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Wildlife Tours / Trips

Predators and Great Migration 2014

8days (7nights) in Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, Kenya ( Tour completed Smile)

Aug. 15th 2014 - Aug. 22th 2014 

migration Destinations

On this safari you shall visit Lake Nakuru NP for 1 nights and Masai Mara NR in Kenya for 5 nights.

 1.           Dates

 Departure will be from Mumbai at 3.10 am Kenyan airways flight on August 15th 2013. Return to Mumbai will be at around 2:30am of August 23rd  2014.

  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. 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. 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. From July to October, the great Wildebeest migration will be in the reserve, with their extraordinary Mara and Talek river crossings and their endless lines across the plains.

cheetah lion
leo elephant

At Lake Nakuru NP you'll focus on the extraordinary colony of Lesser Flamingos or other lake shore birds. You'll be out before sunrise to catch the best light in the forest or on the lake and interesting encounters. Lake Nakuru is also a sanctuary for Black and White Rhinoceroses, and also hosts a sizeable population of tree-climbing Lions and Leopards.

rhino girafee zebra

 4.           Accommodation

 In Lake Nakuru NP we'll stay at Lake Nakuru Lodge (www.lakenakurulodge.com). It's one of two lodges within the National Park, and it is in the best position to access the lake shore and the Yellow-fever Acacia forest. All rooms are en-suite, with continuous power at 240V.

nakuru nakuru

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. Due to its location its ideally suited for early game drives without first having to drive to the reserve. Only few step out outside the camp you will experience elephants, antelopes, leopard, lion and the legendary wildebeest migration close up.

matira camp matira camp

5.           Transportation

Safari vehicles will be 4x4 Land Cruisers appositely modified for wildlife photography, with opening roof hatches wide side windows for comfortable photography. Will carry loads of bean bags and stands for tripod heads.

 6.           Your Guide

Simon, a Masai warrior, born and brought up in Masai Mara. He is a professional safari guide certified by Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA – Silver level, www.safariguides.org). With more then 15 year experience, he knows masai mara as back of his hand. He has an intimate knowledge of animal behaviour, birds and Kenya’s National Parks.

simon

 7.         Detailed Program     

     

Day

Date

Program

 

1

15/08/2013

Meet your guide in Nairobi at Airport and drive to Lake Nakuru NP. Arrival at the lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge 

2

16/08/2014

Full day in Lake Nakuru NP, we might make day trip to Lake Bagoria depends upon location of flamingos. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge

2

17/08/2013

Early morning game drive. Breakfast in the lodge and departure at 9.30am by road from Lake Nakuru Lodge to Masai Mara NR (about 7 hours). Lunch on the way in Mai Mahiu or Narok. Game drive on the way to camp in Mara. Overnight at Matira Bush camp.

3

18/08/2013

Full day in Mara with morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch. Overnight at Matira Bush Camp.

4

19/08/2013

Full day in Mara with morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch. Overnight at Matira Bush Camp

5

20/08/2013

Full day in Mara with morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch. Overnight at Matira Bush Camp.

6

21/08/2013

Full day in Mara with morning and afternoon game drives or full days with packed lunch. Overnight at Matira Bush Camp.

7

22/08/2013

Morning Game drive, lunch in camp and return to Nairobi by road. Arrival in Nairobi at around 5.30pm.

 8.           Prices 

Price p/person, 2 person in 1 row of vehicle

USD 3,300.00

Price p/person, 1 person in 1 row of vehicle                                                 

                                                        USD 3,550.00

 The rate includes: 

  • Accommodation on full board for 5 nights in Matira bush camp Mara.
  • Accommodation on full board for 2 night in Lake Nakuru Lodge.
  • Seat on 4x4 stretched Land Cruiser with 3 rows (9 seater).
  • Unlimited game drives and 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.

 Deposit of 20% of the total cost of the safari will be required upon booking (non-refundable). The balance will be due 2 months before departure date. 

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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