Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Group Size: Max 9
Level of fitness required: Easy
Join Tatra Photography for an incredible wildlife photography tour in the world famous Masai Mara to witness one of greatest spectacles on Earth, the Great Wildebeest Migration in the heart of Africa’s Big Game Country.
No where on earth is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, millions of animals migrate from the South plains of Tanzania to the greener pastures North of the Masai Mara. The migration has to cross the Mara river where the crocodiles are waiting for the slightest chance of a meal.
We will be concentrating on the fast action of the migration during our wildlife photography tour of the Masai Mara and we will also have the opportunity to photograph lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo and we will also have plenty of opportunities with the other game including hippopotami, cheetah, gazelle, impala, topi, Coke’s hartebeest, giraffe, Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox.
Your tour leader and photographic tutor will be with you throughout the trip in order to help you make the most of your passion for the photography of wildlife. He has a wealth of knowledge to share, and will be on hand at all times in the field to offer guidance in a relaxed and informal manner. To expand on the field based instruction your tutor will also provide further teaching by way of group tutorials held during breaks between game drives and on some evenings. In these sessions he will discuss the creative processes behind recording thrilling and memorable images of African wildlife, as well as provide inspiration for new ideas and photographic techniques for you to try.
Feedback on your pictures is crucially important to help you expand and refine your wildlife photography skills. Our tutors are keen to provide this at any time during the trip, whether on a one-to-one basis, or during the tutorial sessions. You will also be encouraged to seek instruction and ask questions to ensure you learn and gain the most from the photographic opportunities. In short your tutor will help you acquire the photographs you have come to capture!
Your tutors for this workshop are Simon Stafford & Andrew Parkinson. Multi-award winning professional photographer Simon Stafford has accrued a wealth of experience in his thirty-five year career.
His interest in photography began while studying Biophysics at Aberdeen University, where he talked his way into the job of photographer at the university’s weekly newspaper; he has been shooting pictures ever since. A life-long Nikon user Simon is also the Technical Editor of Nikon Owner magazine, and author of over twenty-five books on the Nikon camera system.
He was awarded Overall Winner of the Mammals category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 and had images shortlisted in the same competition in the previous two years. Simon took the winning picture during our Great Migration Masai Mara safari workshop in 2015.
His work has been published internationally in newspapers, books and magazines, and his photography and writing is featured regularly in the UK photographic press, including Practical Photography, Digital SLR Photography, Professional Photographer and Nikon Pro.
He is a very knowledgeable and skilled tutor who presents a wide range of his own photography seminars and workshops, plus Simon is a highly experienced leader of landscape, travel, and wildlife photography tours in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Andy is a feature contributor to National Geographic magazine and a multi-award winning wildlife photographer. His images have been awarded three times in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, three times in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2016, as well as winning two categories he was also named as the overall winner in Bird Photographer of the Year. He is also the most successful photographer in the history of the British Wildlife Photography Awards with over 30 awarded images and three category wins. In 2012 he was named the Nature Photojournalist of the Year with a portfolio of 12 images captured whilst working on assignment for National Geographic.
Andy works exclusively with wild animals and birds and has also appeared on various TV and radio shows, most notably on Countryfile when he attempted to show comedian Jo Brand how to capture images of wildlife. He is also becoming known as much for his writing as he is for his images and among others he writes regularly on wildlife/environmental/ethical issues for his regular Opinion piece in Outdoor Photography magazine.
His images are marketed all over the world by a network of the world’s leading international agencies including Getty images, Nature Picture Library, RSPB Images, FLPA and NHPA/Photoshot and his images have been sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. He also produces regular photo features for some of the world’s most prestigious magazines including National Geographic, Audubon, Geo and Terre Sauvage. He is also the UK’s most prolific feature contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine having completed 9 photo stories for them, often on subjects which he finds close to his Derbyshire home. His images have also appeared in magazines such as New Scientist, National Geographic Traveller, Geographical and Natural History, newspapers such as the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Times, the Guardian, Independent as well as online media such as HuffPostUS, on the home page of search engine Bing and on the Discovery Channel.
Our accommodation in the Masai Mara is situated in the Kichwa Tembo private concession, which neighbours the Masai Mara. Meaning ‘head of the elephant’ in KiSwahili, Kichwa Tembo consists of private land leased from Maasai landlords and is situated in the remote western Mara. In addition to its the excellent year-round concentration of wildlife, Kichwa Tembo lies directly in the path of Africa’s spectacular Great Migration.
Known as Kenya’s best loved safari camp, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara or the Sabaringo River. Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. Our award winning camp offers accommodation in double or twin shared tents. Each tent has en- suite bathroom, 220 v AC power plug & in-room safe. The camp also has a swimming pool, set among the trees and surrounded by lush lawns and spectacular views, massage room & safari shop.
Opening up onto incredible Masai Mara views, the guest areas feature cosy split-level spaces decorated in a palette of stone and taupe. Celebrating the romance and nostalgia of the Mara, a double-storey bar and lounge area feature oversized windows with spectacular panoramas. The split-level dining area has been designed around an interactive kitchen and vegetable garden, making food an integral part of the safari experience.
Our transport for the game drives are large 4×4 customised Safari vehicles with one row per photographer provided. A six passenger vehicle with only 3 photographers. This gives each photographer unrestricted views and valuable extra space for a second camera, large lenses, camera bags and other equipment.
We have also included extra weight allowance hold luggage for your internal Wilson – Mara flight so you are not limited with any equipment. You can travel with Tatra Photography using the same weight allowance as your international flight 1 x 23kg.
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