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Photographic Safari

Photographic Safari

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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • Departures
    Selected Mondays from 1 Jan '70 to 1 Jan '70
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 7 nights tented camp
  • Travel is by internal flights; open-topped and open-sided 4-wheel-drive vehicles in the Mara
  • Photographic coaching from Paul Goldstein

Kenya:

Photographic Safari

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Special Photographic Safari guided by Paul GoldsteinComfortable safari at intimate tented camp with walk in tents and en suite facilitiesProlific wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo, and giraffeGame drives geared towards ensuring good quality and frequent photographic opportunities

For many who have not travelled to Africa, their impressions are often of acacia dotted plains, hundreds of different bird species and herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra pursued relentlessly by their predators. This safari embodies all of those fantastic images and does it in superb style, a classic safari in a classic destination. When you only have a relatively short time in Kenya it is essential to maximize it in the conservancies and not waste time travelling all over the country. Headwater' awarding winning resident photographer Paul Goldstein has his own brand of safari. His mantra is simple, do the time at the coal face and the rewards will follow, so be prepared for early starts, long days and plenty of advice and enthusiasm. Any wilderness fan or photographer will be particularly attracted by this safari.



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If you have any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Typical holiday itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Start Nairobi; morning flight to Masai Mara.

After clearing customs and immigration at the airport, a shuttle bus will transfer to Wilson Airport on the Western side of the city. Land only passengers will join us here. This is normally during rush hour so expect some traffic. Wilson is a nice airport and there should be time for some refreshments before boarding the 45 minute flight to the Mara. Here we will be picked up by custom built four- wheel drives and transferred to the camp. After being shown to our spacious walk-in, luxurious tents, we take an afternoon game drive with sundowners. This is the first of many game drives in this prolific area.

Accommodation: Kicheche Tented Camp

Luxury Tented Camp

Day 2: Sharpen your photography skills on the vast plains of the Masai Mara.

Game drives start right from the camp, as it is not uncommon to have wildlife wandering through at some stages of the day. Drives are very much a moveable feast. Some days, the drives will be long, (13 hours or so although not driving all the time) whilst others are much shorter, depending on the movement of the game and tips from the bush telegraph. Paul and his team will try to make good calls when it comes to viewing but they cannot always get it right. They will however be trying their hardest to ensure that photographic opportunities are frequent, but will not be dashing around ticking off species like other mainstream safari companies. Early, very early, starts are the order of the day, though we normally find some shade for lunch in a beautiful spot and to relax a bit. Unless, that is, we come across a migration crossing or hunting cheetah! These drives are not endurance tests but a full day out on the plains can be quite tiring. They also will involve patience, as a hungry cheetah will often wait many hours before making her move.

Meal times are a delight under the stars in the evening or in the mess tent in bad weather. During time off you can relax in your tents however, it is the game and scenery that make this area so incredible: huge prides of predators feasting on an abundance of plains game. The camp often has a pride of lion's close-by and their call accompanied by the cackle of the hyena is an occasional nigh time companion. The property is very relaxing for those hours in the middle of the day (when you are there) and the haute cuisine and hot showers are a big bonus, but these luxurious trappings sometimes belie the fact that the camp is right in the heart of the most prolific savannah on earth and this should be respected.

Accommodation: Kicheche Tented Camp

Luxury Tented Camp

Day 3: Morning game drive; afternoon flight to Nairobi; depart Nairobi.

Final game drive followed by brunch then late afternoon flight back to Nairobi.  There will be time for some shopping and there will be dinner in a very nice Nairobi restaurant before heading to the airport.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Luxury Tented Camp

You will either spend 6 nights in Kicheche Bush Camp, 7 nights in Kicheche Bush Camp, 8 nights in Kicheche Bush Camp, or 5 nights in Kicheche Bush Camp and 2 nights in Kicheche Mara Camp (depending on your departure date), all luxury tented camps.

Kicheche has en suite tents with solar electricity, running water, hot showers with superb meals taken al fresco. There is also a dining tent in case of rain and laundry facilities.

Single supplement available.


Meals

At Kicheche the food is superb, very tasty and with plenty of choice. Breakfasts will be taken out in the bush and so will lunch on full day drives in the Mara. Kicheche has an excellent reputation for its cuisine.

Typical meals

In the Mara hot drinks are brought to the tents each morning.

Freshly baked biscuits and a breakfast consisting of fruit, cakes, bacon, sausage, egg, juice and coffee/tea is taken out on the plains.

On return there is a large but healthy brunch (if not doing a full day's drive).

Tea and cakes are taken mid afternoon before the game drive.

A three-course dinner is taken (weather permitting) by candlelight under the African sky.

Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Headwater has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Transportation

We use light aircraft to fly to the Mara (with a 15kg weight restriction) and 4WD vehicles in the Reserve, specifically designed for photographers. All vehicles will have beanbags; monopods and tripods are NOT required.

Travelling conditions

We fly to the Mara; it makes the safari quite expensive but saves hours and hours of driving. Please note that the roads in the Mara are quite poor, especially after rain. It is not unusual on safari for you to have to push your way out of trouble on the odd occasion.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 10 daysThe group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary. Flights from London We normally use the scheduled services of Kenya Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in NairobiClients who have booked their own flights and are not on the group flights, will have to meet the group on day 1 (day 2 ex London itinerary) at Wilson airport to join the internal flight to the Mara.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. As this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available from our customers, but here are the comments that have been received from previous Exodus travellers.

My first Safari, and every day a new magical experience… photographing wildlife. It really was exciting and a privilege to be in close proximity with so many different animals in this wild beautiful conservancy (and with few other tourists around).

This was an excellent trip, full of amazing wildlife and beautiful scenery. The accommodation, food and facilities were also top notch, as were all the staff. I cannot fault this trip.

My latest trip to the Masai Mara was as good as all the others. Each trip and each day of every trip are different. New and different animals and birds to photograph and new situations and interactions.There is so much variety that you never know what is around the next corner.

outstanding in every way. kicheche camp just superb - accommodation, service, friendliness and food all as good as it can get. hard work though getting up at 5.15 every day and being out till 6.30 in the evening. no issue though - that's what we signed up for. our drivers / guides were absolutely top notch and really great to be with.

Absolutely brilliant safari. Paul Goldstein and the local guides went out of their way to ensure we had the best experience. The camp itself was superb and the food was the best we've had on any trip. The camp managers, Darren & Emma, were very friendly and welcoming and added to the overall experience. We would happily go back tomorrow.

Another amazing week in the Masai Mara. Don't be afraid to go during the 'rainy season'. We had so many top quality sightings of leopards with cubs, lions with cubs, a cheetah kill and a new born elephant. Of course this cannot be guaranteed but we had very good fortune as well as maxing the time out searching for photographic opportunities. The guides were excellent and worked hard to get us into the best position for photos, whilst respecting the animals and ensuring they weren't disturbed by our presence. Lovely food and comfy tents - hot water bottles in our beds and in the jeeps were well-received.

Another amazing week in the Masai Mara. Don't be afraid to go during the 'rainy season'. We had so many top quality sightings of leopards with cubs, lions with cubs, a cheetah kill and a new born elephant. Of course this cannot be guaranteed but we had very good fortune as well as maxing the time out searching for photographic opportunities. The guides were excellent and worked hard to get us into the best position for photos, whilst respecting the animals and ensuring they weren't disturbed by our presence. Lovely food and comfy tents - hot water bottles in our beds and in the jeeps were well-received.

I had done the same trip once before when I barely knew how to use my camera. Six years on I felt I could fare much better and I wanted to put myself to the test. This wildlife safari gave me every opportunity I needed to exercise my skills. Fantastic wildlife viewing under the tutelage of an internationally renown expert in a wonderful environment.

A fantastic, immersive safari experience that gets you close to the wildlife for some great photographic opportunities, with a five-star luxury camp to enjoy when not out on the Mara plains filling your memory cards. This is not a relaxing holiday, but it is the best way to get close to the incredible wildlife and to take your photography skills to the next level. It’s also lots of fun!

Be prepared to hit the ground running and to keep going - Everything you may have read about his trips is true. Paul and the fantastic Kicheche guides work really hard to get you in the right place at the right time - leaving camp in the dark to be in the Mara when the sun comes up backlighting a cheetah and her four cubs, or watching the most amazing river crossings that even the National Geographic would be envious of. Even if, like me, you are a complete novice you will get lots of helpful advice. Just when you think you will practice photographing a bee eater in flight (thinking Paul is far enough away not to notice) the radio will crackle from three vehicles away and you will be told your shutter speed is too slow! But at the end of the day you will learn a lot and come home with some photographs you will be proud of and want to go again. This was my first trip with Paul and I have already booked another one - although I will have to try and master slow panning before then!

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 6 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners

All accommodation

All transport and listed activities

Tour leader throughout

Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

Please call for prices

We do not currently have departure dates and prices available on-line. The season may have ended for this tour, or we are still in the process of adding these details to our website. Please contact us for further details.

Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

7 nights tented camp

Travel is by internal flights; open-topped and open-sided 4-wheel-drive vehicles in the Mara

Photographic coaching from Paul Goldstein

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Headwater has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Transportation

We use light aircraft to fly to the Mara (with a 15kg weight restriction) and 4WD vehicles in the Reserve, specifically designed for photographers. All vehicles will have beanbags; monopods and tripods are NOT required.

Travelling conditions

We fly to the Mara; it makes the safari quite expensive but saves hours and hours of driving. Please note that the roads in the Mara are quite poor, especially after rain. It is not unusual on safari for you to have to push your way out of trouble on the odd occasion.

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 10 daysThe group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary. Flights from London We normally use the scheduled services of Kenya Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in NairobiClients who have booked their own flights and are not on the group flights, will have to meet the group on day 1 (day 2 ex London itinerary) at Wilson airport to join the internal flight to the Mara.



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