NaturesLens is proud to offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to join Pui Hang & take opportunities with the fabulous & diverse wildlife of Africa’s Maasai Mara. Here you will find lions, leopards & cheetahs & all the other iconic animals of Africa like elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, baboons, zebras, wildebeest & other antelopes such as Thompson’s gazelles, impalas, grants & topis – among many other species. The black rhino is more tricky, but can sometimes be spotted in the Mara Triangle & if you are lucky, you may even see the serval cat. The Maasai Mara is also super-rich with birdlife including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, kingfishers, cranes, hornbills, the Secretary bird, ostrich, to name but a few.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. It is one of the best parks for big cats, but sightings of smaller predators like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal & spotted hyena are also rewarding.
We have designed an all-encompassing photography experience, ensuring that splendid safaris & comfortable accommodation are organised for you to ensure that you can focus on making the most of opportunities to capture editorial quality images..
Join NaturesLens to capture images of wildlife of the Maasai Mara, in Kenya, during the African wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 10 night/11 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £6899per participant.
Our base is located within a genuine Maasai village, where you will also have the unique opportunity to experience the Maasai people’s traditional & famous culture. This will give you the extraordinary chance to get to know the proud Maasai people & their culture from the inside. Their hospitality is great – when you arrive, the children come running to greet you; Jambo!
Our drivers & naturalists are highly skilled & respected. More importantly, they understand what it means to work with professional & demanding wildlife photographers, & always work hard to give you the best opportunities to get your shots whether it is from inside the car, or from the ground or on foot – from the early mornings to the late evenings. They are exceptionally good in finding animals, reading what will happen & positioning the vehicle optimally for photography.
Our base, an eco safari camp, is located in Mara North Conservancy, just five minutes’ drive to the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Accommodation is offered in spacious safari tents furnished with en-suite bathroom including shower, washbasin & flush toilet. There is also a dining tent where the camp’s chef & staff will serve us with delicious food. In the dining tent, we will also be able to charge camera batteries, phones & computers.
Breakfast & lunch will be taken on the game drives so that you can enjoy full day safaris with picnic breakfast & picnic lunch on the open savannah, in the shade under a tree or by the Mara or Talek rivers overlooking hippos & crocodiles.
The full-day safaris mean you will be out before sunrise & until after sunset, photographing in the very best light. There will also be opportunities to photograph from outside the car on foot or from the ground. Driving off road is also possible, subject to the appropriate licences being obtained.
This trip is best suited to those of you with mid-level to advanced photography skills looking for a new challenge. We pride ourselves in offering something unique to clients in comparison to other trip providers, so we have arranged for the game drives to be carried out in safari vehicles which have been specially modified for wildlife photography.
The safari vehicles, based on 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Long Edition, have been modified for the purpose of giving the best working conditions for photographers. They allow you to stay low & get strong & powerful low-angle shots of the wildlife, shooting both ways from the vehicle. They have no back doors, & the floor is extended to 180 cm in width & covered with a soft rubber mat making it comfortable to lie on. Also, the wide-open sides with shallow window frames, no bars & no glass are very convenient for panning & action photography. The vehicles have a pop-up roof, so shooting from the roof, for instance, birds, a leopard in a tree or a cheetah hunting is very convenient. The pop-up roof also provides shade from the sun. Last but by no means least, the cars also have 4-6 power outlets for charging cameras, phones, laptops etc. on the go.
We will have exclusive use of these vehicles & with our driver/guides, we can go where we like, stop & have the car positioned as we like, waiting for as long as we like & be in the right place in the early mornings, catching the sunrise, or wait for the right moment & the best light in the evenings. What’s more bean-bags will be provided.
Pui Hang, cofounders of NaturesLens, will lead you throughout this photography tour, providing guidance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills. They will help you capture images of the diverse wildlife in both wide-angle & close up shots; capturing them in motion or static, interacting with each other or with other species all with the impressive backdrop provided by the African landscape.
Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.
NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.
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You are making an enquiry for the African wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 25th October - 4th November 2023 & costs £6899per participant, this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £1200 to secure a place.
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How to Book
Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
Recommended Camera Equipment
For this photography holiday, we recommend that you bring along an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 100-400mm & a 500mm lens or the 200-400mm with built in extender. The combination of the 100-400mm & the 500mm will cover off close portrait shots as well as action shots. The 200-400mm with built in extender is perfect for this type of photography holiday thanks to its versatility. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some environment shots or landscapes.
We recommend that you bring dust covers to protect your expensive lens from the dust whilst you are out on safari.
You might also wish to pack a monopod and/or beanbag to steady your camera while you are in the jeeps.
The weather in September can range from 11 - 27 degrees Celsius so we recommend that you pack layers that you can shed as it gets warmer. Beige, khaki or brown coloured safari clothes in cotton are best but you should also bring a warm jacket for the cool mornings and waterproofs in case of rain. You should also being a hat, preferably a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge, to protect your head & scalp from getting burnt.
For footwear, trainers or walking boots would work best.
Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen & mosquito repellent!
NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens.
NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
Travel Insurance Requirements
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover.
We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal.
Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
African wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday Summary
The African wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday is a photography holiday of 10 night/11 day duration, that costs £6899per participant & takes place in Maasai Mara in Kenya, between the dates of 25th October - 4th November 2023. It is ideal for photographing african elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, vulture, wildebeest, zebra & more. This photography holiday is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 5, plus Pui Hang. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. , this photography holiday requires a deposit of £1200 to secure a place.
African wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday Payment Details
Deposit required to secure a place: £1200 payable upon making a booking.
Final balance payment due: July 25th, 2023*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
Bookings close: July 25th, 2023.
No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
* Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.