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Are you tired of capturing mundane and ordinary objects? Or maybe you are looking for new perspectives to channel your wildness? Look nowhere! Tusk Photo will take you right to the heartland of the Masaai Mara on a 7-day safari. You will not only gain insight into the day to day lives of the resident predators but you will also enjoy almost endless opportunities to photograph an abundance of diverse wildlife that makes this awe-inspiring reserve home. Come and capture the memorable wild experience!
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
During your safari, you will stay at Mara Ngeche Safari Camp.There are 10 spacious well-appointed tents. The tents are en suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor with old world charm. Each tent is partially enclosed in its own boma, has a large four-poster king-size bed or two queen-size beds, and offers a wonderful view of the river.
The tent is equipped with a large bathtub and outside shower. Mara Ngenche Safari Camp is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds, offering an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush. In addition, each tent has its own private plunge pool.
Your safari will begin as you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Having departed from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or from your country after clearing customs, you will be transferred by road to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport (WIL) for your flight to Maasai Mara. It will be a half-hour drive to your base at Mara Ngenche Safari Camp. As you arrive at the camp, you will be struck by the breathtaking views and the vast number of animals visible from here.
You will have an early breakfast and depart on a game drive. Your full-day daily game drive, hosted by your Tusk Photo photographic expert, will ensure that you spend the next days capturing the best possible wildlife shots on offer. Your memory cards will be filled with every type of stunning animals. Lions, leopards, cheetah, hyena, jackals, seem to lie in wait everywhere, and you will capture many action shots.
During the rare quiet times, the panoramic views create a magnificent backdrop for the array of antelope, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and all the other large and small animals that inhabit the area. In addition to this plethora of animals and experiences, there are 450 species of birds, such as the large ostrich, the small quelea, as well as uncommon species, colorful and drab, water birds, birds of prey. There are so many, enough for the most ardent bird photographer.
As you return to the camp after sunset, the African sky glittering above, and with the sounds and smells of the bush around you, you will share your extraordinary day with your fellows. The beauty of this safari being just after the short rains, the vegetation around the Maasai Mara is bursting with vibrant shades of green but the grass is still short, having just started to grow. You should not forget that a major attraction of this time of the year is the hoards of traffic associated with the migration season that is no longer present. So, with very little traffic, you will have much of the reserve to yourself. Depending on sightings, you can spend the entire day in the bush or you can go back to the camp for lunch. You will finish your activities to be back to the camp at around sunset.
You will have the last morning drive before flying back to Nairobi and onward.
Ben is a Namibian-born South African who lives in London, UK. His passion for photography began as a young boy when his father gave him a secondhand camera. His Veterinary Science degree strengthened his affiliation with the animal world and his desire to photograph them in their natural environment. Ben now combines his passions by leading specialist photographic tours to incredible destinations.
Brendon was born and raised in Zimbabwe where he was exposed to wildlife and the outdoors from a young age. He could hardly be kept indoors because nature had a big place in his heart and life from a very young age. Brendon worked for a company that specialized in walking trails in the Matusadona National Park focusing on black rhino and lion. Brendon has an extensive knowledge and understanding of big cats, their habits, and habitats. It is one of Brendon's big passions. Today, he is a specialist wildlife photographer and photographic guide.
Fanus' work has been recognized by organizations like the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife Awards. He has acted as a judge for the Fujifilm Getaway Awards and Nikon’s Africa Photographic Awards. His work has also been published in various magazines like Weg, Go!, Getaway, and high profile glossies like Africa Birds & Birding.
Kobus has a unique approach to his wildlife photography. It makes the demand for his photographs increased exponentially, not only in South Africa and Africa but also in international wildlife journals and magazines. At the same time, Kobus also started to win multiple awards, not only locally, but also with reputable establishments like Africa Geographic. He has a very friendly, personable nature, and a keen desire to share his artistic, photographic, and wildlife knowledge.
Wim van den Heever
Wim is the owner of Tusk Photo. His interest in both photography and the natural world were stimulated and facilitated at an early age.
This safari will take place in Maasai Mara National Reserve. The reserve is home to an unequaled profusion and diversity of wildlife. It shares a border with Tanzania’s famed Serengeti and is in fact, a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The Masai Mara National Reserve covers an impressive 1,115 square kilometers land and is a land of breathtaking vistas, endless plains, and diverse abundant wildlife.
The reserve is most famous for the annual wildebeest migration and the river crossings that ensue during this migration. However, the reserve is also known as the big cat mecca of the world, amazing documentaries such as the BBC's Big Cat Diary. You will find a higher density of big cats and more specifically, lion and cheetah. In addition to this, leopards, hyenas, servals, and many smaller predators are also present. There are also over 450 species of birds and many of the migratory species have returned.
During this safari, you will be served daily meals along with tea, coffee, and local beverages.
To add to your amazing time, you can choose to have a bird’s eye view of the reserve from a hot air balloon at an extra cost.
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), you will be picked up by Tusk Photo and be transferred to the next destination. This pickup is included in the price.
"Everything was perfect. We all had a great time. It was spectacular. Thanks for your help in setting it up for us."
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"I want to thank you for the perfect organization of my trip to Chobe and Elephant Plains. It worked with the precision of a Swiss clockwork, just amazing. It was a great trip and I have learned tons due to the help of Brendon and Villiers. They did an excellent job. Most of all, I would like to go on another safari with you guys and I am specially interested in the Khwai Savuti Chobe Botswana Tour."
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"I just wanted to say thank you to Tusk Photo for a wonderful safari experience at Elephant Plains. I had a fantastic time and everything was so well organized and planned. The hosts were wonderful and of course, the leopard sightings were incredible. It was a truly great experience and I'm going home with wonderful memories and full memory cards. So, thanks to the whole Tusk Photo team. You guys rock!"
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