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MASAI MARA Photographic Safari
9 Days

The “ Masai Mara “ Photographic Safari is the perfect expedition to combine with other destinations in Kenya. This safari takes you to the National Reserve of the same name. It was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. It shares a border with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is essentially a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. It is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game and is renowned for its annual visit by the two million animals between July and October that make up the Great Migration. Covering an impressive 1 115 km² (430 square miles), the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains. This wildlife haven is host to great variety of animals like Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo, Gazelle, Giraffe, Lion , Cheetah and Leopard which will present endless photo opportunities. The Mara River itself is also famed for its enormous crocodiles.

The safari camp we will be using in Maasai Mara has been chosen strategically giving you access to the main reserve within 10 minutes of the camp. Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp is an eco safari camp located in Oltepesi Village. It was founded in 2017 and made to meet the needs of professional wildlife photographers, nature photo enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. We offer the very best guides in Maasai Mara with many years of experience working with wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts. With the best guides and specially modified vehicles for photography where you both have a good general view of your surroundings and have access to low-angle photography. Only 3 photographers per vehicle gives our guests an  exceptional wildlife experience and the chance to take home an amazing collection of images.

Staying in a village like this instead of the usual tourist camp will give you a unique chance to get to know the proud Maasai people and their very interesting culture. Their hospitality is excellent. Upon arrival, the children come running, welcoming you and making you feel at home. You will also have an opportunity to experience an authentic Maasai BBQ , and if you wish,  spend a night in a traditional Maasai hut. Finally,  staying at Oltepesi gives you the priceless opportunity to photograph and film the village and their inhabitants as much as you like without the need to ask for permission first.

During this Photographic Safari we will have a special permit that grants us the possibility of going Off-Road if the photo opportunity requires it. This is something that cannot be done otherwise so has to be considered as a definite plus of this safari.

Safari Facts
  • Led by Mario Moreno

  • Max number of participants : 6

  • Use of private vehicle

  • 3 Photographers per vehicle

  • Off-Road Photographic Special Permit

  • Non photographers welcome

Photographic Highlights
  • Close up predator encounters

  • Lion sightings are guaranteed

  • Mara River Crossings ( Season Dependent )

  • Quintessential East African scenery

  • Local Maasai interaction

  • Iconic Sunsets and Sunrises

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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1

Upon arrival to Wilson Airport Mario Moreno, your safari leader, will be expecting you and will join you on the 45 minute light aircraft flight to Olkiombo airstrip. From there a 45 minute game drive to camp. This transfer is unpredictable and could take longer depending on wildlife sightings on route. On arrival you will be briefed about the camp and shown to your tent. After settling in at the Oltepesi you will have time to take in the stunning views of the surroundings or prepare your photographic gear before lunch at 13:00 before going out on your first photographic game drive.

Day 2 - 8

Every day will start with an early morning wake up call at 05:30. Meet around the campfire for a quick coffee or tea before leaving at around 06:15 for the morning game drive. Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp will our base for your 6 night stay. From here we will explore the Masai Mara National Reserve in search of  photographic opportunities like the obvious Lion, Cheetah and Leopard among other general game like Buffalo, Elephant, Topi and gazelle which will be plentiful. Full day photography sessions with picnic lunch breaks will be enjoyed every day. At sunset we will make our way back to camp keeping a watchful eye on the night creatures.  Dinner is served by candlelight al-fresco or in the dining tent depending on weather. During the next few days you will be woken up for tea, coffee or hot chocolate prior to leaving on your daily sunrise game drive in search of the “ Perfect Moments “. Mario will be assisting in the field with photography tips , recommended settings and will point out interesting photo opportunities. 

Day 9

After your last early morning drive for those last encounters we will return to camp for a hearty breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip for our chartered flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi where you will be transferred to Nairobi International Airport to connect with your flights back home.

Dates & Prices
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25 June - 01 July 2024
USD 5,225.00 per person sharing
USD 500.00 single supplement
August 2024
USD 5,450.00 per person sharing
USD 500.00 single supplement
16 - 24  July 2025
USD 6,985.00 per person sharing
NO single supplement
Not Included
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  • Return air transfers Nairobi-Olkiombo-Nairobi

  • 6 nights ( 2024 ) 8 nights ( 2025 ) at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp

  • All meals and selected beverages in camps

  • All park and conservation fees

  • Daily full day Photographic Game Drives

  • Use of Private 4x4 photographic vehicles with guides

  • Mineral water during game drives

  • Photographic guidance in the field

  • International flights to Nairobi International

  • Travel Insurance

  • Medical Insurance

  • Visa fees if applicable

  • Tips for lodge staff and guide

  • Extra hotel nights before or after safari

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