- Seven days in the Masai Mara – the classic safari destination
- We will focus on Africa’s big cats – lions, leopards and cheetahs are abundant in the area. We are also looking for the smaller cat Cerval
- Large numbers of animals in the area – everything from zebras, giraffes and elephants to antelopes and gazelles
- Full-day game drives to be able to follow all conceivable situations without having to think about the time. During the 2019 trip we followed 5 cheetahs for almost 6 hours as they hunted wildebeest
- We have off-road permits, which means that our vehicles can drive to places other vehicles cannot
- Maximum four photographers in each jeep
- Opportunities to photograph the Masai Mara’s animals from low angles in custom-built jeeps
- Local Maasai guides who have very good local knowledge and understanding of photography
- We will stay in a tent camp which is about 5 minutes by jeep from the Maasai Mara National reserve
The sun sets on the horizon and the sky turns orange. A group of antelopes and zebras wanders across the large wide grass savannah, we have positioned ourselves so that we can photograph the migrating animals in silhouette against the glowing African evening sky. Slowly a giraffe moves towards an acacia tree and when it stops to graze we have the picture ready and in unison we let our cameras immortalize this classic African motif.
Later at dinner in our tent camp, we can hear Masai Mara lions roaring in the dark night in the distance. Expectations for the morning’s game drive are rising, what will we experience and photograph. If we perhaps find the lion or the more shy leopard lying in a tree, regardless of this, we know that the Masai Mara will also offer us unforgettable photo opportunities of both animals, birds and landscapes tomorrow.
The Masai Mara is located in southwestern Kenya and is one of the best areas in all of Africa for viewing and photographing African wildlife. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Masai Mara forms one of the world’s most spectacular ecosystems with perhaps the largest concentration of animals in the entire world. Here you can find “the big five” – elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo – but also cheetah, zebra, various species of antelope and gazelle, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile to name a few species. Added to this is a rich bird life, but over 400 species. All these animals and birds together with the landscape make the area a great photo destination.
During the tour, our photographic leader will constantly give you photographic advise based on your prior knowledge and level. The guidance in the field is completely adapted to you and your needs. In addition to this, we will also have theoretical sessions where we talk about different photo techniques that we will use during the tour.
The photographic education is adapted to the knowledge of the group and the individual, but we will also see to what photographic opportunities may arise during the trip. During our days in the Masai Mara, we will focus on photographing Africa’s big cats. Lions, leopards and cheetahs are very common in the areas we move through in the Masai Mara Nature reserve.
Despite our focus on the big cats, we will not give up good photo opportunities on “more common” species. Although the “migration” is not in the Masai Mara in January, grazing animals and birds are abundant here. We will work a lot with the “image” and try to create as nice and varied portfolio from the Masai Mara as possible. At sunrise and sunset we look for opportunities to photograph the Masai Mara wildlife against the colorful and often dramatic African sky. In addition, we will cover various techniques on how you can create movement in your images by e.g. to use panning as a method.