Project Description

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Masai Mara Photo Safari

  • From $8,950 pps

  • 8 Days

  • Kenya

  • All Year


This bespoke safari is perfectly suited to wildlife photographers wanting to explore this iconic Reserve outside of The Great Migration . During your time in The Mara you will have the use of a private game viewer which gives you the freedom to decide upon your own schedule and photographic priorities. Not only that but we have also arranged lots of extra luggage on the regional flights so you don’t have to worry about what camera gear to bring….bring it all!

Travelling to the Masai Mara outside of the Migration season (August and September) offers excellent wildlife photography and this safari can easily be combined with additional destinations in Kenya such as Amboseli and Samburu.

Watch the video below to see the vehicles we use.

When arriving in Nairobi its always better to spend the night at a hotel close to Wilson Airport where you will depart early the next morning for your flight to The Masai Mara. When you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The hotels we use and very clean and modern and a great place to relax after your flight into Kenya. If time allows we can even arrange a visit to Nairobi National Park which has a remarkable amount of wildlife for a park bordering one of East Africa’s most populous cities…including rhinos!

The next morning you will be transferred the short distance to Wilson Airport to meet take your flight to the Mara. These flights tend to have very strict weight controls on the luggage (normally 15kgs including the camera bag) and they weigh them all when yo are checking in. We have negotiated a rate with Air Kenya for you to take up to 45kgs in total including your camera gear and check in luggage….one less thing not to worry about!

The flight to The Masai Mara takes just over an hour and when you land at the Ol Kiombo Airstrip you will be met by your private vehicle and expert guide. Please note that this safari has been priced based on two people sharing the vehicle. If you are travelling with more people (and the vehicle can take up to 6 guests – we think 4 photographers is the max though) then this will bring the price per person down. Please watch the video above where Charl will walk you through the vehicle and speak to one of our expert safari planners for an exact quote based on the number of people you are traveling with.

The first port of call with be your home for the next 6 nights – Mara Bush Camp – which is a short drive from the airstrip. We love Mara Bush Camp for many reasons but the main one is its central location. We use Mara Bush Camp for all our migration safaris and it’s “top notch”. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the staff are excellent and food is wholesome and delicious! Its the perfect base to explore the Masai Mara from. Click here to see its location on Google Maps.

Over the next seven days you will depart from the camp at first light to head out photographing. Because you have a private vehicle you can stay out as long as you like (packed lunches can be arranged) or stick to morning and afternoon drives. Your expert guide driving the vehicle will more than likely have worked with us during the migration safaris so will know what sort of photo opportunities to seek out. You are allowed to drive in the reserve from sunrise to sunset and your guide will always try and end the day with a stunning sunset silhouette!

When the wildebeest and zebras are not in The Mara the predators have to work a bit harder and the big cats especially are more active. Having your own vehicle also means that you can spend as much or as little time as you like at a sighting. If, for example, you find a family of cheetah resting on a termite mound you can stick with them for serval hours in the hope that they start to hunt.

Mara Bush Camp’s location means that you can work different areas of the reserve on different days and if you find a particularly productive area you can return there over and over. If you want to return to the camp during the heat of the day then you can do so and head out again later. A private vehicle is the ultimate luxury for a wildlife photographer.

If you are looking to extend your safari beyond the Masai Mara then we have extensions to other iconic Kenyan photo safari destinations such as Amboseli and Samburu. We also have packages to go gorilla trekking in Uganda if that is of interest. Please chat to one of our safari planners about options and routing.

On the final day you will leave the Masai Mara in the mid morning for the flight back to Wilson Airport where you will either be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International. If your flight only leaves later in the afternoon or evening we can arrange a day room at a hotel for you.

We recommend taking the safari in the months outside of the Migration when we are not running a hosted workshop. the ideal months for this safari are Jan to March, June, November & December. April and May tend to be more rainy and July to October are when the migration is on.

The price per person for this safari is from $8,950 per person sharing for the months mentioned above in 2024.

Its is based on two people sharing a room and the vehicle. If you are travelling with more people then the price per person will reduce as the cost of the vehicle will be divided by more people. For a n accurate quote based on your exact requirements please complete the form below and on of our expert safari planners will be all too happy to assist.

  • Meet and Greet at Jomo Kenyatta Airport – Nairobi

  • 1 night at The Tamarind Hotel (close to Wilson Airport)

  • Return flight from Wilson Airport to The Masai Mara

  • 30kgs extra baggage allowance (total 50kgs)

  • 6 nights at Mara Bush Camp

  • All meals included (plus bottled water and tea/coffee)

  • Game drives in private custom Land Cruiser w/ expert guide

  • Hot air balloon flight down the Mara River (Optional Add On)

  • International Flights

  • All drinks other than those specified

  • Visa fees if required

  • Laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Suggested Add-ons to The Masai Mara Photo Safari

(Please chat with one of our expert safari planners to chat through your options below.)


Samburu is a such a unique destination that it pairs very well with time spent in The Masai mara. It is very different in regards to the landscapes, vegetation and even more so the animals and birds that you will see here. Special note goes to the Samburu Special 5 which are the Grevy’s Zebra (3000 left in the wild), Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated Giraffe. You can read more about samburu here.

Toby has also made a video about his time in samburu which you can watch here.


The Amboseli National Park sits in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and is famous for those iconic shots of herds of elephants strolling past its snow capped peak. Amboseli is, however, more than just that. its an incredibly diverse ecosystem with dry almost desert like conditions blending seamlessly into swamp land fed by waters from the mountain. This means that the animal and bird life is as divers as the landscape and there are plenty of great wildlife photography opportunities to be had. You can read more about Amboseli here.

Janine and Guts have made a video about Amboseli which you can watch here.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.

Trekking to see gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an extraordinary experience and one that should be on any wildlife photographers “must-do” list. We tend to chose Uganda over Rwanda for several reasons. First the cost of each trek permit is considerably cheaper which means that you can do two in Uganda for every one in Rwanda. Also Uganda has more locations to see and photograph habituated chimpanzees than in Rwanda which is an experience on a par with the gorilla trek! Finally in the swamps close to Entebbe you will find the extraordinary Shoebill Storks.

Come to Botswana.

Believe it of not combining a Masai Mara photo safari with some time in Botswana is actually very easy and straightforward. Kenya Airways flies daily to Victoria Falls which is less than 2 hours by car across the border to The Chobe. You can chose to overnight in Vic Falls if you like or come straight over in time for an afternoon photo boat cruise on the Chobe River. From here you could venture further south into the Okavango Delta and even the Kalahari. Have a look at our Best of Botswana itinerary to see what’s possible – Click here.

As you don’t have any draconian luggage restrictions on this safari you are free to bring as much or as little camera gear as you like. there is plenty of space in the vehicle and the pop up roof has plenty of bean bags. Here is a video made by Charl and Sabine explaining their lens choices for the Masai Mara:

Although the vehicle does have 6 seats we would only recommend it be used by four photographers at a time as a maximum. This gives you lots of room in the vehicle as well as plenty of places to keep your bags nearby to grab another camera or lens.

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Possible additions to the Masai Mara Photo Safari: