Maasai Mara, Kenya 

Unique Photographic Safari

In collaboration with Asilia Africa, we created this unique trip to add a deeper dimension to a classic photographic safari. 

We’ll be based in the Naboisho Conservancy — bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve — which beautifully showcases how wildlife conservation and community empowerment can go hand in hand with tourism and, over the course of your trip, you’ll visit various world-leading initiatives to learn about this first-hand. 

As well as the Naboisho Conservancy fees and Asilia’s conservation fee, which goes towards preserving wildlife and supporting communities, we have also included a group donation of US$3,000 to the featured Positive Impact partners. This trip ensures each traveller’s participation truly gives back. 

In order to offer you as much itinerary flexibility as we can, we have not included any flights to and from Naboisho or any transfers in Nairobi. Asilia can help you plan any travel and accommodation before and after the trip as you need. Plan to arrive at Naboisho for lunch or early afternoon to settle into your tents and meet your hosts and fellow Asilia Adventurers. 

After afternoon tea and armed with your camera, you will head out for your first game drive in an open-sided four-wheel drive vehicle before returning for a welcome dinner. Welcome to your home at Naboisho Camp!

Day 1

Tuck into a hearty breakfast in camp before traversing the Mara to Lemek Conservancy to visit the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) headquarters. Your morning will be spent with real-life conservation heroes, learning about their anti-poaching units, mitigating human-wildlife conflict in villages and their research and collaring of the Greater Mara’s elephants. This is a humbling and fascinating insight into the challenging and never-ending work to conserve one of Africa’s iconic species.

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Day 2

After a picnic lunch, the group will travel to the Ol Chorro Rhino Sanctuary, where you will have the rare treat of walking with their two resident white rhinos. These endangered modern-day dinosaurs are kept safe by rangers and you will gain an awareness of the challenges they face in protecting them. On returning to camp, freshen up and then with an ice cold beverage in hand, the focus on rhinos continues with an engaging talk from Lara on her speciality, the black rhino. Before dinner is served, we’ll will also take the team through camera trap deployment in preparation for the following day’s activity.

Day 2

We’ll set off early from camp to have the benefit of the glorious dawn light and throughout the morning, locations will be selected and marked for the camera traps, in the hopes of capturing some exciting species caught unaware. Naboisho is known for its big cats in big numbers and is believed to have one of the highest lion densities in Africa, strong numbers of cheetah and is home to more than 220 recorded bird species — so there will be plenty to photograph.



Day 3

After lunch back in camp, guests are free to use the camp classroom to start editing images or they can relax by the pool and catch forty-winks. The game drive in the afternoon will remain focused on photography, however, threaded through the drive, Lara will tease some of the information you would have learned the day before, at the Mara Elephant Project, to help you identify the elephants you meet on your safari. 




Day 3

The Itinerary: Days 1-3

The game drive in the morning will continue with a photographic aim before returning to camp for a quick lunch and then heading to The Maa Trust, a thriving non profit organisation working toward a harmonious balance between conservation and sustainable human development in the Maasai Mara. This afternoon, you will have the great pleasure to sit down with these ladies and learn the traditional craft of beading. While designing and threading your own beaded camera strap, you will learn about the meaning of the beads, hear the personal narratives of these incredible women and the other fantastic projects the Trust implements.

Day 4

The Itinerary: Days 4-7

To put what you have learnt into practice, this morning you will set out early to meet the Lion Ambassadors of the Mara. With approximately 500 lions concentrated in a relatively small area covering 2,572 km2 of protected lands, the Mara has high human and livestock densities residing in the surrounding unprotected community lands. A central challenge is ensuring coexistence between lions and people while implementing impactful conservation strategies at a meaningful scale. MPCP chose a brigade of 10 lion ambassadors to provide a crucial link to the communities and ensure human-lion conflict and the resulting retaliatory killings and persecution of lions is halted in its tracks. 

Day 5

The Itinerary: Days 4-7

To put what you have learnt into practice, this morning you will set out early to meet the Lion Ambassadors of the Mara. With approximately 500 lions concentrated in a relatively small area covering 2,572 km2 of protected lands, the Mara has high human and livestock densities residing in the surrounding unprotected community lands. A central challenge is ensuring coexistence between lions and people while implementing impactful conservation strategies at a meaningful scale. MPCP chose a brigade of 10 lion ambassadors to provide a crucial link to the communities and ensure human-lion conflict and the resulting retaliatory killings and persecution of lions is halted in its tracks. 

Day 5

The Itinerary: Days 4-7

This morning you will join an ambassador on their daily patrol, you will learn first-hand what it’s like to be on the frontline of conservation. After an exhilarating morning, no one will blame you for that extra beer at lunch and a snooze on your daybed but of course, you are also welcome to spend time in the classroom editing images. After a classic Mara sundowner under a flat-topped acacia, the torches will come out and, with eyes peeled for nocturnal animals, your night drive will begin, before a late dinner back at camp. 

Day 5

The Itinerary: Days 4-7

After a full itinerary, the last day is an easy one, allowing the group to head out on a fun game drive, putting into practice everything you’ve learned over the last five days, as well as collecting the camera traps deployed earlier in the week. Following lunch back at camp, there will be a final editing session including looking through what the traps have captured and no doubt having a laugh or two! Returning from the final game drive, a farewell BBQ will be enjoyed by the candlelit pool with a chance to share stories, the best shots of the week and look up at a sky full of stars. 

Day 6

The Itinerary: Days 4-7

A relaxed morning and breakfast at camp before you say your goodbyes to the camp team, myself and Lara, then head off to your next adventure!


Day 7

The Itinerary: Days 4-7

Your Photographic Experience

This trip is designed for photographers of all abilities, whether you’re just starting out or are an avid wildlife photographer. With two professional wildlife photographers on hand, you’ll receive the education and learning experience suited for your level. Whether that’s getting to grip with manual on your DSLR, or practising more advanced photography techniques, we’ll mould the photography portion of the trip to your needs. The same applies to the post-production and/or editing sessions as the pair will also host one-to-ones tailored to your level, regardless of your experience. 

In terms of equipment, you will need a DSLR and half-decent long lens — 300 mm and above is perfect. Alongside that, some wider-angle lenses such as the 70-200 mm and 24-70 mm. If you don’t already own the kit, not to worry; there are plenty of reputable lens shops that rent out photography equipment for just such occasion and George and Lara are happy to recommend a local outfitter in your country of residence. 

Full guiding from George Benjamin and Lara Jackson

All planned excursions 

US$3,000 group donation split between MEP, The Maa Trust and MPCP 

Full board accommodation at Naboisho

What's Included

 To secure your place, a deposit of 20% is required. Up until 30 days before travel, should you decide to cancel, this is fully refundable. 

Beyond that, the remaining 70% would then be payable. At this point, your payment is now non-refundable but still fully protected.

COVID-19

2 - 8 June, 2022

Price per person (single room): US $9,600
Price per person (shared room): US $8,400

Private groups available upon request

The Basics

The Need-To-Know

All house drinks (except premium wines and champagne), 

Night Drives

In-camp laundry service

Conservancy bed-night fee

What's Included

 To secure your place, a deposit of 50% is required. Up until 60 days before travel, should you decide to cancel, this is fully refundable. 

Beyond that, the remaining 50% would then be payable. At this point, your payment is now non-refundable but still fully protected.

COVID-19

2 - 8 June, 2022

Price per person (single room): US $9,600
Price per person (shared room): US $8,400

Private groups available upon request

The Basics

The Need-To-Know

Asilia conservation fee

Emergency Support Cover

Transfers to/from Mara Ol Seki airstrip and Naboisho

What's Included

 To secure your place, a deposit of 50% is required. Up until 60 days before travel, should you decide to cancel, this is fully refundable. 

Beyond that, the remaining 50% would then be payable. At this point, your payment is now non-refundable but still fully protected.

COVID-19

2 - 8 June, 2022

Price per person (single room): US $9,600
Price per person (shared room): US $8,400

Private groups available upon request

The Basics

The Need-To-Know

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