Masai Mara intensively
Photo tour Kenya
The Masai Mara National Reserve is located in the south of Kenya in the Great Rift Valley. It borders the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and together they form an ecosystem and one of the greatest highlights of Africa. The park was named after the first people in this region, the Maasai, who still live here today. “Mara” means “spotted” and this is exactly how the Masai Mara landscape looks with its many short bushy trees amidst the endless grasslands.
The Kenyan wildlife sanctuary has a size of 1’510 kilometres. It is considered one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in the world and is known for its uniquely high density of big cats. The great migration of the wildebeest is an annual spectacle when over 1.5 million animals cross the dangerous Mara River in search of water.
On this Masai Mara photo tour, limited to only 3 people, you will stay in small luxury tented camps both in the nature reserve and in a private concession area far from the tourist crowds. A private concession area has the advantage that the number of safari vehicles and lodges is very limited, and guides are allowed to drive off the beaten track. This allows you to enjoy and photograph sightings up close from the front row.
In order to provide individual support & guidance and a unique experience, this tour will be organised exclusively in a limited small group of only 3 persons.
This intensive Kenya tour to the Masai Mara definitely offers you perfect conditions to return home with a stunning portfolio of great pictures.
This Photo Tour Kenya offers extraordinary highlights!
- Enjoy and photograph the fantastic wildlife in the Masai Mara
- Very good chances to photograph lions, leopards and cheetahs
- With a little luck you will catch fantastic light moods in the early mornings and late afternoons
- Experience the African bush up close in comfortable tented camps
- Very exclusive photo tour in a small group with only 3 participants
- Own safari vehicle for our small group
- You will be accompanied by professional wildlife and nature photographer James Gifford. Learn to photograph like a pro or take your photography to the next level!
23. – 30. July 2023
CHF 11’500.- | Price per person in a single room
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What our clients say
Amazing experiences with truly professional guides. Super nice wild-life at a close distance. Cool and impressive lodge and food. Think Tina Turner wrote your song: "Simply the best".
As usual, the tour was excellently organised. The lodge and the game reserve in southern Botswana are simply top. The game reserve has a great variety of species and a high density of predatory cats, which made the time pass (too) quickly. I can truly recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife.
The tour was planned and carried out professionally as usual. The passionate photographer Hannes Locher looked after us very well. I was thrilled by his passion for cats and his humorous manner. Gladly again!
The trip to the beautiful Kalahari was a dream, many animals, wonderful landscapes and moods. Hannes looked after us perfectly in his humorous way and helped us to take great pictures. Definitely recommended!
The smell of the first big rain after the dry season I will remember forever! And the pictures of it are in my photo album and in my heart. Pictures that have become even more unique thanks to Hannes Lochner. It is a privilege to discover such an exciting area as the Kalahari. Even more so when Hannes Lochner is there. He showed us with humor and patience countless photo tricks and we were able to benefit from his enormous knowledge about photography, animals and nature. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
As always, excellently organized trip to the Kalahari with the guidance of Hannes Lochner. His knowledge of the Kalahari and photography gives even experienced wildlife photographers a final tip for a very special photo. Glad to travel at any time again with Hannes and Amazing Views.
I joined for this trip directly after the cats of the Kalahari: the contrasts of both trips (Kalahari: desert steppes in beige versus Mashatu: rich green partly with yellow flower carpet) are fantastic! Very good mentoring by Hannes and Thomas, who can give even experienced photographers a tip or two. Very comfortable lodge with excellent staff, especially the local guides are to be emphasized.
This was my seventh photo safari, but the first time during the rainy season. Seeing the different animals and birds in a green landscape is a unique experience. Thanks to the excellent guides from the lodge, who made sure that the rainy season had no negative impact on the number and quality of sightings of cats of prey, birds and other animals. The photo tour guidance by Hannes Lochner and Thomas was excellent, as usual for Amazing Views. Many thanks!
excellent organization everything worked smoothly- breath-taking camp with best food and loving hospitality - perfect driver chosen who took us through thick and thin and to the most beautiful places - an unforgettable journey
Since it was my first time on a photo safari, I was overwhelmed by the many impressions of the animals. The rainy season in Botswana was a pleasant travel time and the sight of the flower carpet was unique. The local driver and the guide were very keen to show us as many animals as possible. Thomas and Hannes Lochner always had good advice for taking pictures, thank you very much for the beautiful trip.
After Namibia, Botswana, India and Spitsbergen, "Untouched Africa" was my 5th trip with Amazing Views. I was totally thrilled again, the organization as well as the photographer James Gifford were extremely good. We were able to observe and photograph the animals - especially elephants - respectfully and yet from close up. Many thanks for unforgettable days.
Kerstin & Kristina
So far it was the most beautiful Africa trip with Amazing Views. So close to the animals, countless elephants, on a safari from early in the morning until late in the evening - it was simply a dream. Animals so close - you never forget that. And then in addition the best guide James at your side - and the adventure is perfect. Top organization from A (Amazing) - Z (Zimbabwe)!
Zimbabwe is an unforgettable experience, far away from mass tourism, with intense closeness to wild nature combined with exceptional hospitality in the lodges. James Gifford supported and inspired us all tirelessly with his vast experience of wildlife as well as his photographic skills. Now all our cameras are professionally set up, thank you James!
This was our first trip with Amazing Views and I can only say that it was very well organized. Hannes Lochner is a great photographer and an extremely likeable person. He showed us "his Kalahari", which is so different from the usual safari destinations. Many thanks to Hannes and the Amazing Views team.
Kristina & Kerstin
For the second time after 2019, we were able to travel to Namibia along with Amazing Views. Although Covid-19 made a lot of things more complicated, the organisation was smooth from A-Z. The Namib, the Dead Vlei, all the Oryx antelopes, helicopter flights, the countless evening moods were just fabulously great - and as a bonus we were virtually alone in many places. It couldn't have been better. And the Okonjima Game Reserve at the end was the absolute icing on the cake for us.
An excellently organised trip to the Kalahari with on-site support by the nature and wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner, who left no question unanswered and gave valuable tips on the respective camera model, the settings and the composition of the pictures. Pleasant accommodation, delicious food and time spent together rounded off the whole photo safari positively. Recommended for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Anytime again with Hannes Lochner and Amazing Views.
I have been to Botswana with Amazing Views before, I was also lucky enough to go on the first trip to Churchill to see the Polar Bear babies. All trips were unforgettable. Now again, to travel to Botswana during the rainy season was awesome for me. To photograph the animals between the lush green and yellow flowers, and to see them rolling around in it was fantastic. Plants, which I had thought to be dead in October, came back to life. Unique and an unforgettable experience. The trip was as usual, very well organized and everything went like clockwork. The lodge was super. Excellent support by Thomas and Hannes Lochner, who explained or showed with a lot of patience again and again the right adjustments and the right perspective. Not to forget the drivers and trackers who tried tirelessly to fulfil our wishes. I am thrilled. Many thanks to all.
As a repeat offender, I have already been on the road with Amazing Views several times! As always, the tour was very well organized. Expectations are exceeded again and again. Best guides guarantee for an unforgettable experience! Absolutely recommendable! - A big praise to Thomas and Jennifer! - Keep going!
A great trip over four outstanding, but also very different stations within the Okavango Delta. Both the driving and the photo guides provided unforgettable moments and helped with words and deeds to "shoot" fantastic photos. My rather high expectations were even exceeded. For a wonderful trip, many thanks to Amazing Views!
Reto & Marlene
"Amazing Views" lives up to its name. We took home unforgettable impressions from a varied, very well organized and exclusive tour to a fantastic wildlife area. Thomas and James led the group in a friendly and professional manner and knew how to respond to each participant individually. We felt very comfortable, even though the hyenas, hippos and elephants regularly visited our camp at night. Predicated as very recommendable ... actually a must
Sonja & Jürgen
We were back in Botswana after 30 years and felt wonderfully looked after by Thomas and James, and the whole team of Letaka Safaris. We would never have imagined such a great trip. From the competent photo and tour guide of James to the extraordinary beautiful campsites and the interaction with the nice fellow travellers, there was nothing to complain about. We can only recommend everyone to join this trip. To Amazing Views, you are top!
The Amazing Views have organized an absolutely great trip. Letaka Safaris offered a great organization. The rangers are very good drivers and very successful with their game drives. Their great knowledge in interpreting footprints and the perception and interpretation of animal sounds was terrific, so that we had many impressive moments while discovering this animal world in such a great landscape. With James, the whole thing was topped: an extremely good photographer, with a knowledge he was able to convey very well. I have profited enormously from him. His warm way of leading the group was absolutely terrific. A great trip with unique impressions and pure emotions. Thank you all for this experience, it is unforgettable.
A very well organized, "little" adventure which - fortunately away from the mass tourism streams - gave me many impressive, some touching and moving, several unique moments in the African wilderness. The photographer, James, not only has an excellent feeling for the motif and the right moment, but also for the different needs and requirements of the individual participants. All in all a successful trip, which not only fully met my expectations but in some aspects even exceeded them.
The trip was very well organized, and the accommodations were great. The guidance of James Gifford was again very good. He knows how to give you good tips in a pleasant way and makes every effort to ensure that everyone in the group gets their money's worth. The Bushwalks were a new but sensational experience for me. Getting close to a bull elephant at about 2 m and being able to take pictures will probably leave a lifelong impression on me. Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this exciting trip!
I liked the photo tourUntouched Africa very much. It was top organized and excellently guided by James Gifford. The Victoria Falls are impressive and the richness of species in Hwange and Mana Pools is great. A highlight was a short bushwalk in Mana Pools, which made it possible to photograph a passing bull elephant from a distance of two meters! Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this great trip!
Traveling with Amazing Views is the best. The most beautiful spots are discovered and photographed, and the coaching is unique. Each participant is picked up and promoted at his or her level. It was and is amazing with amazing views! Travelling with you has a huge potential for addiction. Hardly at home you want to book a new trip right away. You will not get rid of me so quickly. Sorry! 😉
Day 1: Arrival to Nairobi
Day 2: On the road to the Masai Mara
Day 3 - 4: In the kingdom of the animals
Day 5: On the road for the next Lodge
Day 6-7: Even more sightings
Day 8: End of the photo tour
NairobiThis cozy, mid-range hotel features classically furnished rooms that are air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV. Tea and coffee facilities are also provided in the room. The private bathroom offers a shower. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided. The highlight of the hotel is the great garden area with pool. It is a small green oasis in the middle of the vibrant African metropolis.
Wilderness Camp in National ParkThe Wilderness Camp consists of only three comfortable tents and therefore guarantees a unique ambience with a lot of privacy. Each tent has a private veranda and bathroom. The toilets have a flush. Your safari shower will be filled with hot water at all times.
Camp in the Naboisho ConservancyOur camp in the Naboisho Conservancy is very privately located in the secluded Kicheche Valley. It consists of only 6 luxurious tents built on platforms. From your tent accommodation you look out over the breath-taking landscape of Naboisho and watch the animals. The tent is equipped with hot and cold running water and the toilet is flush.
Kenya can be visited all year round. From mid-December to the beginning of March and from the beginning of June to the end of October, Kenya has a dry season. In July the climate is pleasant with minimum temperatures around 10 - 15 degrees and maximum temperatures around 20 - 25 degrees. However, it can get very cool at night or early in the morning or in the evening during game drives. We strongly recommend packing a warm jacket / fleece for the game drives.
When flying domestically, you benefit from an increased baggage limit. You can take your photo equipment with you without worrying about the usual 15 kg limit per person for checked and carry-on baggage.
Fitness / Condition
The tour does not have any special physical demands.
No vaccinations are required, but some are recommended (malaria, yellow fever, etc.). Please consult a tropical doctor, institute or your family doctor. There you will receive the necessary advice and medication. Please also note the currently valid Corona entry regulations.