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Wildlife Tours / Trips

Predators & Great Migration Photo Tour -2016

 Masai Mara, Kenya.  8D/7N, Wildlife photography Tour (Group Size 7 people, Full ) Smile Tour completed

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 1.           Dates

Tour begins at Nairobi 20th  August 2016  and ends at Nairobi on afternoon of 27th August  2016.

  2.           Participants

This safari is for really for anyone who is serious, either about wildlife and nature photography, or about in-depth, intense and patient animal viewing. Non-photographing companions are also welcome. Each Vehicle will have maximum of four participants.

 3.           What we’ll see and photograph                

This safari will take us to one of the best wildlife photography destinations in Africa, Masai Mara National reserve. It is a dream destination for wildlife photographer, as no other place in Africa boasts the density and verity of animals then Masai Mara. We'll photograph the famous big cats, Leopards, Cheetahs and Lions, but we shall also seek opportunities to photograph the equally fascinating small cats, Caracals and Servals. In this period the great migration will be in Mara, giving opportunity to see 1.5milion wildebeest, zebra, antelopes, giraffe and other animals walking across the plains or the magnificent river crossings, one of the most amazing natural spectacles on earth.

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 4.           Accommodation

In Masia Mara Reserve we’ll stay at Matira Bush Camp (www.matirasafari.com) located in the heart of Massai Mara, where Talak River meets the Famous Mara River. It's a simple and small camp, but you'll enjoy all amenities, such as en-suite toilet and shower, big and comfortable beds, very good food and plug point to charge your camera batteries . Due to its location it’s ideally suited for early game drives without first having to drive to the reserve. Only few step outside the camp you will experience elephants, antelopes, leopard, lion and with quick access to the main river crossing points.

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5.           Safari Vehicle

Safari vehicles will be 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers, appositely modified for wildlife photography, with opening roof hatches for 360 degree view, wide side windows for comfortable photography. We will provide a whole row of seats for each photographer, thus providing ample scope, space and flexibility for photography. Maximum one couple per vehicle, sharing one row of seats will be allowed. 

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 6.           Your Guide

Yashpal Rathore, a Naturalist and National & International award winning nature photographer, this will be his 6th year to witness Great migration in Masai Mara. He is certified Naturalist and trained Volunteer from Karnataka forest department. He has an intimate knowledge of animal behaviour & Nature photography. He will assist you pre-tour preparation and on field tips and advice, to make best out of available situation so you get memorable photographs.  We will have pre-tour workshops, couple of month before actual tour. So that you learn and practise required field tips to make most out of the photo opportunity arises during course of tour.  

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 7.         Detailed Program

Day

Date

Program

 
 
 

1

20/08/2016

Meet your guide at Nairobi International Airport and 10-15min drive to near by Airport hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

 

2

21/08/2016

We will start early by road to Masai mara. We will take 1/2 hr de-tour to Lake Naivasha for 2 hrs Boating safari. Idea to make use of morning photography light.  After capturing African fish Eagle and other birdlife, we continue our drive to Masai mara. Reach camp for late lunch. Post Lunch, our first game drive. Overnight at Matira Main Camp. ( Full Board)

 

3

22/08/2016

Every morning our day begins at 5.00 am wtih tea- coffee,  we leave camp at dark (5.30am)with packed breakfast, so that we will be with our subject  at first light break. We will have choice of  morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch.  We return camp post golden hour. Every evening over camp fire, we will have discussion about outcome of day and planning for next day. Overnight at Matira Main Camp (Full Board)

 

4

23/08/2016

Every morning our day begins at 5.00 am wtih tea- coffee,  we leave camp at dark (5.30am)with packed breakfast, so that we will be with our subject  at first light break. We will have choice of  morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch.  We return camp post golden hour. Every evening over camp fire, we will have discussion about outcome of day and planning for next day. Overnight at Matira Main Camp (Full Board)

 

5

24/08/2016

Every morning our day begins at 5.00 am wtih tea- coffee,  we leave camp at dark (5.30am)with packed breakfast, so that we will be with our subject  at first light break. We will have choice of  morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch.  We return camp post golden hour. Every evening over camp fire, we will have discussion about outcome of day and planning for next day. Overnight at Matira Main Camp (Full Board)

 

6

25/08/2016

Every morning our day begins at 5.00 am wtih tea- coffee,  we leave camp at dark (5.30am)with packed breakfast, so that we will be with our subject  at first light break. We will have choice of  morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch.  We return camp post golden hour. Every evening over camp fire, we will have discussion about outcome of day and planning for next day. Overnight at Matira Main Camp (Full Board)

 

7

26/08/2016

Every morning our day begins at 5.00 am wtih tea- coffee,  we leave camp at dark (5.30am)with packed breakfast, so that we will be with our subject  at first light break. We will have choice of  morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch.  We return camp post golden hour. Every evening over camp fire, we will have discussion about outcome of day and planning for next day. Overnight at Matira Main Camp (Full Board)

 

8

27/08/2016

This will be our last day at Mara, Morning Game drive  with packed brakfast. Return to camp around lunch. We checkout our camp, drive to Nairobi by road. Arrival in Nairobi at around 6pm. Return flight to India

 

  

 8.           Prices 

Price p/person, complete row of seats

USD 2,850.00

Couple/ Buddy, sharing same row of seats     

                                                                     USD 5,400.00

The rate includes:

  • Accommodation at Nairobi Airport Hotel for 1 nights, Bed & Breakfast.
  • Accommodation on full board for 6 nights in Matira Main camp, Mara.
  • Full row of Seat on 4x4 stretched Land Cruiser with 3 rows (9 seater);
  • Unlimited game drives from before sunrise to after sunset.
  • Transfers/drop off in Nairobi;
  • Park fees;
  • Guiding service (English speaking) during entire trip.

The rate does not include:

  • Drinks and other extras in the lodges;
  • International flights to Nairobi;
  • Entry visa in Kenya (50 USD p/person)
  • Any other item not expressly mentioned above.

A deposit of $1000 is required at the time of booking (non-refundable), with the balance being required 3 months before departure date.

Kindly visit  East Africa folders in Gallery section to view photographs of previous trips.  Optional Extension tour " 3D/2N, Amboseli @ $1200 pp "

Our suggestion on International flight:

Mumbai to Nairobi: Sat 20 August, Kenya Airways KQ-211 (5h 45m, non-stop)

20 Aug, 16:50 Mumbai (BOM) Terminal 2 ;  20 Aug, 20:05 Nairobi (NBO) Terminal 1C      

Nairobi to Mumbai: Sat 27 August, Kenya Airways KQ-204 (6h 10m, non-stop)

27 Aug, 22:40 Nairobi (NBO) Terminal 1A ; 28 Aug, 07:20 Mumbai (BOM) Terminal 2   

 

Testimonials


Spent a week with Yashpal rathore in Masai mara to witness the annual wildebeest migration in yr 2013. This was my first visit to the Mara, I opted for Yashpal as our mentor to see the Mara as he sees it. We stayed near the junction of the Talek and the Olare orok rivers right in the heart of the Mara in a small camp, comfortable and right in the heart of the action.

We were a group of four and Yashpal accompanied us to the safari and we driven by Simon, our Masai Guide. Usually the safaris were full day, every moment spend on safari was worthwhile, light was fantastic, wildlife was in abundance and Yashpal and Simon could be relied upon to place the vehicle in anticipation of a likely photo-opportunity.

I would have no hesitation to recommend Yashpal as a mentor for anybody planning to visit MARA, his organization Nature glimpses can be relied upon to give the highest level of customization possible in the most reasonable price. Yashpals planning and co-ordination with the local guides and camp managers was perfect and we were specially looked after, including a special Indian meal right in the heart of MARA under a starlit sky with the constant snorting of the Hippos in the pool below.

Dipanker Mazumdar (Architect), New Delhi  


I would like to take this opportunity & chance to thank Mr Yashpal Rathore, for such an amazing experience we had in Kaziranga last week ( Feb 2014). Everything was planned to minute detail and all the logistics were perfect. Timing was superb & we could easily record 40+ photographable species in birds & off course innumerable photo opportunities for mammals. Yashpal is a no nonsense guy, knowing him from last 2 years, I have understood that he organizes things only for serious nature photographers. I can vouch for the economics of the whole trip which was very reasonable....Cheers

Dr Eash Hoskote, Bangalore


I had my first tiger safari to Tadoba Tiger reserve with my friend last June 2013. We had awesome sighting and thanks Yashpal for great experience.

Madhusudan , Bangalore


We have been to Kenya on "Predators & Great migration 2013" trip to Kenya with Yashpal Rathore, what a memorable trip it was. Selection of camp and guide was excellent.  We wish to join him again next year. 

Anand Sachdeva (Architect) , New Delhi


I like travelling with you, as your trips are well planned and economical. I am Looking forward for next Kaziranga trip in Feb 2014.

S. R. Gopalan, Bangalore