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Wildlife Tours / Trips

Land of Heavy weights Herbivores & Feathered Beauties

8days (7nights) in Kaziranga National park and Nameri wildlife sanctuary (Tour completed Laughing)

Feb 15th-21th 2014 ( Both groups full )

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Destinations

On this safari you shall visit Nameri wildlife sanctuary for 2 nights, Kaziranga National Park for 4 nights and Half day trip to Gibbon Sanctuary.

1.           Dates

Trip Starts from Guwahati at 11.30am on Feb 15th 2014 and ends at Guwahati, 3pm on Feb 21st 2014. Kindly book your travel to Guwahati from respective cities accordingly.

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. We will have best guide in business, both at Nameri & Kaziranga.

 

3.           What we’ll see and photograph          

This trip will take us to one of the best wildlife photography destinations in India both for mammals & Birds. Kaziranga has unique ecosystem a savannah which will remind you of Serengeti. Kaziranga’s landscape has  riverine flood-formed lakes known as, beels , surrounded by marshland, grass lands with tall elephant grass which host large herbivores like, Asiatic elephant, Water buffalo, Swamp deer , hog deer, tiger & Leopard and the most famous one horned rhinoceros. We'll also seek opportunities to photograph the equally fascinating smaller creature like, otter, mongoose, monitor lizards, terrapin etc. The moist tropical forest of Kazirange will home of over 500 species of birds especially as we were traveling during winter bird migration time.  Kaziranga has more than 80 tiger but with ecosystem of tall grass which can merge even elephant in it, don’t expect an easy sighting. Kaziranga is paradise for large herbivores and Birds, I rate it as most well maintained and a must visit Park for each nature lover at least once. 

Predators And Great Migration

9 days (8nights) in Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, Kenya ( Tour completed Embarassed)

Aug. 9th 2013 - Aug. 17th 2013

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 Destinations

On this safari you shall visit Lake Nakuru NP for 1 nights and Masai Mara NR in Kenya for 7 nights.

1. Dates

 Departure will be from Mumbai at 3.10 am Kenyan airways flight on August 9th 2013. Return to Mumbai will be at around 2.30am of August 18th 2013.

 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. Federico Veronesi will be for half the time on your vehicle and on the other half, our KPSGA (Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association) certified guide will guide you.

 3.What we’ll see and photograph      

This safari will take us to one of the best wildlife photography destinations in Africa. 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.

 

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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.

 

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4. Accommodation

 In Masai Mara NR we'll stay at Mara Freemansafaris camp (www.freemansafaris.com), a temporary tented camp in the heart of the reserve, on the banks of the Olare Orok river, in excellent position to photograph wildlife in all the reserve. 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. Electricity is supplied in each tent. All accommodation will be on full-board basis, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We will always have breakfast during the game drive, and depending on the situation, also lunch.  

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.

 5.  Transportation

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

 

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 6. Your Guide

Simon, a Masai warrior, born and brought up in masai mara. He is aprofessional 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.

  7.Detailed Program                                  

Day

Date

Program

1

09/08/2013

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

10/08/2013

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 Freemansafaris Mara Camp.

3

11/08/2013

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

4

12/08/2013

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

5

13/08/2013

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

6

14/08/2013

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

7

15/08/2013

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

8

16/08/2013

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

9

17/08/2013

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

 8. Prices 

Price p/person

USD 3,820.00

Single supplement

USD 0.00

 The rate includes:

  • Accommodation on full board for 7 nights in Freemansafaris Mara camp for 5 people in two doubles and one single.
  • Accommodation on full board for 1 night in Lake Nakuru Lodge for 5 people in two doubles and one single, pending confirmation of availability. If Lake Nakuru Lodge not available, rates will vary.
  • Seat on 4x4 stretched Land Cruiser with 3 rows (9 seater);
  • Unlimited game drives and transfers/drop off in Nairobi;
  • Park fees for 8 nights (80 USD p/night p/person);
  • Guiding service by Simon (english speaking) in Masai Mara.

 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. The balance will be due 2 months before departure date.

 Payment will be through wire transfer, net of bank commissions, or with Credit card, with extra charge of 3.5% of total.

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