This 7 day safari takes you right to the heartland of the Masai Mara. Not only will we gain insight into the day to day lives of the resident predators (lions, leopards, cheetahs and many smaller cats) You will enjoy almost endless opportunities to photograph an abundance of diverse wildlife who make the plains of this awe inspiring reserve there home.
The Masai Mara is home to an unequalled profusion and diversity of wildlife. The Reserve is named for the Masai people who inhabit the area and the Mara River that flows through the reserve. It shares a border with Tanzania’s Famed Serengeti and is in fact a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.The Masai Mara Reserve covers an impressive 1115 sq Km, and is a land of breathtaking vistas, endless plains, and diverse and abundant wildlife.
On this safari you will see the numerous major predators that reside in the area, including Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Hyena and many smaller cats and predators. You will witness both the protective and maternal behaviours of these animals as they go about their day to day lives after the large migratory herds have left.
The Masai mara is of course most famous for the annual wildebeest migration and the river crossings that ensue during this migration. However, the mara is also known as the big cat mecca of the world, amazing documentaries such as the BBC "Big cat Diaries" hold testament to this fact. Nowhere else in Africa will you find a higher density of big cats and more specifically lion and cheetah. In addition to this leopards , hyaenas, servals and many more smaller predators are present. This safari also coincides with one of the peak birthing times of not only many of the local plains game (Zebra, Giraffe, Topi, Impala etc) and the loita herds of Wildebeest, but also many of the predators, so not only is there plenty of young prey species around but also young cubs and pups, these youngsters growing up and being full of playful antics as well as the adults needing to provide food and going out hunting, which we will follow and photograph, all make for some great photography of action and interaction.
In addition to this plethora of animals and experiences, there are over 450 species of birds and many of the migratory species have returned. There are so many, enough for the most ardent bird photographer.
The beauty of this safari being just after the short rains the vegetation around the mara is bursting with vibrant shades of green but the grass is still short having just started to grow. Lets not forget that a major attraction to this time of year, is that the hoards of traffic associated with the migration season is no longer present, so with very little traffic, we will have much of the reserve to ourselves.
This safari for only 8 guests (4 guests per vehicle) led by our Tusk Photo guides and photographers, offers you the opportunity to experience the best of Africa’s wildlife and take amazing images while doing it.
In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara, lies this small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp.
Well hidden in the beautiful greenery of riverine forest, Ngenche Safari Camp offers Panoramic views over the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers Overlooking a hippo pool that is always busy with these beautiful Large animals with crocodiles always in close proximity.
The 10 Spacious well appointed tents are en-suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor with old world charm. Each tent is partially enclosed in it’s own “Boma”, has a large four poster king size bed or two queen size beds, offers wonderful view on the River and is equipped with a large bath tub and outside shower.Mara Ngenche is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. In addition each tent has its own private plunge pool.
Day 1 Arrive Nairobi and transfer to Wilson Airport for flight to Mara Ngenche Camp for 6 nights
Days 2 - 6 Early breakfast & depart on game drive - Depending on sightings we can spend the entire day in the bush or we can go back to camp for lunch. Finish our activities to be back at camp at around sunset.
Day 7 After morning drive we check out and depart in time for either 10am / 2pm flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport Light aircraft flight to Wilson airport (+/-1 hour duration) and road transfer to Jomo Kenyatta airport (NBO) In time for International flights.
Please note : (i) Flight times, both international and domestic, are subject to change without prior notice. (ii) Standard check out is 10h00, therefore you will need to check out of your tent before lunch and only transfer later that afternoon
US$ 3995 per person sharing - US$ 1998 single supplement
Optional costs: - US$ 800 approx for flights – Tusk Photo to finalize our group rate dependant on the amount of travellers.
- US$ 110 per additional 15kg luggage allowance for light aircraft flights to and from Masai Mara.
- US$ 550 approx for balloon flights
This safari includes - Accommodation 6 nights accommodation Mara Ngenche Camp Masai Mara
- All meals, teas and coffees, local beverages
- Park fees
- Open private photographic vehicle, 3 rows of seats, 1 host seat next to driver (Only 4 guests per vehicle)
- Services of Tusk Photo hosts.
- Return flights and transfers to and from Nairobi from the Masai Mara
- All game drive activities.
This Safari does not include - Imported Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- International flights
- Gratuities and expenses of a personal nature.
- Costs for Visas (if applicable)
- Telephone Calls
Optional Extra - Flight Kenya airways Johannesburg South Africa to Nairobi Kenya return approx. US$ 800
- Balloon flights.
- Extra 15kg luggage allowance for small aircraft.
A small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara is home to an unequalled profusion and diversity of wildlife.