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2021 – Wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday

September 11, 2021 - September 18, 2021

£4199
A young leopard rests in the grass photographed in the locations to be used for the NaturesLens wildlife of Africas Maasai Mara photography holiday
  • Wildlife

    of the Maasai Mara National Reserve

    Take an 7 night photography holiday with David & Pui Hang, you will stay at a camp in the Maasai Mara designed for semi-professional & professional wildlife photographers & nature photography enthusiasts.

    The camp & the specially adapted vehicles provide the opportunity to get first-rate images of the African Wildlife found within the Maasai Mara including african elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, vulture, wildebeest, zebra.

    11th - 18th September 2021

    £4199 per participant

    Limited Availability - £840 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 3 - 4 participants - limited places available..

    Bookings close: June 11, 2021

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    Wildlife of the Maasai Mara National Reserve - £4199 per participant

    When
    11th - 18th September 2021
    Cost
    £4199 per participant
    Availability
    limited places available.
    £4199 per participant - limited places available.
  • NaturesLens offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to join David & 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 Mara, in Kenya, during the Wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £4199 per 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. bean-bags will be provided.
    David & 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.
    Photographable Species: african elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, vulture, wildebeest, zebra
    If you wish to stay in the camp for a longer period – then there is an 11-night version of the same trip available here.
    All images provided by & are copyright works of Arnfinn Johansen – used by permission.

    Wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday Itinerary

    day 1 - saturday - 11th september, 2021

    flight from home location to jomo kenyatta international airport

    day 2 - sunday - 12th september, 2021

    arrive jomo kenyatta international airport, transfer to mara olkiombo airstrip & half-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

    day 3 - monday - 13th september, 2021

    full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

    day 4 - tuesday - 14th september, 2021

    full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

    day 5 - wednesday - 15th september, 2021

    full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

    day 6 - thursday - 16th september, 2021

    full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

    day 7 - friday - 17th september, 2021

    full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

    day 8 - saturday - 18th september, 2021

    half-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara, transfer to jomo kenyatta international airport & flight to home location

    A Lioness Photographed In The Locations To Be Used For The NaturesLens Wildlife Of Africas Maasai Mara Photography Holiday
  • 25%

    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.

    • Accommodation on a shared basis
    • Airport Transfers
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a full board basis
    • Guaranteed Window Seat
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Mark - Japan - February 2018

      At no point did I have to wait for any guidance or assistance, which was freely and generously given.

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the Wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 11th - 18th September 2021 & costs £4199 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of, £840 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 Equipment

    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.

    Recommended Clothing

    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!

    Additional Notes
    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 3 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

    Wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday Summary

    The Wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday is a photography holiday of 7 night/8 day duration, that costs £4199 per participant

    & takes place in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, between the dates of 11th - 18th September 2021. It is ideal for photographing african elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, vulture, wildebeest, zebra & more. This photography holiday is led by David & 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 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus David & 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. Transfers between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport & Maasai Mara National Reserve are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £840 to secure a place.

    Wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £840 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: June 11th, 2021*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: June 11th, 2021.
    • 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.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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  • Details

    Start:
    11th - 18th September 2021
    Cost:
    £4199 per participant
    Event Category:
    Website:
    https://natureslens.co.uk

    Location

    Kenya
    Maasai Mara National Reserve,Kenya

    Guides

    David Miles
    Pui Hang Miles