Some highlights

  • 7 days (five full days and two half days) in the Masai Mara – the classic safari destination. In the Masai Mara we live in a tented camp that is completely focused on nature photographers. The camp is about 5 minutes by jeep from the Maasai Mara National reserve
  • We have focus on the great migration and all that it can offer in large herds of wildebeest and zebra and other animals
  • We will be at the Mara’s rivers trying to photograph the herds crossing the rivers
  • The big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah are abundant in the area
  • Masai Mara always has large numbers of animals – everything from zebras, giraffes and elephants to antelopes and gazelles
  • Full-day game drives in the Masai Mara to be able to follow all conceivable situations without having to think about the time. During previous tours we for example followed 5 cheetahs for almost 6 hours as they hunted wildebeest
  • We have off-road permits in the Masai Mara which allows our vehicles to go places other vehicles cannot
  • Maximum four photographers in each jeep
  • Opportunities to photograph the Masai Mara’s animals from low angles
  • Local Maasai guides who have very good local knowledge and understanding of photography

The darkness of the warm African night embraces us as we sit around the camp fire in our tented camp.  We hear some hyenas laughing as they pass not far from our camp. The conversation around the camp fire again picks up again and there is much to talk about. The whole day has been spent out in the fantastic nature of the Masai Mara and we have so many experiences and impressions, not to mention the pictures, the pride of lions we photographed at sunrise, wildebeests crossing the river and the unique experience of seeing a female cheetah with her cubs sitting on a termite mound and looking out over the vast grasslands.

Suddenly the night is filled with the sound of two roaring lions, powerfully and confidently the two males tell their pride and other lions that this is their territory and that they are the kings around here.

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. The ever ongoing migration of wildebeest and other grazing animals such as zebras and antelopes usually comes to the Masai Mara during the month of July and then the savanna is filled with millions of animals. To get to the grasslands of the Masai Mara, the animals have to cross the areas rivers and this phenomenon has become one of the truly great nature experiences in the world and something that as a nature photographer and nature enthusiast you just have to experience at some point in your life. When the animals cross the river to get to new pastures, they expose themselves to great danger as the river is “full” of crocodiles who are happy to take advantage of this opportunity. To reduce the risk of becoming a crocodile’s prey, the animals gather in large herds and the hesitation can be long before venturing into the river. Finally, someone ventures out and is immediately followed by the herd. In order to get across the river as quickly as possible, the animals sometimes throw themselves out of the bank and land on their relatives.

The base for our stay in Masai Mara is Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp. Our drivers guide us through the nature they grew up in and know inside and out. Their knowledge and experience is second to none in the Masai Mara and a guarantor of providing us with absolutely world-class photo opportunities on our safari. Our guides are fully aware of which lighting conditions are particularly attractive for nature photography and they have an outstanding ability to put us in the right position to find the subjects we are looking for. This tour is completely focused on giving the participants maximum time with the best photo conditions. During the tour we will spend a full 75 hours on safari. This means that the chances of getting fantastic pictures of the savannahs animals are very good.

The day starts at five o’clock with us meeting up for a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit before we meet up with our guides and drivers at the safari vehicles. As we set off in the dark, for a full day in the Masai Mara, we can already sense the beginning of dawn in the east. Perhaps we will get a glimpse of any of the nocturnal animals that are in the area, such as bat-eared fox or porcupine. Just ten minutes later, will the sky in east take on some beautiful red tones. We will look for giraffes, antelopes, elephants or perhaps a lion that can make an intresting foreground in our image. We get the first photo opportunities of the day when we work with the animals’ characteristic silhouettes against the backdrop of the red sky, what a beautiful start to the day. As quickly as it came, the magical light is gone. The sun rises and we continue to look for animals in the early morning. With dew on the grass and maybe a little veil of fog in the valleys, we can get fantastic light conditions for photos during the first hours of the day. Sometimes we can find a group of lions or a cheetah in the earlier hours of the morning. At this time of the day, there are attractive photo oppertunities in all directions and our drivers do their utmost to ensure that we find pleasing compositions for the animals and birds of the savannah. All the time we keep an eye on the movement of the wildebeest herds by the rivers, if they start to gather to cross the river we quickly get in as good a position as we can.

When the best light for photography has passed and the animals’ activities permit, will we look for a nice place for breakfast, perhaps by a river bend or under an acacia tree. Often, the time around meals offers the opportunity for a little more free photography of landscapes, birds, lizards or insects as long as we don’t wander off from our spot.

After breakfast, we pack up and continue the safari. At this time of day, there are often information around from other guides and drivers about interesting things in the area. If the large herds of wildebeest and zebra begin to gather at the rivers, we will get information about that and go there as quick as we can. As the light gets sharper in the middle of the day, we try out a few different photo techniques that are suitable for the type of light when the sun is very high in the sky. Sometime in the middle of the day we make a lunch stop. We will once again have the opportunity to explore the immediate surroundings. In connection with the lunch break, we can also have a little rest. But soon we are off to find new photo oppertunities again. Sometime after 3 p.m., the light starts to get a little softer again. We spend time looking for interesting behaviour among the animals on the savannah. Perhaps we can see some predator preparing for a hunt. Our very experienced guides know how to position ourselves to get good photo positions on such occasions.

During the late afternoon the sun gets lower and lower. A beautiful light often appears at sunset, and we will try to find animals that can form a beautiful silhouette against the setting sun. After sunset, we slowly head home. When we get back to our camp, it is completely dark. We get about an hour in our tents before it is time for dinner and an opportunity to summarize the day’s impressions. The day ends with us falling asleep in our tents, surrounded by the sounds of the savannah. Perhaps we hear the strange sound of a group of zebras, barking jackals or a group of hyenas howling in the distance.

During the tour will our photographic leader give you photographic training based on your prior knowledge and level. The guidance in the field is completely adapted to you and your needs. In addition to this, if time allows, we will also have theoretical sessions where we talk about different photo techniques that we will use during the tour. The photographic training is adapted to the knowledge of the group and the individual, but we will also see to what photographic opportunities may arise during the tour. During our days in the Masai Mara, we will focus on photographing the animals of the savannah and extra focus will we have on the wildebeest and zebra crossings across the rivers. Lions, leopards and cheetahs are very common in the areas we move through in the Masai Mara and of course we will spend a lot of time with the big cats and other exciting animals. We will work a lot with the “image” and try to create as broad a 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.

Den stora migrationen i Masai Mara, Kenya. Fotoresa med Wild Nature fotoresor. Foto Henrik Karlsson
Den stora migrationen i Masai Mara, Kenya. Fotoresa med Wild Nature fotoresor. Foto


Day 1 27/7 (Lunch – Dinner)
Transport by bus from Nairobi to Aitong in the early morning where we are meet by our Masai guides for further transport to our tent camp. After arriving at our tent camp, will we get lunch and then get ready for our first game drive. Back in the tent camp after dark.

Day 2–6  28/7 – 1/8 (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
During the days in Masai Mara will we do a full-day game drives (breakfast and lunch are eaten in the park). We travel in customised Toyota Landcruisers in the Masai Mara and are constantly looking for images. We have permits to drive off-road to increase our photo opportunities.

Day 7  2/8  (Breakfast – Lunch)
Morning game drive in the same way as before. After lunch will we drive to Aitong for further transport by bus Nairobi. The tour ends at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in the evening.

More information

    On the trip we will have daily game drives. Days 2-6 we will have full-day game drives in the Masai Mara, this to increase our chances for good pictures. We have an off-road permit, which means we can drive off-road. Our game drives take place with open Toyota Landcrusiers that are specially built so that you can take photos from lower angles than is normally the case in a vehicle of this type. We have no restrictions on how many kilometers we can drive each day.

    On all our tours we have different theoretical photography workshops. These workshops are always related to the specific tour and can be anything from teaching different photography techniques or tips and tricks for image editing to talking about image composition or preparing for special photo opportunities on the trip.

    Throughout the trip, our photography leader provides active photography advice when we are out in the field. Everything for you to develop as a photographer and take fantastic pictures home with you.

    As we will be photographing many different types of subjects, everything from landscapes with and without animals to portraits of mammals and birds, it is advisable to bring everything from wide-angle lenses to telephoto lenses. On jeep safaris, lenses such as a zoom 80/100-400mm or 500mm are excellent. A 70-200 mm zoom should be supplemented with a longer focal length or 2x teleconverter. To increase the focal length, teleconverters should be used in certain situations. A crop-format body ostensibly turns 400mm into 600 or 640mm. With a full-frame body, you should have a 1.4x converter with you if the longest lens has a focal length of 400 mm. If you have access to two camera bodies, it is good to have both and have slightly different focal lengths on the bodies. This is to avoid having to change lenses if there is a lot of dust. Tripods are difficult to use in the jeeps, but can be useful when shooting on foot. Tripods can also be good if the opportunity arises for night photography.
    Mornings can be a bit cool when traveling in the jeep, so it is good to bring a long-sleeved shirt or a jacket. A cap or hat can be good as protection from the sun. A pair of thicker trainers is the best choice for the feet. Comfortable field clothing with both long and short arms and legs is the best choice.

    We will stay in a tented camp of mid range standard. All tents have their own showers and toilets. Our meals are eaten in a “dinner tent”. Single rooms are limited in the tented camp. Contact us for more information about availability and price.
    WiFi is available in the camp.

    The accommodation has no restrictions in terms of accessibility. The safari vehicles we use may mean a slightly reduced accessibility in case of reduced mobility.

    Share in double room/tent, meals according to itinerary, transport by bus to/from Nairobi – Masai Mara.
    Full day game drives with local guides, Off-road permits, entrance fees and other fees related to the national park, photo guiding, photography workshops.

    Round-trip flights to Nairobi, Kenya, tips, alcoholic beverages, eTA for entry into Kenya, vaccinations and medical tests, insurance and other things of a personal nature.

    If you want to arrive in Nairobi the day before the tour starts, we can coordinate the booking of a hotel night at a hotel near the meeting point. Tick the box in the booking form when booking if you are interested in an extra hotel night. We will of course get back with a quote of the price before definitively booking the hotel room.

    The tour starts and ends in Nairobi, exact time location to be announced later. If you arrive the day before and have booked room and transport through us, we will of course meet you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    With effect from January, 2024, Kenya is a visa free country but travelers must complete an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). Please note: ETA applications must be made through
    Submissions for the eTA can be made up to 90 days prior to travel.

    Your passport has to be valid at least for 6 months after the day of arrival in Kenya.

    The registration fee shall be paid after an invoice from us, right after your booking. The remaining amount shall be paid no later than 30 days before the trip. Payment will be in Swedish crowns (SEK). Amount in Euro and US dollars mentioned above are just reference amounts.

    Contact your insurance company about travel insurance and cancellation insurance. We always recommend travel insurance that covers medical transports both at the destination and for transport home.
    Contact your doctor for advice on vaccinations. Also check any requirements for medical tests for entry into the country.

    Our tours are open to all nationalities, which means that the group can be international.
    The tour guides on our trips speak Swedish and English.

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Photographic leader

Frida Hermansson
Lives in Roslagen, Sweden. Frida has had a fascination and love for animals and nature since childhood. She also works as an AD and graphic designer and that has shaped her image creation.
In her photography, she is curious and constantly strives for new ways to portray her subjects, whether it is animals, landscapes or graphic details.

Frida has had several photo shows and exhibitions and also participated in SVT’s Mitt i Naturen, “The art of photographing nature”.
Frida’s pictures are published in Fotosidan Magasin, in articles and reports on, the book “Experiences in Stockholm’s Nature”, and local press.

As a photographic guide on trips and workshops, Frida is passionate about sharing knowledge and inspiration, and the goal is always for the participants to come home with new knowledge, memorable experiences and really good pictures.


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