Masai Mara, Kenya – Migration Uncut: August 2015

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Trip Overview
The migration of millions of Wildebeest, Zebras and other animals through the Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the most spectacular sights on the planet. If there are ten things you must do in a lifetime, witnessing this spectacle is a must. Join Club Kunzum for a specially curated trip where you even camp inside the reserve close to the animals – most visitors stay at the periphery of the park.

Dates
August 12 – 18, 2015 (7 Days, 6 Nights)

If these dates do not suit you, options may be available for August 18 – 24 or August 24 – 30 subject to availability.

Tour Leaders
Ajay Jain / Shivang Mehta

Both the leaders are well known travellers and photographers in India and internationally, with a rich experience and deep knowledge of the wild. They will guide you to best sightings and photographs possible. They will be assisted by the best-in-class naturalists and guides.

Best-in-Class Safari Vehicles
Safaris will be in best-in-class side and top open vehicles (Landcruisers) which are perfect for photography. Four participants will be allocated one vehicle so that you have ample amount of space to shoot through the window and from the top.

All vehicles will be equipped with wireless radio devices for inter-vehicle connectivity in order to ensure that you are right at the action point as it happens.

The Great Migration – A Photographer’s Delight!
The Great African Migration is much more than the simple river crossing which you are visualizing. Here are a few numbers to sweep you off your feat: The true spectacle of the migration is 1,245,000 wildebeest, 200,000 Burchell’s zebra, 18,000 eland and 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle filling the entire stretch of Mara landscape.

When the savannah turns golden red in the month of July, and the zebra start pouring in across the river, the first herds of the wildebeest arrive and the feasting for the Mara’s predators and scavengers begins.

The African Lion is the supreme predator of the Mara landscape and is a treat to watch during the migration time. With a sizeable prey base spread across the Mara, the lion prides hunt strategically in the early mornings or late noon hours giving you the chance to photograph these rare moments from close quarters in great light.

Often regarded as a shy, nocturnal animal, sightings of leopard in the Mara can occur even in the middle of the day and last for several minutes, or even hours at times.

Although not as muscular as the leopard, the cheetah is built for sheer speed and is the world’s fastest land mammal – it has been timed upto 110 kilometers per hour. The Mara is one of the best places in the world to shoot a cheetah in full action as they often seek a vantage point on a fallen tree, termite mound or even a car bonnet to look out across the savannah for their next prey.

Accommodation Amidst Action
The Mara expanse is beyond imagination and in the vast terrain, the river crossing and migratory trend of wildebeest is mostly towards the Mara river in an area known as the Mara Triangle. Covering these massive distances can be a challenge in Mara if you have not chosen the apt location to stay in this huge forest. Participants in the past shot astounding wildlife moments mainly because of the right camping location in Mara… a site which was not loaded but overloaded with wild action. You can even indulge in ‘armchair’ photography from the campsite itself.

We will be staying at Mara Bush Camp and Little Mara Bush Camp – two of the best campsites of Masai Mara located right on the banks of the Mara river. Some key action areas of the park are right in the vicinity of the camp thus enabling you to be amongst the first to catch the action early in the morning and the last to leave the site in the evening.

Check out the video of the camp at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehNbbOViRoY

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive at Nairobi International airport early morning. The camp representative will meet you at the main exit of the airport and transfer you by road to the campsite in the southeastern part of Masai Mara.

The drive from the airport to Masai Mara takes about six hours and goes through some very scenic parts of Kenya, including the Rift Valley. Check into the camp and leave for a safari after lunch.

Return by sunset, dinner and overnight in the camp.

Days 2-6
After an early breakfast (or packed breakfast) we leave for your Masai Mara game drives. Picnic lunch will be provided if you plan to go for full day safaris and do not wish to return to the camp for lunch. We may even be far from camp if there are reports of sightings. Since the camp is centrally located, you would have easy access to all areas of the park.

Day 7
Do a morning round of the reserve and return to the camp for breakfast. After a quick breakfast and some packed lunch leave for the international airport (six hours drive) to catch Air Kenya flight to Mumbai.

Additional Support
* Bean bags to be provided at no extra cost.
* Equipment rental can be arranged for if intimated in advance.
* In-depth photography review sessions at the end of each day making it a comprehensive photographic experience for you.

COSTS
Little Mara Bush Camp: US$ 3500 per person
Mara Bush Camp: US$ 3900 per person

Both these camps are at the same location. The only difference is that Little Mara tents a slightly smaller than the others. All amenities and comforts are the same otherwise.

Inclusions
* 6 nights accommodation on full board basis at Mara Bush Camp (Bush Wing) and Little Mara Bush Camp.
* Airport transfers from Nairobi.
* Full day safaris in custom built 4×4 Landcruiser (4 participants in a vehicle).
* Beanbags.
* Invertors and adapters in the vehicle.
* Experienced naturalists who also serve as great guides for photography.
* Unlimited game drives.
* Packed lunch on Day 7.
* Mineral water on all days.
* Emergency evacuation insurance.
* Photography workshop in Delhi before departure.
* One year membership to Club Kunzum.

Exclusions
* Air tickets.
* Telephone calls.
* Laundry.
* Tips for camp staff and guides.
* Travel and medical insurance.
* All beverages.
* Change of itinerary.
* Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Payment Terms
* US$ 1,000 at time of booking.
* Balance by June 15, 2015.

Contact
Shivam Tomar: +9198-7193863
Pooja Kapoor: +919650702777
Mail: wetravel@kunzum.com

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