The Masai Mara Experience 2019
July 25th - August 2nd 2019
July 2019 | USD 3300 | peak season in Keekorok and Serena lodges
Pay in easy instalments!
Long-chassis 10-seater Toyota Land Cruisers with only 4 in the vehicle equipped with long-range radios.
Coverage of The Great Migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth!
Some of the best drivers in Kenya, who understand the demands of wildlife photographers, will be with us.
All-day safaris with a packed lunch and an option of returning to the resort for lunch & continuing your safari.
6 nights with 4 full-day safaris and two half-day safaris.
BPW’s 8-years of experience with the Mara – we know where to take you!
Small groups, better learning, personalized service
Excellent food with great options for Indian vegetarians
The Masai Mara
The Masai Mara, a sweeping stretch of 1510 sq. kms, that’s about 370, 000 acres, abounds with game almost undiminished from a hundred-years ago. Here is where you see vistas filled with tens of thousands of animals like you have only seen on TV!
The wonder of the Mara (which in Swahili mean ‘dotted’ stemming from a flat treeless landscape dotted with animals) is that it is a community reserve, ceded by the Masai to aid conservation, thus Masai Mara.
The Mara is at the Eastern border of Kenya and Tanzania. The Tanzanian portion is the Serengeti. In July every year there begins one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth, The Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest, giraffe, antelope, and zebra follow the rains, and the grass, from the Serengeti into the Mara. And following them are the predators!
Our objectives on this trip will be to capture the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, and Rhino. We will also photograph the cheetah, not part of the Big Five, but a key species of the African landscape. Other than these species we will also photograph antelope like the Eland, Thompson's and Grant's gazelle, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe etc.
Amongst the birds we will target are the iconic Secretary bird, the dainty Vulturine guinea fowl, Ruppell's Griffon vulture, Lappet-faced vulture, Superb and Indigo starlings, Bare-faced Go-away bird etc.
We also have time to photograph landscapes and try HDRI, panoramic, and long-exposure photography and we have a chance to photograph the heartbreakingly beautiful Mara sunsets.
Please note we will assist with the booking of tickets and with the Yellow Fever Vaccination and Oral Polio Vaccine which is mandatory for travel to Kenya.
The Lodges –
The lodge we stay in the oldest lodge in the Mara and is a beautiful timbered construction. It is unfenced and you may see hippo and zebra on the lawns at night and of course hear lions roaring from inside your room! Don’t go wandering after dark, but feel to visit the bar overlooking the hippo pool and watch and listen to the hippo snorting and braying.
The gastronomic highlight of the lodge are its vast and varied buffets. Thus one may choose to stick to Indian food or experiment with continental or local cuisine.
Salad counters and desert counters are also present.
We recommend a hearty breakfast before departing on our all-day safaris with a packed lunch. Lunch will be under the African sky with the teeming plains around us. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Mara Serena is the gateway to the Mara Triangle. Perched atop a hill with sweeping views of the Triangle and the Mara river, it is a full-service lodge with an expansive buffet.
Day 1 -
Leave Bombay at 06.35 am am on July 25th, Sunday by Kenya Airways to reach Nairobi. We pass immigration, collect our baggage, buy SIM cards and head to a nearby departmental store to purchase snacks, alcohol, et cetera. Overnight at Nairobi.
Day 2 -
Drive on to the Mara, descending the Great Rift Valley, check-in and begin a half-day safari.
Our accommodation is at Keekorok, the oldest lodge in the Mara.
Days 3 to Day 4 -
All-day game drives in our 4 x 4 Land Cruisers. Breakfast at the camp and we carry a packed lunch. We return to the camp at 7 pm to retire for the day, (We can be flexible here and return to the camp for lunch).
Day 5 and 6 -
Overnight at Mara Serena.
Day 7 -
Morning safari, check-out and transfer to Nairobi for souvenir shopping and our flights back home to reach Bombay at 05.35 am on July 29th.
The cost per person is a competitive USD 3400 and is based on 4 persons sharing a long-chassis Land Cruiser which can seat 10 people.
Pay an advance by December 31st 2018 and get USD 150 off as an early bird discount! Call 9632319062 for details.
AB Apana will lead this trail.
The cost includes:
Your travel from Nairobi to Mara and back including airport transfers in Nairobi
All park fees
All meals from check-in at Keekorok and Serena to check-out
All accommodation charges including Nairobi
BPW's Goody Bag which includes a comfy photographers jacket and bean bag.
The cost does not include:
Domestic airfare within India
International airfare (approx Rs 40,000/- Mumbai-Nairobi return)
Visa fee (USD 50)
Your purchases / meals in Nairobi, snacks, alcohol et cetera
Your souvenir and/or duty-free shopping
Travel Insurance (approx Rs 1000/-)
Yellow Fever and Oral Polio Vaccination (approx Rs 1000/- at your nearest Public Health Office or Rs 5000/- done privately)
Tips to drivers (we recommend USD 10 per guest per day)
To reserve a place please call AB on 9632319062.
You can also use the contact form below.