Kenya – Best Of The Mara Migration Photo Tour 2023
US$9,725 / person sharing
1 AUG 2023 – 8 AUG 2023
ORYX is proud to present you with a wildlife photo safari experience-of-a-lifetime to one of the most game rich safari destinations in Africa, Kenya’s celebrated Masai Mara National Reserve, with Photo Tour Leader Penny Robartes.
The annual Wildebeest migration is one of the most incredible natural history events on the planet, as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle follow the rains in search of the better quality grazing. When the vast herds arrive in the Masai Mara they must ford the Mara River, creating a spectacle without parallel in the natural world!
Along with the renowned big cat sightings, there is clearly much that will keep us both inspired and in awe on this incredible Kenya photography tour.
Why This Photo Tour Is For You
Day 1: Arrival In Nairobi And Transfer To AccommodationToday is an arrival day in the Kenyan capital for the start of our African photo safari. Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and then transferred to the hotel accommodations where the group will overnight. At dinner tonight, Penny will discuss this Kenya photography tour in more detail.
Day 2: Scheduled Flight From Wilson To Masai Mara National Reserve
This morning we will be transferred to Wilson Airport where after we catch a scheduled flight to the Musiara Airstrip, which located in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival at the airstrip, our guides will collect us and take us to camp, game driving en route! Our camp is specifically chosen for its superb location, and has a scenic view being perched overlooking the Mara River. After check-in and lunch, we will depart on our first afternoon game drive on this Kenya photography tour.
Days 3 To 7: Masai Mara National Reserve
The following days on our Kenya photo safari will be spent in the Masai Mara National Reserve, focussing on areas that are holding key game species and have the potential for interesting interactions and of course, special photographic opportunities. We may spend full days out in the field during our Kenya photography tour, the benefits of which include not having to return to camp for meals (on such days, we would have a delicious selection of food packed onto the vehicle) and this enables us to explore some of the areas further away from camp and otherwise inaccessible on half-day forays. Our wonderful ground team is however very flexible to our needs, and depending on weather conditions, we may have the day broken up into morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 8: Scheduled Flight From Masai Mara National Reserve To Wilson
After our final morning drive and breakfast, we will sadly depart the Masai Mara, embarking on a scheduled flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful restaurant en-route to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where this safari concludes.
This was my second private trip with ORYX Photo Tours, combined with my 6th ORYX photo safari group tour. I have two additional ORYX group tours on the horizon. The private trips allow significantly more individual instruction, both in photography and the digital darkroom. In addition, the daily itinerary is totally up to you. Penny Robartes was an exceptional tour leader who constantly gave me invaluable advice on camera settings, animal behavior, composition, and Lightroom processing. While I was very happy with my images and instruction from the group part of the tour, the private tour was a step or two up in quality. I plan to do more private photo tours in the future. I can’t say enough about my experiences with Penny, Dale, and Marius. I can’t imagine traveling with anyone else.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nicolette for lunch prior to my tour. She has been so helpful over the years answering my many questions and making sure everything was arranged.
Our Botswana photo safari to Savute and Khwai went smoothly and without any problems. Our tour leader did a great job helping us with our photographic needs and offered assistance as well. Penny Robartes is very professional, cheerful and a pleasure to have as a tour leader. The camps were very nice, the staff in the camps were delightful and our drivers/guides were very accommodating. Overall, my experience with ORYX Photo Tours was positive.
This was our third photo safari with ORYX Photo Tours and we have a fourth one booked. The itineraries have been spot-on and the guide quality superb. The groups are small so there’s plenty of opportunity for one-on-one feedback and help. The office staff are thoughtful and detail-oriented. This was also our first time traveling with Penny and she was a great tour leader!
Amazing tour with ORYX Photo Tours. Extremely talented and knowledgeable guide, Penny Robartes made this, Mashatu Photo tour, a extremely memorable experience. I spent a week at Mashatu Main Lodge in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. The small group size, 2 guest to 1 guide, allowed the able to communicate constantly with my guide, Penny, not only gave technical advice but the reasons why certain settings were used along with advice on composition, night photography, etc. Penny was knowledgeable, easy to understand and a joy to be around. You can see how much she loves her job. She took the time between game drives to review my photos and give advice on composition and cropping. On the evening of the 4th day, I injured myself at the lodge and the staff there, as well as Penny and the team at ORYX, took care to make sure that I had the best medical care possible. I was able to get sutured and back on a game drive the following day. Thank you to ORYX Photo Tours for this amazing experience. I will be back!
I spent a week at Mashatu for a Hides and Predators photo tour. The tour was planned for three guests and although one guest cancelled, ORYX ran the tour with only two guests. The small group size offered the opportunity to communicate intensively with the photo tour leader Penny Robartes and so I learned an enormous amount. Penny has immense knowledge and she manages to convey this with her empathetic and good manner. In the run-up to the tour, ORYX took care of all the issues and always made sure that everything went smoothly. The communication was always very transparent and fast. Thanks to the whole ORYX Photo Tours team for letting me enjoy this unique experience!
Penny, I really had a fantastic photo safari in Botswana thanks to you and ORYX Photo Tours for sure! I am still on a bit of a high. Even though this was my third time to Southern Africa and second to Botswana, and each trip has been special, this time having a focus was brilliant and your guidance was invaluable to achieving some excellent photos