The “ Maasai Mara “ Photographic 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 very carefully in the heart of the Mara North Conservancy ( MNC ) giving you access to all the important Mara River crossing points while also giving you access to areas of the Conservancy away from the crowds. The Mara North Conservancy is a not-for-profit company. The Conservancy is a partnership between twelve member camps and 788 Maasai landowners. The aim is to create a best practice, world-class Conservancy with long-term commitments to the environment, wildlife, and local communities. MNC is one of the most populated wildlife areas within the Masai Mara ecosystem. It is home to the Leopard Gorge, a vital birthing and maternity ground for the big cats made world famous by the BBC’s Big Cat Diary, as well as the scenic Lemek Hills, an important refuge to highly threatened African wild dogs. During the Loita Hills migration (December to May), thousands of local wildebeest come to the Mara North Conservancy.
Professional wildlife and tourism management ensures guests of a truly exclusive and private safari experience with a very low vehicle density.
Elephant Pepper Camp is nestled in a grove of elephant pepper trees after which the camp was named. The Mara Conservancy is a prime wildlife area all year round and offers a high quality game viewing experience, in fact game viewing starts right from the camp itself. This is great predator territory so Lion and Cheetah sightings are guaranteed. We will also be on the lookout for the elusive Leopard.
During this Photographic Safari we will be in a private concession which means NO gate times to adhere to and the possibility of going Off-Road if the photo opportunity requires it. This is something that cannot be done in the public areas of Masai Mara and has to be considered as a definite plus of this safari.
Led by Mario Moreno
Max number of participants : 6
Use of private vehicle
Off-road driving in most locations
Non photographers welcome
Close up predator encounters
Lion sightings are guaranteed
Mara River Crossings ( In Season )
Quintessential East African scenery
Local Maasai interaction
Iconic Sunsets and Sunrises
Return Nairobi Airport transfers
1 night at the Boma Hotel on arrival in Nairobi
All air transfers between camps/lodges in Kenya
6 nights at Elephant Pepper Camp
All meals and selected beverages in camps
All park and conservation fees
2 Game Drives daily ( early morning and evening )
Use of Private 4×4 safari vehicles with guides
Mineral water during game drives
Side platforms provided for long lenses and beanbags
Photographic guidance and workshops
Emergency air evacuation by Flying Doctors
International flights to Kilimanjaro International Airpor
Visa fees if applicable
Tips for lodge staff and guide
Extra nights of accommodation before or after safari