Tours

Kenya Great Migration Tour

September 2 – September 10, 2017

Secure your spot now. Make your booking by e-mailing me on bjornpersson9@gmail.com

THE ULTIMATE PHOTO SAFARI

Masai Mara is a unique sanctuary for African wildlife, and the arena for one of the greatest wonders of the natural world; the great migration. The sheer scale of this event is breathtaking. More than two million wildebeest on the move at once, joined by almost one million zebras and gazelle.

If witnessing and photographing this phenomenon is on your bucket list, this is the trip for you!

The Kenya Great Migration Safari is an African photographic safari that is especially timed for the annual wildebeest migration. But unlike many other standard photography tours, we will go the extra mile to get even better and more spectucaluar images.

This means long hours in the bush, patience and a sense of adventure. But anyone interested in taking great pictures knows they come with hard work and a lot of passion.

With our off road permits we will be allowed to get even closer to the action. The perfect combination for anyone who’s ever dreamt of a genuine African wildlife experience.

To maximize our chances of getting the best possible pictures, we will be staying at two different locations in the Mara which have some of the greatest concentration of wildlife on earth.

I have spent the past years going to the Mara and know the traditional crossing points. You will feel like you have stepped into a wildlife documentary film and you will be overwhelmed by the plethora of exotic wildlife. Welcome to the safari of a lifetime!

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • We have private 6 passenger 4X4 Land Cruiser. Every person will have their own row with two window seats available for the best  viewing and photographic opportunities.
  • Having an off-road driving permit means we have no gate times. We can continue to track wildlife into the evening when the actions really begins. Experience the maximum photographic freedom.
  • Luxury accommodations in small private tented camps with a great and authentic feeling of being in the wild.
  • Experiencing the greatest migration on earth.
  • Safari is limited to 6 participants, plus me and an experienced guide.
  • This safari focuses on getting incredible images, we will push hard spending most of our time in the field and not back at camp having a nice meal, this is all about wildlife photography.
  • Two of the best locations in the Mara for the ultimate chance at a massive crossing
  • This safari focuses on up-close and real wildlife experiences.

THE ITINERARY

Day 1. September 2, 2017

Depart on your wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Arrive Nairobi, Kenya and transfer to your comfortable hotel

Day 2 September 3, 2017

This morning you will wake up  in Hemingway Hotel, a very magical place with the aroma of Kenyan coffee brewing. We will meet at breakfast for a safari briefing before hoping into our safari vehicle departing for the Masai Mara driving along the floor of the Rift Valley. We  will be able to do a small game drive on the way to our exclusive private tented camp arriving in time for a late lunch with time to settle in before we head out on our first official game drive.

The camp is positioned to blend unobtrusively into the surrounding vegetation and has an authentic safari feel of days gone by. There is no better way to experience Africa than by spending a few nights under canvas and  camping in the heart of the migration. Sitting close to the camp fire at night,  you will enjoy the starry African sky and once safely escorted to your tent by your Masai watchman, you will be lulled asleep to the sound of grazing hippo, zebra’s barking  and the occasional roar of a lion.

Day 3-5 September 4-6, 2017

We rise early today in one of the greatest wildlife locations in all of Africa. Sentinel Camp is situated in a prime area of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Musiara Marsh area renowned for its outstanding game viewing is where both the BBC “Big Cat Diaries” and Disney’s “African Cats” were filmed. You are assured of an excellent game viewing experience. During the annual migration, various crossing points are easily accessible from Sentinel.

We will spend the next 3 full days here and our focus will be to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, hippos, giraffes, common zebras, gnu, gazelles, topi, hartebeest, jackals, spotted hyenas and much more. 

We will also be in radio connection with colleagues and guides to keep a watch out for a build up of the migration and a possible crossing. We are close enough to the river that if we get word, we will race off for a large crossing.

Day 6 September 7, 2017

We will have a morning game drive and breakfast and then game drive our way to our next camp located along the Mara River, the Entim Mara Camp.

This exclusive luxury tented camp with only 10 tents is also positioned to blend unobtrusively into the surrounding vegetation with a beautiful views of the Mara river. The tents all have a fusion of modern African décor with all the amenities such as hot running water, flush toilets, comfortable beds and a beautiful dining areawith stunning views. Sometimes you can se even see a river crossing from here while having breakfast or dinner.

We will settle in and have some time to relax before our afternoon game drive. We will stay on constant alert for a possible river crossing and be prepared to go at a moments notice.

Day 7 & 8 September 8-9, 2017

Our location here is positioned to be close to the main crossing points and our main focus with a lot of luck, will be to witness a dramatic crossing of thousands of wildebeest and zebra.  To see a crossing takes time and patients, many times waiting along the edge of the river for hours or a full day.  Our guide is an expert and if there is not a large build up we will not wait, but game drive near the crossing locations and keep in contact with any action near the crossing points.

This is also the time that a balloon ride can be arranged. ( US$485.00 for balloon rides-this is not included in the price of the safari)

Day 9 September 10, 2017

We arise early and enjoy our last game drive in the Masai Mara. We come back to the camp for a final delicious breakfast before driving back to Nairobi. We will then be transferred to the airport for our international departures.

ACCOMODATION

Hemingway Hotel Nairobi

The hotel which is only a 40-minute drive away from Nairobi’s international airport, is a perfect place to unwind after a long international flight. The 45-room boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury service for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Its 80 square metre bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills.

http://www.hemingways-nairobi.com

Sentinel Camp

Sentinel is set up each season in a forest along the banks of the Mara River in one of the prime areas of the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. The experience of being in the wild coupled with luxury and attention to detail is the finest way to enjoy the magic and mystery of the African wilderness with its amazing wildlife.

http://sentinelmaracamp.com

Entim Mara Camp

Entim  was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara game reserve. For a few months of the year the migration is on our doorstep on the Mara river.

While many other visitors to the Mara will be staying in camps in the surrounding areas and conservancies, at Entim you don’t have to drive for hours to get to the wildlife action because you are right there in the middle of it.

http://www.entim-mara.com

ABOUT THE SAFARI

This safari is for anyone who is serious about wildlife and nature photography. This safari is focused on producing quality images and is timed during the migration with an emphasis on photographing the migration crossing the Mara River. Capturing high quality images requires patience, which means we may have to stay with a subject some times for an hour or more.

During this safari we will see a vast variety of exotic wildlife, however some special subjects may require  spending some time watching their behavior and waiting for those special moments. But, this is when patience pays off and  rewards you with extraordinary photographs.  We will spend most of our time and effort in the field unless it is quiet and the light is just too harsh and we return our camp/lodge for the mid day break.  This also  means there will be many mornings and some lunches that will be box meals in the field rather than at the lodge.

This is a safari for serious photographers of all levels. This safari is about shooting and shooting and shooting. I am very passionate about Africa and photography and love to share my knowledge  and experiences. I am available to you for any questions while on safari on topics such as composition, camera settings, pan blurs, or any photography related questions including marketing, branding, and creating a niche.  When we have an afternoon break I will be happy to review your images or portfolios. If we have time I also like to share some of my artistic post processing that I do using Lightroom. This is largely why I like to keep my group sizes small, so that I can assist you when you need help and spend quality time with you in an amazing location.

PHOTOGRAPHIC VEHICLES

Our new photographic vehicle has open sides and also maximise the space and flexibility that a photographer needs. Each participant has a whole row of seats, as well as provisions for beanbags and clamps on the open sides and on the roof.

IN CAMP WORKSHOPS

We are also offering optional daily workshops in camp when we are not on drives, which will cover such topics as basic camera usage to wildlife photography techniques, focussing for wildlife, photographic composition, to flash and macro photography.

Lightroom and Photoshop Tuition

Included in the trip cost is tuition for image processing in either Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. We demonstrate post-processing techniques as they apply to wildlife photography. Both colour and black-and-white treatments will be covered.

COST

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is 6500 USD per person.

Bookings are secured with a 500 USD deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in USD.

A single, optional supplement is available at 1100 extra USD. Single supplements are optional for single travellers who want their own room and tent. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another single traveller of the same gender.

In case you want to save time and effort, you will also have the option of flying straight to Masai Mara. This flight can be booked by us and will cost you approximately 200 USD depending on the season.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • First class accommodations
  • Guaranteed row and window seat in a private 4X4 Land cruiser
  • All National Parks and Game Reserves entrance fees
  • All meals and non alcoholic beverages

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal purchases (including personal shopping, alcoholic beverages (except when stated on the itinerary, laundry , telephone calls, etc.
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities at lodges/camps/hotels  (balloon rides, walking safaris, etc)
  • Meals or accommodation before or after the safari (except as noted in the detailed itinerary)
  • International flights to and from Kenya
  • Domestic flights to and from Nairobi

INTERESTED IN JOINING US FOR THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF YOUR LIFETIME?

To reserve your spot on this safari please email me at bjornpersson9@gmail.com

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Björn Persson is a wildlife/conservation photographer living in Tyresö, Sweden. For several years he has traveled around Africa in search of adventure and spectacular images. His love for this continent beautiful animals and people is reflected in his pictures.

Several of them have won international awards and have been published in various magazines.

Besides photography Björn Persson also has great commitment to the endangered species situation. His passion and care for Africa’s wildlife has always been strong, but started for real when he trained in wildlife management and worked with anti-poaching in South Africa.

ABOUT THE GUIDE

Antony Kagunda is a Kenyan citizen with a long experience in guiding and driving in the Masai Mara. He has a college degree in travel and tourism, and has worked more than 8 years as a professional guide. His knowledge about the wild is uncomparable and he always goesthe extra mile to enable his clients to get the best possible photos.

Antony is married with two kids and lives in Nairobi. His big heart and, experience and service minded nature is a big and important factor to any succesful safari.