This Photographic Safari takes you to the center of predator action in Kenya ... The Masai Mara. The eco-friendly Elephant Pepper Camp nestled in The Mara North Conservancy, overlooks the dotted plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve and is just a few minutes from Leopard Gorge made famous by the popular BBC Big Cat Diaries documentary series.
Masai Mara was named for the Masai 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, Topi, Giraffe, Lion , Cheetah and Leopard which will present endless photo opportunities. The Mara River itself is also famed for its enormous crocodiles. We will be located in the Mara North Conservancy which is a Masai community project run by Masai families owning the land. The community members have come together and formed this private Conservancy in order to protect the wilderness area instead of using the land for agricultural use as per their title deeds. Elephant Pepper Camp is tone of the few camps located on the Conservancy and as such offers a vast area of tranquility and preserved nature as well as exclusive game drives and walking safari opportunities – all of this in almost total privacy away from the busy crowds.
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 unfenced and our guests enjoy a real immersion in Nature with animals walking around freely in front of the tents. All the tents are set among trees overlooking the endless plains of the conservancy which are the stage for one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth; the great annual migration of over a two million wildebeests and zebras.
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.
• Return Nairobi airport transfers
• Return air transfers between Nairobi and Masai Mara
• 6 nights at Elephant Pepper Camp
• All meals and selected beverages
• All park and conservation fees
• 2 Game Drives daily ( early morning and evening )
• Use of Private 4x4 safari vehicles with guides
• Mineral water during game drives
• Photographic guidance and workshops
• International flights to Nairobi International Airport
• Travel Insurance
• Medical Insurance
• Visa fees if applicable
• Tips for lodge staff and guide
• Extra nights of accommodation before or after safari
Arrival at Nairobi International Airport where you will be met and transferred to Wilson Airport for your 45 minute air transfer to Mara North airstrip in Masai Mara which a mere 20 minutes game drive to the camp for your 6 night stay. After settling in at the Camp you will have time to take in the stunning views of the lush surroundings or prepare your photographic gear before lunch that will be served around 01:30pm. From here we will explore the private concession in search of the first photographic opportunities like the obvious Lion, Cheetah and Leopard among other general game like Buffalo, Elephant, Topi and gazelle which will be plentiful. After the sun has set we will make our way back to camp keeping a watchful eye on the night creatures. Night photography will also be possible on demand. At Elephant Pepper Camp, because we will be using a private vehicle, there are no strict rules so the duration of game drives will be determined by the photographic encounters that are presented before us. Dinner is served by candlelight in the dining tent.
Day 2 - 6
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 “. You will return for a hearty breakfast around 09:30am after which you can relax in the privacy of your tent or meet with your photographic leader for a casual photographic session during which images will be reviewed, commented and processed. Lunch will be served around 01:30pm. Some more time to indulge in the peaceful setting around the camp and take in the savanna surrounding you. At 03:30pm you will leave on the evening game drive in search of more photo opportunities until the sun goes down. Only then will we return to camp to a well deserved dinner. During your stay 2 game drives in the Main Reserve are included. These will be used to explore the main Masai Mara Reserve. There will be plenty of time for casual photo talks, 1 on 1 tuition and workshops during the relaxed hours of the day for those interested. Nothing is mandatory during this safari and you dictate the pace of it.
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.
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