big cats. The Mara supports a healthy number of resident herbivores, and thus game viewing in general is excellent even when the main herds of Wildebeest and Plains Zebra are not around. Another bonus of staying in a private concession such as this one, is that we will be able to drive off-road if necessary, to obtain the perfect image. Furthermore, we will be able to alight from our vehicle (if it is safe to do so!) so as to be able to get low-angle photographs from close to ground level.
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Days 6 and 7: Olare Motorogi Conservancy

We have two full days to explore this private concession in the rolling Acacia-dotted plains of the northern Mara. Our photo safari is designed to fall outside the main Migration season in the Mara, with the consequence that the number of visitors, and thus vehicles in the park is greatly reduced when compared to the traffic volumes experienced during the peak of the migration. Not only does this improve our overall experience dramatically, but the absence of the large herds means that the predators are typically much hungrier, giving us far better chances of witnessing hunts.
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Day 8: Fly Olare Motorogi to Wilson Airport, road transfer to JomoKenyatta and depart

Today marks the end of your incredible Kenya photography tour. After a morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the nearby airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure back home.

Location

Mara PredatorsSuzanne Emerson, USA

First I want to say I agree totally with everything that David, Kim and Bob Purcell said about our Masai Mara safari. As Bob said, we choose the trip because we so enjoyed our previous Oryx trip with Dale Morris to the Pantanal of Brazil; we hoped the one to Kenya would have the same superb organization and accommodations, and provide sufficient opportunities to really observe the wildlife and countryside. Not only were our expectations met, they were exceeded in each and every case.

As the main person struggling to learn how to take better photographs, I really appreciated how David and Patrick, the guides, and Greg all worked together to give me the best lighting and angles and opportunities for fantastic shots. Greg was a great teacher ,first by example and second by providing guidance on settings and subjects and always being quick to answer my questions. Best of all, he was helpful without being intrusive. As I look through my many pictures, I can clearly see that the ones toward the end of the trip are better than the ones from the beginning; thanks Greg.

I was very glad we did not have to spend time in Nairobi, and Macushla house was the perfect place to set the mood for the safari beforehand and to compare favorite memories afterwards. The number of animals, happenings, and landscapes we saw is still difficult to comprehend; each day was an adrenalin rush with something unexpected and amazing always popping up thanks to the skills of Greg and the guides. Greg is an encyclopedia of knowledge and provided lots of interesting details and observations that made the trip so much more enjoyable; we really got at least two trips- a photographic one and a nature expedition.It was an unexpected perk to find that Greg was an expert on birds so we got to indulge in one of our favorite hobbies and greatly increased the number of bird species we have seen in the wild. When I mentioned that I would like to see a bushbaby, a hyrax and a hornbill, Greg and Patrick managed to find me all three and we even got to hear the hornbill’s haunting call.

This trip was one of, if not the best, I have ever had. There were no bad moments, it was always fun , exciting and extremely pleasant. Totally awesome. I look forward to taking other ORYX trips in the future.

Mara PredatorsKim Spurr, United States of America

Let me also extend my abundant thanks for such a special trip. I feel like we are still processing all the amazing things we saw, and will be sorting photos for some time (there are some really great ones).

I wanted to add a few thoughts regarding the logistics of the trip as well. The accommodations were really first rate, at Macuschla House and then at both bush camps. As Greg noted, it is great to experience the subtle differences in the environmental settings of Naibor and Kicheche, and the changes in animals around the two camps. The hospitality at both camps was fabulous, but the intimate atmosphere at Kicheche bush camp really stayed with me. Your marketing should emphasize the benefits of experiencing both camps. By using both camps, and by taking the leisure of more than a week for the trip, it was possible to see all nearly all corners of the Masai Mara and understand what a special place it is.

Finally, in talking with other people about the trip, I realized that having a private, dedicated guide for our group really made it special (and certainly made the logistics easy for us). Neither David nor I came prepared to take advantage of Greg’s expertise as a photography tutor, but I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to Greg for sharing his abundant knowledge and expertise as a naturalist and guide. And for his patience with our continual questions and requests to stop to look at everything, even the rocks. It was a brilliant trip.

Mara PredatorsBob Purchell, United States of America

To follow up: our Kenya trip was truly fabulous! While our memories are fresh, I want to touch on a few points:

1) A brief adjustment time at Macushla house before and after the Safari was perfect! In particular, Macushla house was a stroke of genius for the following reasons: away from population centers and terrorists , close to the elephant orphanage and giraffe center, as well as an excellent crafts cooperative/restaurant, and close to Wilson airport. Finally, it is a very comfortable and low-key facility with excellent food and staff.

2) We were interested in the ORYX Kenya Safari because of our very positive experience with the Pantanal trip rather then because it was a photographic tour. We are basically naturalists and birders(okay, amateurish birders): Suzanne is the only avid photographer among us. Basically we much prefer the slower pace of photography tours instead of the hectic pace of a birders’ tour. Consequently, it was a great pleasure to discover that Greg is an outstanding naturalist and birder as well as a world-class photographer. We think that there would be even more interest in Greg’s tours if your website indicated how multitalented he is. Birders and naturalists who lack an interest in photography would certainly be interested in Greg’s other skills. Greg played a very large role in assuring the success of our Safari in many ways.

3) Both tent camps were outstanding venues. All aspects of these facilities were top notch. In particular, the staff and especially the guides were highly professional. It was wonderful to see the mutual respect between Greg and the camp guides in finding just the right places for us to go and just the right things to see and do.

4) The balloon ride was frosting on the cake. I was the only one of us who had ballooned previously. We were all thrilled by it and had a new appreciation for the vastness of the Masai-Mara from the height of a balloon. The perfect place for a balloon flight!

In summary: well done!

Mara PredatorsRussell & Nicola Millner, England

We had a fabulous time, the other couple, Marion and Manfred, were great traveling companions and Greg is a really great guide and a pleasure to be around. The day room at House of Waine was an inspired idea; last time we came back from the Mara through Nairobi we had a really tedious time. This was so much better. Your communications and organisation have been excellent and I truly expect that we will be in touch again in due course. Nicola and Marion have already had conversations about our future travel together.

Mara PredatorsMarion Fischer, United States of America

We are safely back from a fantastic trip to Kenya. We enjoyed every minute of this trip! We loved the Masai Mara and had a fabulous time with Greg who is not only a fantastic photographic guide but also a humorous and sympathetic personality.

We like to thank you for the perfect organisation of the trip. A special thank you again for the day room. We appreciated the possibility to spend some time at the comfortable House of Waine!

We would certainly like to do another photographic expedition in the near future!

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