Africa Big Cat Photo Safari: 2017
I will be co-leading Big Cat Safaris in the Masai Mara in Kenya, Africa in 2017 with professional wildlife photographer David Lloyd.
The Masai Mara is regarded as one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa and is renowned for its big cats, with lion, leopard and cheetah all in abundance. Our central location promises almost daily occurrences of big cat activity; there is every chance we will see lions stalking and cheetahs chasing down their prey. The Masai Mara has been featured in the BBC’s highly acclaimed documentary series The Huntand Big Cat Diary, and we are likely to see many of the big cats that become stars of those series.
In 2017 we are hosting several 8-day African Big Cat Photographic Safaris. These will mark our 11th year photographing the Maasai Mara and the 50th trip there since 2007.
The Maasai Mara is like no other place in Africa; the density of wildlife in the Maasai Mara is a photographer’s dream. The safaris will concentrate on zebra, giraffe, antelope, hippo, elephant, and of course the Maasai Mara’s famous big cats. We may even see serval, caracal, or a black rhino. All in all, these safaris produce life-long memories and the images often framed by the Mara’s famous sunrises, sunsets, and dramatic vistas.
Is This Safari For You?
All Photographers Are Welcome
Photographers of all levels are welcome. Our tour leaders are professional photographers with great experience in the field as well as in guiding and photographic instruction. Each tour offers a small client-leader ratio that allows for personal attention and customized guidance on photography.
We pride ourselves on the highest level of creative wildlife photography. We’ll show you creative techniques to set your pictures apart from the rest. In addition to these we will also cover traditional techniques like portraiture, action, focusing and composition.
Daily Workshops and Image Reviews
After our morning drives we have optional interactive workshops on photographic technique and post-processing while we review our images. Our goal is for you to make the most out of your experience and to take home pictures you’ve long desired.
Exclusive to our safaris, our Maasai drivers are trained in the basics of composition and lighting, as they apply to wildlife photography, in order to best line up the vehicles for the most advantageous shots.
Our camp is located inside the reserve, close to the action with quick access to the main migration crossings on the river. We are located on the Mara River on one of the main crossing points where we can see wildebeest crossings from our camp itself, away from the tourist traffic found elsewhere.
Our new photographic vehicles have 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.
Included in the tour price is an exclusive 36-page book written by David entitled Photographing Wildlife in The Maasai Mara. Other documentation includes animal and bird lists, rules and ethics guidelines, and detailed maps of the area.
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.
iMac Workstation Access
We have iMac workstations pre-installed with Photoshop and Lightroom so you can edit your images or backup your files.
Because flights from Nairobi to the Mara have strict weight restrictions on luggage of only 15 kg/person, we provide transportation for the rest of your luggage to the camp by road.
We offer two optional excursions (costs are extra): a balloon ride at sunrise over the Maasai Mara with champagne breakfast, and a visit to a nearby Maasai village.
Our aim is for you to leave a better wildlife photographer than when you first arrived. The photography of our guests come before our own, and while we also take pictures, we will always ensure our guests have the right of way.
As in any natural environment, the wildlife comes first, we come second. We abide by guidelines which ensure that the welfare of the wildlife is not compromised or impeded by our presence.
Day 1: We are picked up from Nairobi Airport on arrival by our driver and delivered to the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, where we will all meet and introduce ourselves.
Day 2: At 10:00 AM we transfer to Wilson Airport some 15 minutes away for a 45 minute a flight to our camp in the Maasai Mara. We arrive in time for a camp welcome and introduction, and then after lunch we embark on our first afternoon drive. At about 6:30 we return to camp to relax in front of the boma (campfire) before dinner at about 7:30-8:00.
Day 3: Our first full day in the Mara. We are woken with a pre-dawn tea, coffee and biscuits before we set out on our drive at 6:00 am to photograph in the best light of the day. After a break for a picnic breakfast, we continue until about midday, depending on animal activity. Then it’s back to camp for lunch, rest, editing or backing up your images, or attending a talk or workshop session. Then at 4:00 we head out for our afternoon drive as on the previous day.
Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 as Day 3.
Day 8: We have time for a 2-hour morning drive before returning to camp at 8:30 for breakfast then at 11:00 am we’ll catch our return flight to Nairobi. For the remainder of that afternoon and evening we can just relax at the Serena Hotel by the pool or at the bar before transfer to Nairobi Airport for our international flights home.
Entim Camp 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.
We have kept the camp eco-friendly and small, with only ten, tastefully but differently furnished, well-equipped tents. Our decor aims to enhance the surrounding environment.
All ten guest tents overlook the Mara River and are well-placed, en-suite with flush-toilets and hot showers. There is a cosy lounge area with a small library, separate bar and open fronted dining area allowing guests the experience of eating meals while watching the animals move to and from the river. The experience at Entim is not your average hotel or lodge experience, it’s about being right in the hub of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world and part of the Kenya safari experience.
The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $4200 per person. Bookings are secured with a $500 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in $US.
A single, optional supplement is available at $800 extra. 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.
- March 11 - March 18 – With David Lloyd and Amy Shutt
- March 18 - March 25 – With David Lloyd and Amy Shutt
- March 25 - April 2 - With David Lloyd, Amy Shutt, and Nadine Von Dur Ruhren
For those who wish to join two dates for one 15 day safari, we can at a cost less than two combined.
Payments for all safaris are made through Steppes Travel which means you have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator. Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected. Steppes Travel can also book your flights for full financial protection.
Please download our terms and conditions here.
- One night Serena Hotel stay with dinner in Nairobi
- Flights to and from the Masai Mara from Wilson airport
- All airport transfers and ground transportation of luggage
- Six nights accommodation and all meals at Entim Camp
- All park fees
- Exclusive vehicles and qualified driver guides
- Flying Doctor emergency medical service
- Local alcoholic beverages at camp
- Photographing Wildlife In The Maasai Mara book
- All lectures, presentations and tuition
What’s Not Included?
- International flights
- Kenya visa ($50)
- Alcoholic beverages at Serena, and non-local alcoholic beverages at camp
- Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides
How Do I Book?
Our tour groups are small (a maximum of 12 participants with 2 co-leaders) so space is limited.
To reserve your spot in this exciting tour please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
To book please email David Lloyd at email@example.com
If you need to know more, please don’t hesitate to email either David at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com