Wildlife Group Tour

Kenya Group Tour - Wildlife Photography in the Mara and Laikipia

Accompanied by expert photographer, Harry Skeggs

10 days

from £4,995pp
  • Begin in the Masai Mara, home to fantastic game viewing and beautiful landscapes
  • Have total flexibility, with use of a private vehicle in both the Mara and Laikipia
  • Explore Laikipia by vehicle and on foot, from the beautiful Ekorian's Mugie Camp
  • Benefit from the advice and expertise of award-winning photographer Harry Skeggs

Spend 10 days exploring two of Kenya's greatest wildlife areas, rich with photographic opportunities. Stay in carefully selected camps, travelling in a small group, accompanied by professional photographer Harry Skeggs from start to finish.

Masai Mara

Based at the tented Offbeat Mara Camp, explore the Mara North Conservancy, as well as the Masai Mara National Reserve. With the freedom afforded by having a private vehicle and guide, spend as much time out and photographing as possible. Get up early to make the most of the beautiful dawn light, either returning to the camp during the heat of the day or spending all day out searching for wildlife.

The Mara North Conservancy, with its limited number of camps, offers far greater isolation, as well as flexibility, with off-road driving allowed. The wildlife found here is exceptional, with no fences between the conservancy and the reserve. Look out for elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and countless antelopes.

Laikipia

Fly north from the Masai Mara to the Laikipia region, renowned for its high plateaux and excellent wildlife reserves. Stay at Ekorian's Mugie Camp, a beautiful camp with comfortable thatch-roofed tents which sits within its own conservancy. Here, again set out in a private vehicle, accompanied by Harry Skeggs and one of Mugie's guides.

Whilst the more varied and drier landscape of the Mugie Conservancy is not as rich with wildlife as the Mara, it is home to some more unusual species. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephants can still be spotted, but expect to also see rare Grevy's zebras, beisa oryx, Jackson's hartebeests and gerenuks.

Here, there is also greater flexibility, with the option to explore on foot or try kayaking on the nearby lake, which attracts plenty of thirsty elephants.

Harry Skeggs

Harry Skeggs is a multiple award-winning wildlife and travel photographer. His work has been exhibited around the world and regularly features in the pages of large publications such as National Geographic.

Harry will be on hand throughout the trip and will work with you to take your artistic and technical skills to the next level. He will be available for personal image reviews, where he will spend time with you to discuss the photos taken on the trip and provide his insight into how these can be further improved. Throughout the trip, Harry will be on hand to give ad-hoc shooting tips and to answer all questions you may have.

 In addition to the one-on-one advice, sessions will be set up to make sure a wide range of topics are covered, including scenario-specific advice. These sessions are optional but will ensure that you get a diverse range of shots from the trip.

The exact scenarios are dependent on weather and other factors but may include the below. Harry will also be happy to include any subject requests, either as a one-on-one session or as a group session:

  • Star photography
  • Macro photography
  • Sunset/sunrise photography
  • Slow shutter/pan photography 
  • Post processing 
  • Shooting in manual

Why We Like It

Wildlife encounters abound throughout both conservancies, but the exclusive nature of this trip means that photographers can make the most of them. Private vehicles afford a flexibility that can be invaluable, whilst the protected nature of the conservancies makes for incredible, uninterrupted encounters. This, combined with Harry’s guidance throughout, means that this trip is rich with photographic opportunities, both for amateur and experienced photographers.

 



Departing on:
  • 16th February 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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16th Feb 2019 25th Feb 2019 £ 4,995 £ 650 £ 460 Harry Skeggs Available
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what is included

  • Accommodation at Offbeat Mara and Ekorian's Mugie on a full board basis
  • Activities
  • Breakfast at Eka Hotel
  • Domestic flights
  • Guidance of Harry Skeggs throughout
  • Private vehicle and guide
  • Transfers

what is excluded

  • International flights
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Suggested Group Flights
The suggested group flight for this tour is:

Qatar Airways QR2, scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 20:30 on 15th February, arriving into Doha Airport at 06:15 on the following day. This connects with QR1335, which departs at 08:30 and arrives into Nairobi at 14:10.

For those making their own way to Nairobi and not taking the suggested group flight, the starting point for the group is the Eka Hotel. Please speak to one of our team should you need help organising an arrival transfer.

Used mainly as a quick stopover, Nairobi is an interesting city with some good places to visit. Central Nairobi is like many other African cities with traffic jams, noise and a hint of chaos. The suburbs, however, are quite different, with excellent markets, restaurants and great places of interest to visit, such as The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the wonderful Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.


No meals included.


You will be staying at Eka Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Travel from Nairobi to Masai Mara (Air Transfer Journey)


The Masai Mara is an iconic safari destination. Famous for countless wildlife documentaries, the wildlife viewing here remains the best in Africa. Over the course of a few days, it is possible to see almost every animal indigenous to the region, with notable highlights being the well-established prides of big cats and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest, one of the world's most spectacular wildlife events.

There is always something to see and every month can offer spectacular wildlife drama - the open plains and endless skies are a photographer's dream.

Adjoining the Serengeti in Tanzania and forming the northern end of the great migration ecosystem, this is the traditional land of the Maasai people. A visit also offers a chance to encounter this nomadic tribe, who offer a fascinating cultural dimension to the area. Everybody has an opinion on the Mara, but it remains the best place in Africa for consistently superb big game viewing and should not be missed.


You will be staying at Offbeat Mara Camp, all inclusive

Day 3

Days of Photography in the Masai Mara
Spend several days exploring the Mara North Conservancy from Offbeat Mara Camp. This conservancy shares an unfenced border with the national reserve, meaning wildlife moves freely between the two areas. However, it is only accessible to those staying in Mara North, guaranteeing a level of exclusivity and far fewer crowds than the national reserve.

The area is packed with wildlife, including predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. There is also fantastic diversity, with elephants, giraffes, a wide range of antelope species and numerous bird species.

With a private vehicle and guide assigned to the group, explore with freedom throughout the conservancy. Set off on morning and late afternoon game drives, accompanied by Harry, with the option to venture out on full-day drives, including a day in the national reserve.

This freedom and flexibility mean that you can make the most of the beautiful dawn and dusk light. During the heat of the day and after dark, spend time back in camp, relaxing, reflecting on the day's photography and honing different skills and techniques with Harry's help.

A number of other activities are also available from the camp, including visits to a local market and to the renowned Koiyaki Guiding School.


You will be staying at Offbeat Mara Camp, all inclusive

Day 4

Harry Skeggs
Harry will be on hand throughout the trip and will work with you to take your artistic and technical skills to the next level. He will be available for personal image reviews, where he will spend time with you to discuss the photos taken on the trip and provide his insight into how these can be further improved. Throughout the trip, Harry will be on hand to give ad-hoc shooting tips and to answer all questions you may have.

In addition to the one-on-one advice, sessions will be set up to make sure a wide range of topics are covered. These will include scenario-specific advice to ensure a wide range of new skills are acquired. These sessions are optional but will ensure that you get a diverse range of shots from the trip.

The exact scenarios are dependent on weather and other factors but may include star photography, macro photography, sunset/sunrise photography, slow shutter/pan photography, post-processing and shooting in manual. Harry will also be happy to include any subject requests, either as a one-on-one session or as a group session.


You will be staying at Offbeat Mara Camp, all inclusive

Day 5

A further day of photography and game drives in the Masai Mara.


You will be staying at Offbeat Mara Camp, all inclusive

Day 6

Travel from Masai Mara to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)

Travel from Nairobi to Laikipia (Air Transfer Journey)


Stretching from the rim of the Great Rift Valley to Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau offers a truly great safari experience, allowing you to get away from the crowds and into a remote and untouched slice of Africa.

From fertile savannah to the wild shores of Lake Turkana, the area has a wide range of landscapes, including high plains and low forested valleys. Home to more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa, this is the place to see African wild dogs - set against a rugged and dramatic wilderness.


You will be staying at Ekorian's Mugie Camp, all inclusive

Day 7

Days of Photography in Laikpia
Spend several days exploring the Mugie Conservancy from the intimate Ekorian's Mugie Camp. After the predator-packed plains of the Masai Mara, the landscape of Laikipia forms quite a contrast. Here, the temperate plateau is covered with acacia bush, interspersed with grasslands and rolling hills.

Again, explore the conservancy with a private vehicle and guide, accompanied by Harry and with total freedom to photograph wildlife. As the landscape differs from the Masai Mara, so do the animals. Big cats and elephants are still spotted, with the latter particularly fond of the conservancy's dammed lake, but it is the more unusual species that stand out here.

Look out for rare Grevy's zebras, which exist alongside Burchells' zebras, as well as Beisa oryx, Jackson's hartebeests and gerenuks. It is also possible to see wild dogs, striped hyenas, servals, genets, bat-eared foxes and aardwolves.

After lots of time in a vehicle, there is also the chance to get out on foot or by kayak here. Bush walks are a far more immersive way to explore, whilst you can either kayak across the lake for a picnic on the central island or spend some time exploring, looking out for elephants that come to the shores to drink.

Additionally, you can visit the anti-poaching bloodhounds for a demonstration of their abilities - a highly recommended experience.


You will be staying at Ekorian's Mugie Camp, all inclusive

Day 8

A further day of photography and game drives.


You will be staying at Ekorian's Mugie Camp, all inclusive

Day 9

Your final day on safari with a last chance to capture some photos.


You will be staying at Ekorian's Mugie Camp, all inclusive

Day 10

Travel from Laikipia to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)


Suggested Group Flights
The suggested group flight for this tour is:

Qatar Airways QR1336, scheduled to depart Nairobi at 17:10 on 25th February, arriving into Doha Airport at 22:55. This connects with QR9, which departs Doha at 01:55 and arrives into London Heathrow at 06:20.

A departure transfer will be provided to connect with this flight. For those not taking the suggested group flight, please speak to one of our team should you need help organising a departure transfer. As you will not arrive back in Nairobi until early afternoon, it is important that you book either a late afternoon or evening flight.


Only breakfast included.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat Mara has only seven simple, but comfortable safari tents in the excellent Mara North Conservancy....

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Ekorian's Mugie Camp

Ekorian's Mugie Camp

This secluded camp sits in remote western Laikipia, hidden within the Mugie Conservancy....

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For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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Tour Lecturer

Harry Skeggs

Harry Skeggs
Harry Skeggs is a multiple award-winning wildlife and travel photographer. His work has been exhibited around the world and regularly features in the pages of large publications such as National Geographic.

Harry’s love for nature has taken him to over 60 countries, from the high Arctic to the Papuan jungles, to document and garner awareness for some of the world’s most endangered animals. A graduate of art history at Cambridge University, Harry is a particular expert in the compositional and artistic elements of photography, with an emphasis on helping each photographer identify their own unique style and taking their work to the next level.

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Group Size:

Min 4 / Max 6

Tour Expert:

Harry Skeggs

Departure Date (S):

  • 16th February 2019

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