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For many people around the world, the Great Migration epitomizes the ultimate African safari experience and is still one of the quintessential bucket list items that any wildlife and nature enthusiast should tick off of their list at least once. By combining the exclusivity of the Wild Eye Mara Camp and the experience of their team in East Africa, Wild Eye has taken the Masai Mara experience to a whole new level with this great migration photographic safari.
The maximum participants in the group is 12.
Wildlife photographers know that the migration offers incredible photographic opportunities and many portfolios and award winning images have been captured during the annual journey of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and roughly 500,000 zebra through the Mara Serengeti ecosystem.
This photographic safari is enjoyed by photographers of all levels so whatever your level of experience or goal Wild Eye will assist you with all the travel arrangements so you can focus on your photography. In order to ensure a personal experience, there will always be one photographic safari guide for every six guests.
Wild Eye believes that a photographic safari should be about more than the size of your lens but rather about traveling with like-minded and enjoying as much photography time as possible on your tour.
The adventure begins at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) at 07:00 in the morning where you will be met and transferred to Wilson Airport (WIL) for your scenic flight into the Masai Mara departing at around 10:15. A 45-minute flight will see you landing in the heart of the Mara Triangle Conservancy. Upon arrival, you will head out in search of the wildlife that roam the plains and then return to camp for lunch unless you should find or hear of any potential river crossings.
The prime location makes it possible for you to explore the banks of the Mara River at first light and puts you in the perfect position to photograph the massive herds of wildebeest as they build up and ultimately start crossing the Mara River. Usually, you will enjoy a packed breakfast whilst out on drive, maximizing your time out in the field, before returning to camp for lunch. Each day's schedule will be discussed with you by your facilitator over dinner or whilst processing images in the dedicated media center.
On the last morning, you will, after your morning safari and breakfast, take a leisurely drive back to camp where there will be time to enjoy lunch and freshen up, before heading to the airstrip from where you will again board a charter plane for the flight back to Nairobi (arriving at 17:00). Upon arrival in Nairobi, a short transfer will take you back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) where the safari comes to an end around 18:00.
Andrew co-founded Wild-Eye which specializes in African photographic safaris, photographic coaching and training, and equipment hire. With every guided and photographic safari he undertake, his aim is to ignite the same passion for photography and conservation in others. His understanding of wildlife behavior helps him anticipate and create interesting and compelling photographic opportunities for guests.
Gerry van der Walt
Gerry van der Walt is a wildlife photographer, lecturer, and co-founder of Wild Eye.
Jono is the co-founder of Wild Eye and also a conservation guide.
Marlon du Toit
An adventurous person by nature, Marlon has been immersed in Africa and its beauty from a young age. Growing up alongside Kruger National Park exposed him to the wonders of nature and has since crafted his passion for photography.
This safari will take place in Maasai Mara, Kenya. One of the world’s most iconic destinations, the Masai Mara teems with wildlife is one of the best wildlife photography destinations in the world.
During August and September, over 2 million animals gather on its plains setting the scene for one of nature’s most incredible spectacles and undoubtedly the best wildlife and photographic experience in Africa. Your camp will be on the banks of the Mara River located to optimize potential to see dramatic river crossings. The location also has a high density of predators.