Kenya-Tz Migration Photography Safari 2014

The Ultimate Photography Trip

Kenya and Tanzania – The Great Migration

July – August 2014

migration

11 night Migration Safari

with Professional Photographer/Instructor

(2 nights Nairobi + 9 nights Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro)

The stuff photography dreams are made of….traverse fabled wildlife reserves in your own private safari vehicle as nearly 2 million wildebeest retrace a prehistoric route during the Great Migration.

Veteran professional photographer Cameron Hubbs along with Shila Desai of EYHO Tours will help your dream come true. Capture unforgettable images of wildlife as highly experienced driver guides get you close. Allow Cameron to hone your skills to a new level. In the evenings, convene with Cameron and fellow photographers to review your day’s “work”. Recharge over the ubiquitous sundowner and linger over delicious meals in exclusive accommodations including luxury ‘tent houses’ overlooking the savannah. Awaken your senses to the life that surrounds you amidst the planet’s most stupendous natural phenomenon: the Great Migration. Watch the Great Migration

Anticipate the unexpected…Karibu!

ABOUT CAMERON

Cameron Hubbs’ fascination with cameras became apparent when, after an evening out, his parents returned home to a completely disassembled classic Contax camera.  As much fun as taking the camera apart was, Cameron lost interest when trying to put it back together. Instead, he tried his hand at shooting. A few years and hundreds of rolls later found Cameron at Ryerson University’s Photographic Arts program. With his keen eye for composition and detail, Cameron has turned his lenses for 25 years as a commercial photographer on practically every subject matter for a wide variety of clients including Honda and The Body Shop. Lately he has focused on people, events, and interiors. When not shooting or sharing his passion, Cameron enjoys life in Oakville with his kids. His father has yet to let him borrow another camera. 

See a selection of Cameron’s credits here

Itinerary

Kenya mapDay 1 July 27: Nairobi

Arrival Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)                         

Met upon your arrival in NBO and transfer to hotel.

Overnight: Southern Sun Mayfair (B) www.southern-sun-mayfair.com

 

Day 2 July 28: Lake Nakuru

Early morning transfer (2.5hr) via the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley to its famous soda lake. Lake Nakuru offers photographers a chance to capture one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife sights: brilliant pink flamingos as far as the camera can see.  After lunch, use the first afternoon to test-drive your equipment, ask questions and get used to the environment. We will aim to find and photograph white and black rhinos and leopard, and abundant bird species besides flamingo. Arrive evening at lodge.

Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge(B,L,D) 

lake nakuru flamingoes

Pink at Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, drive (5hr) to Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya’s most spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Test drive your equipment on a dusk game drive followed by a clinic back at the camp. Ask questions, get feedback and share tips and tricks.

Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Luxury Tented Camp (B,L,D) – Classic Tents

www.kichwatembo.com 

Day 4/5 July30/31 Masai Mara

On the first day, our main focus is predators in the early morning and dusk light when they are at their most active. This is beautiful country, with opportunities to photograph herds of elephant, impala, buffalo, giraffe, as well as leopard, cheetah, and lion. In between, relax at the camp or use the time to photograph vistas from the campsite. You may try a ranger-led walking safari for up-close shots at giraffe and zebra followed by an evening review of your work.

Mara River from Siria Escarpment

Mara River from Siria Escarpment

On the second day, our destination is the Mara River through the territory of leopard, cheetah, black rhino and lion. Over a packed lunch at the river, we hope to capture the unfolding drama of thousands of plains game attempting a crossing while braving the snap of crocodiles’ jaws.

Evening return to camp for dinner and an evening get together.

Overnight: Kichwa Tembo Luxury Tented Camp (B,L,D) – Classic Tents 

Mara Skies, Kichwa Pool

Mara Skies, Kichwa Pool 

Day 6 August 1: Masai Mara to Serengeti

Depart Masai Mara with lunch boxes and cross the Sirari border into Tanzania. Photograph rural Africa en route. Visas, change of drivers and vehicles at the border. Proceed to Serengeti.  Time permitting, experience the first game drive in the Serengeti.

Estimated driving distance: 8hrs drive from exit of Mara to entrance of Serengeti + 2 hours to camp

Overnight: Mbalageti Camp (chalet) B,L,D www.mbalgeticamp.com

Day 7 August 2: Western Serengeti

Everything in the Serengeti is on an unfathomable scale. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets, wide open savannah, kopje-strewn landscape, the migration of nearly 2million wildebeest followed closely by big cat predators.  An unparalleled opportunity to capture life-long photographic memories. Our full day game drive will focus on action around the Grumeti River with its population of huge crocs, herds of hippo, and the wildebeest crossing. At your leisure, return to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the pool overlooking the savannah.

Lioness spotting

Lioness Spotting

 

Day 8 August 3: Northern Serengeti

The landscape here is primeval with wide open vistas dotted with the slow moving train of grunting wildebeest. Our unhurried game drive will focus on central Serengeti in search of large predators and the gentle herbivores on which they feed.

Estimated driving distance: 3hrs drive

Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Mobile Tented Camp or similar (B,L,D)

www.serengetikatikaticamp

Day 9 August 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, final game drive in Serengeti, and then drive to UNESCO World Heritage Site Ngorongoro Crater with optional visit to Olduvai Gorge, the Crucible of Human Civilization where the earliest human ancestor bones were excavated by the Leakeys. Optional visit to Masai village for unfettered photos of this ancient warlike tribe’s way of life.

Estimated driving distance: 3hrs

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar (B,L,D) View Ngorongoro Serena Lodge 

Ngorongoro Vista

Ngorongoro Vista

Day 10 August 5: Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, dubbed the original Garden of Eden, is an intact volcanic caldera with 600m high walls and an entire ecosystem on the bottom. The photography in the crater is unique in that the beautiful walls form a stunning backdrop. Some of the largest elephant left in Africa are to be found on the crater floor, as well as the highest concentrations of large predators in the world and the entire ‘Big Five’. Ngorongoro is a nature photographer’s paradise so bring big memory cards!

Late afternoon, transfer to lodge for sunset over the crater lake.

Overnight:  Kitela Lodge and African Spa or similar (B,L,D)

Day 11 August 6: Ngorongoro to Arusha/Nairobi

Enjoy a leisurely start today. After breakfast, drive 2hrs to Arusha (JRO) airport for regional flight to Nairobi or connect for international flight.

Overnight (if necessary): Southern Sun Mayfair (B) www.southern-sun-mayfair.com

Elephant in the Mara

Elephant in the Mara

 Cost – 11 nights (08 travellers): usd$5880 pp double

SINGLE supplement fee of usd$1000

Costs are subject to + or – up to 5% due to FX fluctuations and group size at time of booking. 

FAQWhat will my Migration Safari Cost? And Why?

TRAVELLING WITH A PARTNER WHO ISN’T CRAZY ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY?

JOIN FOR A LOWER RATE. PLEASE ENQUIRE – shilkee26@gmail.com

Includes:

-PRIVATE SAFARI with professional photographer Cameron Hubbs

– Pre- and post-trip informal clinics with Cameron

-Tour led by Kenyan-born and raised Shila Desai, now resident in Canada

-Services of professional English-speaking driver-guides

-Arrival Nairobi airport group transfer

-Arrival and Departure Kilimanjaro / Zanzibar airport group transfers

-Accommodation as indicated (2 people sharing a double room)

-Activities and Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

-All park fees, and government taxes.

-Game drives in Safari Designed vehicle with pop up / flip roof tops – window seat guaranteed!

-Bottled water while on safari

-Unlimited mileage on the safari

Excludes:

-Flight JRO-Nairobi (additional USD300) or private jeep transfer USD90

-International airfare

-Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveller’s insurance

-Tips to driver-guide/hotel and lodge staff

**This itinerary is tentative. Your comfort and safety are of paramount importance. While every effort will be made to stay with this itinerary, we may be forced to substitute with equal or better options in order to ensure your comfort and safety**

 PLEASE NOTE:

  • July-Sept during the Migration is peak travel time. Bookings are heavy. A USD500 deposit is required to hold your spot.
  • While not strenuous, this safari involves bumpy roads and getting in and out of land cruisers. A Mara-Serengeti flight option to avoid the worst roads is an additional USD700
  • Visitors’ visas are obtainable in Kenya and Tanzania at border entry points

Questions? Please contact:    

Shila Desai shilkee26@gmail.com or Cameron Hubbs cameronhubbs@me.com     

For your complete peace of mind, this tour is contracted through an accredited Member of:

Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)

Better Business Bureau (BBB) 

Karibu!

Karibu!

Resources

http://eyhotours.com/category/archives/page/2/ Read about the 2012 tour

http://eyhotours.com/why-why-not/ About Shila Desai

http://eyhotours.com/2011/10/17/namaste/ The inaugural Cooking with Maharajas in India trip

Migration resources

http://www.aim4africa.com/great_migration.html

http://www.kenya.com/great_migration_overview.asp

 

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About Shila Desai

Conceptualiser of Unpackaged Travels (www.eyhotours.com). Writer. Culinary diva when someone else does the dishes.
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5 Responses to Kenya-Tz Migration Photography Safari 2014

  1. Lynn Simpson says:

    Well done Shila. You are amazing!! Wish I was there with you…..xo

  2. Mina Shukla says:

    This is truly a trip of a lifetime. If you want to do one safari in Africa, well this is the one for you. You are in the hands of a true Kenyan who loves Africa and will accommodate you in everyway possible. Nothing can beat that! I speak from experience.

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