The Great Migration – Photo Safari 2013

The Great Migration, African Photography Safari Workshop – 2013

Last two spaces available!

DATES

Depart 7th Sept 2013

Return 13th Sept 2013

(1 night in Nairobi and 5 nights in camp)

Our Migration photo safaris are hot off the press and Richard will be hosting this amazing experience out in Africa’s famous Masai Mara. The Great Migration is an annual wildlife spectacular not to be missed! Each year 1.5 million Wildebeest and 300,000 Zebra alongside a supporting cast of Antelope make their long trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains north to Kenya’s famous Masai Mara National Reserve in the constant cycle following rains and food!

This trip will be focusing on this spectacular event which has to be seen (heard and smelt!) to believe. Richard, alongside the guides are well experienced in working in and amongst this fantastic spectacle and work very hard (and smart!) to ensure prime viewing and photographic opportunities for the Mara section of the migration. The highlight of course is the unbelievable river crossings taking place on the Mara river. Experience and determination are two very important factors that mean we get results at the crossings; putting in the extra time and effort needed to get some stunning shots rather than simply getting snaps from far away. Of course this is all done to Richard and the guide’s strict ethical codes which always put the wildlife first at all times.

Whilst the migration will be our main focus, of course it is a prime opportunity for Africa’s predators to indulge themselves and come out in force. Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Crocodile will also be on our list and we will most certainly not be overlooking their contribution to the proceedings. The sheer numbers of prey bring out every kind of behavior in the cats and often some spectacular action is seen. You will be ready to make the most of any of these encounters, with Richard guiding you and your cameras as well as instructing the guides and vehicles to get the most out of any situation they and their amazing tracking skills find.

Many photographers run tours to the Mara but Richard’s images speak for themselves as to his experience and skill working in Africa alongside the award standard guides who were initially hand picked years ago and as much a part of the trip as the wildlife.

Always putting his hard earned photographic and animal experience to work for you, alongside the amazing tracking skill of the guides, you will be in the right place at the right time to take advantage of all the encounters. Richard will be on hand to improve your technical and field craft skills whilst out in the plains, taking your photography to the next level all whilst having a blast. Whether you are a well seasoned snapper or total beginner you will be able to learn and grow, returning with images to be proud of as well as skills that you will carry with you on your next photographic endeavors.

His realistic, no nonsense approach to teaching  and photography means anyone with any level of gear will enjoy this trip, spending thousands of pounds on gear a photographer does not make (although if you have it, bring it along!!). Field-craft, patience and technique are what you will learn putting what you do have to best use.

Richard will be using his experience, directing the vehicles exactly as he does when working alone, the same way that has enabled him to take the images he does the world over. Once back in camp, informal sessions on digital workflow, raw processing and anything else will be made; preferably with a cold drink in hand! We run focused trips, working hard to get the shots but all the while, never loosing the important sense of fun; that’s why Richard does what he does, a love of animals and enjoyment. The trips are limited to 8 people with a maximum of 4 guests per vehicle (vehicle’s normally carry 6 or more guests, so you all have room for your gear!!). This is hugely important and often glossed over on some other tours. You really do need room to move around in the vehicles to make the most of the opportunities that we work hard to get to and these vehicles really do allow for this when not full to capacity.

This tour is heading out in early September, an ideal and most likely time to see the Migration in full swing. This is of course nature at work and you need to be aware the migration varies slightly from year to year. However the Mara never fails to deliver and no one works harder to ensure you come back with great images and fantastic memories.

CAMP

Kicheche Bush Camp

Our camp for this  trip is Kicheche Bush camp. An amazing tented camp located right in a private reserve. Very comfortable with amazing staff, food and all the comforts you need, it is perfectly safe and a real African experience. The tents are of the fully sealed, semi-permanent variety with toilets and hot showers available in there after each afternoon drive as well as large comfortable beds. Evening meals around the campfire are great and can all be washed down with cold beer, wine or juice. It is perfectly situated just outside of the main Mara park to allow us an easy path to the crossing points as well as the plains the bulk of the migration take part in. The private reserve is fantastic for the cats, especially Lion and most of Richard’s big cat photography is within private reserves such as these, where he prefers to work.

COST

£3385.00 per person* (including flights). Unlike a lot of other tours, as we include international flights (from the UK) into our trips we end up with a great rate. Please get in touch for alternate costing/options for travelers coming from outside the UK.

A single supplement of £470.00 for those not wishing to share. Note for those sharing, we pair males with males and females with females, each person having their own bed and the tents have a private bathroom section. Traveling couples are of course kept together.

* Airline prices are  fluctuate daily so this cost is based on the current rate. If you are interested in joining us it is likely to be cheaper to let us know earlier rather than later!

INCLUDED

  • Return British Airways flights (economy)
  • All ground and air transfers in Kenya
  • 1 Night’s stay at the Fairview hotel in Nairobi
  • Freight seat increasing luggage allowance to 22.5 kg per person
  • Full board and local drinks
  • All game viewing activities with sole use/control of vehicle (max 4 per vehicle!)
  • TWO additional sets of Mara fees allowing for additional river crossing viewings!

All bookings are made through our partnership with the fantastic Safari Consultants. A UK based tour operator offering full ATOL bonding for the trip as well as a wealth of experience and knowledge of African tourism. Richard uses and relies on them for all his African travel and they are great!

2012 Safari Photo Workshop group

Out fantastic first group from last year

 

We also run dedicated Big Cat Safaris in the Mara, click  here for details

Please get in touch for more details or to book your place

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