Fabulous wildlife and great photography on the Kenyan plains
For many who have not travelled to Africa, their impressions are often of
acacia dotted plains, hundreds of different bird species and herds of
migrating wildebeest and zebra pursued relentlessly by their predators. This
safari embodies all of those fantastic images and does it in superb style, a
classic safari in a classic destination. When you only have a relatively
short time in Kenya it is essential to maximize it in the conservancies and
not waste time travelling all over the country. Exodus’ awarding winning
resident photographer Paul Goldstein has his own brand of safari. His mantra
is simple, do the time at the coal face and the rewards will follow, so be
prepared for early starts, long days and plenty of advice and enthusiasm. Any
wilderness fan or photographer will be particularly attracted by this safari.
* Special Photographic Safari guided by Paul Goldstein
* Comfortable safari at intimate tented camp with walk in tents and en suite
* Prolific wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo, and
* Game drives geared towards ensuring good quality and frequent photographic
Overnight flight from London to Nairobi.
Arrive Nairobi; morning flight to Masai Mara.
After clearing customs and immigration at the airport, a shuttle bus will
transfer to Wilson Airport on the Western side of the city. Land only
passengers will join us here. This is normally during rush hour so expect
some traffic. Wilson is a nice airport and there should be time for some
refreshments before boarding the 45 minute flight to the Mara. Here we will
be picked up by custom built four- wheel drives and transferred to thecamp.
After being shown to our spacious walk-in, luxurious tents, we take an
afternoon game drive with sundowners. This is the first of many game drives
in this prolific area.
Accommodation: Kicheche Tented Camp
*Luxury Tented Camp
Sharpen your photography skills on the vast plains of the Masai Mara.
Game drives start right from the camp, as it is not uncommon to have wildlife
wandering through at some stages of the day. Drives are very much a moveable
feast. Some days, the drives will be long, (13 hours or so although not
driving all the time) whilst others are much shorter, depending on the
movement of the game and tips from the bush telegraph. Paul and his team will
try to make good calls when it comes to viewing but they cannot always get it
right. They will however be trying their hardest to ensure that photographic
opportunities are frequent, but will not be dashing around ticking off
species like other mainstream safari companies. Early, very early, starts are
the order of the day, though we normally find some shade for lunch in a
beautiful spot and to relax a bit. Unless, that is, we come across a
migration crossing or hunting cheetah! These drives are not endurance tests
but a full day out on the plains can be quite tiring. They also will involve
patience, as a hungry cheetah will often wait many hours before making her
Meal times are a delight under the stars in the evening or in the mess tent
in bad weather. During time off you can relax in your tents however, it is
the game and scenery that make this area so incredible: huge prides of
predators feasting on an abundance of plains game. The camp often has a pride
of lion’s close-by and their call accompanied by the cackle of the hyena is
an occasional nigh time companion. The property is very relaxing for those
hours in the middle of the day (when you are there) and the haute cuisine and
hot showers are a big bonus, but these luxurious trappings sometimes belie
the fact that the camp is right in the heart of the most prolific savannah on
earth and this should be respected.
Accommodation: Kicheche Tented Camp
*Luxury Tented Camp*
Morning game drive; afternoon flight to Nairobi; depart Nairobi.
Final game drive followed by brunch then late afternoon flight back to
Nairobi. There will be time for some shopping and there will be dinner in a
very nice Nairobi restaurant before heading to the airport.
Day 10 Arrive London.