Maasai Mara Great Migration Photography

Workshop & Safari August 2017

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"The Mara" minus the crowds ...

Exclusive 10 day Photo Safari and Predator Workshop

1 photographer per row of seating

50 lbs of Camera gear & 33 lbs of personal luggage per person

“Closer to nature, closer to the romance and adventure of the traditional African Safari, closer to indigenous culture.”
Sentinel Camp 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.

So join us on this spectacular 10 day, action-packed photo workshop with instruction by Gavin Slabbert on the Mara River, in the heart of Maasai Mara, where you will experience the Wildebeest (Gnu) and Zebra Migration as well as an abundance of predators and other game. (see Disclaimer)

This exclusive photography workshop and wildlife safari is all about the Wildebeest and Zebra migration, and photography. Additionally the safari will offer some of the best lion, leopard & cheetah photography in the world, as well as opportunities to photograph Africa’s “Big Five” which are elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros.

This amazing wildlife safari is geared specifically toward the serious photographer and game viewer and we have booked three private game vehicles each with 3 rows of seating and each photographer / non-Photographer has an entire row to themselves.

 

Safari Dates:

August 4 - 13, 2017

 

Maasai Mara:

A million animals on the move, Africa's big predators in abundance, red-robed Maasai warriors and Out of Africa scenery - if you're looking for that quintessential East African safari experience, then a Masai Mara safari delivers exactly want you think it should.

 

Location:

Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains in Kenya, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometers of unspoiled wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of color and life. Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Millions of wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying at Governors Private Camp puts you right in the heart of the action, closer than anyone else to its incredible sights and sounds.

 

Accommodation:

One of the jewels of the Maasai Mara is the Tented camp that we have reserved, and for those who want a taste of the Maasai Mara, want to experience the feel of the bush yet are not prepared to give up some of the home comforts, this is the place to be. The Private camp can only be booked by one group at a time, so it is ours to enjoy, and as the name suggests, in Private.  It is located on a bend of the Mara river where the animals come to drink, where the hippo laze in the shallows and where the elephant bring their young for a dip.

Large comfortable tents are designed to offer guests the traditional safari experience of times gone by. The tents are luxurious with handmade furniture, each has its own private bathroom with flush toilets and hot showers whenever you wish. Further each suite has been positioned on wooden platforms with extended verandahs.

 

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation in amazing luxury tents overlooking the Mara River
  • Accommodation in the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi the night prior to the start of the safari.
  • 3 private safari vehicles and all private safari activities.
  • One row per photographer / non photographer on the game drive vehicles.
  • Private round-trip charter flights from Nairobi to Maasai Mara.
  • Round trip road transfers between Nairobi Airport and Wilson Airport (where the charter flies out of)
  • Round trip road transfers from Maasai Mara airstrip to the camp.
  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks, plus beer and selected house wines
  • Masai Mara National Game Reserve, Mara Triangle & Mara North Conservancy Fees
  • Tourism Levies, and game reserve fees.
  • Enrollment in the Flying Doctor program.


 

Safari Highlights:

  • Private air charters between Nairobi and Maasai Mara.
  • 9 morning & 9 afternoon safaris
  • 1 photographer / non-photographer per row of seating
  • Knowledgeable and passionate safari guides in open Land Rovers will assist us in locating the wildlife we seek.
  • This safari offers spectacular game viewing and photographic opportunities in one of the finest luxury safari settings in Africa.
  • Private accommodation on a per person sharing basis
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by an executive chef

About the Photography Workshop Safari:

This workshop is formal and and informal, and Gavin will be shooting alongside you at all times. Gavin will provide discussion and assistance on specialized topics such as long lens technique, action shooting, wildlife observation, panning and African animal behavior. Advanced techniques will be discussed, demonstrated and utilized throughout. This workshop is about shooting … tons of shooting! We will all work together, each sharing our individual knowledge and experience. Due to the unique location of this workshop and the luxury accommodations, this workshop adventure is open to spouses as well as photographers. Non-photographer companions will find the locales visited and the wildlife viewing opportunities stunning.

 

Number of Photographers / non-Photographers:

We are limiting this safari to 10 photographers and their spouse / companions, and each person will be allocated their own row of seats whether they are a photographer or not.

 

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1 – On arrival at Maasai Mara airstrip, we will be greeted by lodge personnel and transferred to camp. With 10 days of game viewing, we will have ample opportunity to focus on the resident predators as well as the migration of the wildebeest and Zebra at Maasai Mara, especially its host of lion and leopard and cheetah. Expect daily sightings of predators, general game and birds of prey, – plus due to the length of our stay, we get to fully explore the area and choose each days plan. Day 10 - After the morning game drive, guests will return to the airstrip, catch the charter back to Nairobi, where the safari comes to an end.

 

Food:

The food is delicious, the desserts have been called "sinful", and the drinks all free, except for champagne. Meals are served on fine china and crystal. You can even tailor your own menus with our Executive Chef. Complimenting this is friendly and attentive service. * Please make us aware of any food allergies and or special dietary requirements.

 

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare and transportation between your departure point and Nairobi International airport.
  • All gratuities.
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)

 

Photography Vehicles:

We have reserved 3 game drive vehicles each with 3 rows of seats, and each person regardless whether they are a photographer or not is allocated a row of seats in the game drive vehicle.

 


 

Price:

Workshop price is $7995.00 per person sharing, and payment balance is required no later than 150 days prior to the safari.

$7,995.00 Add to cartMORE INFO


 

Deposit:

Deposit of $2500.00 is required at time of booking to reserve your spot on safari.

$2,500.00 Add to cartMORE INFO



 

Current Availability:

2 Couples and 1 single as of May 16, 2016

 

So ... what's next:

Our groups are kept to a maximum of 10 persons, thus space is very limited. If this spectacular photo safari piques your interest, then register now.
Remember, there is limited space for this safari and when it's filled - that's it!
If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact us, or to discuss this in person, call Gavin at 916 759-0776

 

Refund and Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your reservation, Images in Africa Safaris will assess a cancellation charge to cover loss of nonrefundable advance payments we have made on your behalf to ground operators and government agencies, communication expenses, and the loss of time that may permit resale of your space.  Exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, terrorism, civil unrest, or personal emergencies.  There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early.  No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, or sightseeing trips for any reason whatsoever.  Percentage charges are calculated on total trip cost.  The following cancellation charges will apply:

All deposits are fully refundable up to 90 days from the date of the reservation, unless the reservation is made within 6 months of the safari commencement date.  If the reservation is made less than 6 months of the safari commencement date, then the following refund policy will apply:  After 90 days from the date of the reservation, 50% of the deposit is refundable up to 6 months prior to the safari commencement date.  Within 6 months of the safari commencement date, and up to 90 days prior the safari commencement date, 100% of the deposit is forfeited but all other funds are refundable.  There are no refunds for no shows or cancellations made within 90 days of the safari commencement date.

We recommend obtaining trip cancellation/ interruption and baggage loss insurance which is available from various providers. This coverage may offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during the trip and/or if you need to cancel for work reasons depending on the coverage provided by the plan.

 

Disclaimer:

  • We cannot guarantee that you will view and experience every species as wildlife behavior patterns are unpredictable, however the dates selected and the region selected will provide the best opportunity for the ultimate wildlife experience.

For additional information you may want to read through the FAQ page

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