THE GREAT MIGRATION

Kenya • August 19 – 31, 2018

THE GREAT MIGRATION

Kenya • August 19 – 31, 2018

PHOTO TYPE: Wildlife     TOUR LENGHT: 13 days     DATES: August 19-31, 2018     GROUP SIZE: 8-12 guests     PRICE: USD 7 750 


Take the chance to photograph the greatest wildlife show on earth.

PHOTO TYPE: Wildlife

TOUR LENGHT: 13 days

DATES: August 19-31, 2018

GROUP SIZE: 8-12 guests

PRICE: USD 7 750 

Take the chance to photograph the greatest wildlife show on earth.

The Great Migration is a dream for all nature and wildlife photographers. Nature’s oldest pilgrimage plays out on the endless savanna of the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve, as over a million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra charge towards better grazing areas. This is the stage on which the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’ plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.

The tour starts near the River Mara where the animals have to cross the crocodile infested water. It is a perfect opportunity to capture the wildebeest and zebras gathering to cross the river. These migrational herds also attracts some of the continent’s most renowned predators, the big cats, crocodiles, and hyenas. After Masai Mara, we continue to Lake Elementeita where we find the biggest Pelican colony in Kenya. During the last part of the tour we visit Solio Private Game Reserve and Samburu. Both these parks are famous for offering abundant wildlife with many opportunities to photograph “The Big Five” – ​​lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and African buffalo – but also because they have a rich bird life. Don´t miss this opportunity to accompany Tom Svensson, internationally renowned conservation and award winning photographer, and to photograph The Great Migraton.

The Great Migration is a dream for all nature and wildlife photographers. Nature’s oldest pilgrimage plays out on the endless savanna of the Serengeti National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve, as over a million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra charge towards better grazing areas. This is the stage on which the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’ plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.

The tour starts near the River Mara where the animals have to cross the crocodile infested water. It is a perfect opportunity to capture the wildebeest and zebras gathering to cross the river. These migrational herds also attracts some of the continent’s most renowned predators, the big cats, crocodiles, and hyenas. After Masai Mara, we continue to Lake Elementeita where we find the biggest Pelican colony in Kenya. During the last part of the tour we visit Solio Private Game Reserve and Samburu. Both these parks are famous for offering abundant wildlife with many opportunities to photograph “The Big Five” – ​​lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and African buffalo – but also because they have a rich bird life. Don´t miss this opportunity to accompany Tom Svensson, internationally renowned conservation and award winning photographer, and to photograph The Great Migraton.

TOUR HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Experience The Great Migration.
  • Stay in the heart of Masai Mara close to the Mara River.
  • More than 20 safaris in four different parks.
  • Full days in some parks – from sunrise to sunset.
  • Lake Elementeita with the biggest Pelican colony in Kenya.
  • Solio Game Reserve with sev rhinos and large herds of lions.
  • Samburus amazing wildlife with leopards.
  • Large herds of elephants cross the river in Samburu.
  • Tutoring and workshops by the award winning conservation photographer Tom Svensson during the tour.

DESTINATION INFO

DESTINATIONS VISITED DURING THE TOUR

DESTINATIONS VISITED DURING THE TOUR

MASAI MARA

The Masai Mara National Reserve, commonly known as Mara, is Kenya’s most well known wildlife park. Masai Mara is located in southwest Kenya, on the border to Tanzania. The natural area that the park is intended to protect continues into the neighboring country, where the park is no longer called Masai Mara, but Serengeti. About a tenth of this connected natural area lies on the Kenyan side. The wildlife in both parks is rich and very diverse. Masai Mara consists largely of open grasslands in a soft rolling terrain. Two rivers cut through the landscape: the Mara River and the Talek River. In August each year large herds of wildebeest and zebras arrive from the south of Serengeti to stay and graze for a couple of months. When the short rain season stats in late autumn, the herds returns to Serengeti, where the wildebeest give birth in February. These hikes can cover more than one million animals. Another of Masai Mara’s major attractions is its lions. The park has a large lion population but you will also have good chances of seeing cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, baboons, different kinds of antelopes, gazelles and other animal species. Hippos and crocodiles are found in the rivers, while vegetation along these rivers attracts elephants, impalas and reedbuck.

LAKE ELEMENTAITA

Lake Elmentaita is a soda lake in the Great Rift Valley, about 120 km northwest of Nairobi. At the lake more than 450 avi-fauna species have been identified. The largest populations are great white pelicans and lesser and greater flamingos. Approximately 90% of all of Kenya’s black-necked grebes and cape teals are found at the lake, as well as maccoa duck, the critically threatened great crested grebe, great egret and other species that represent conservation concerns. More than half a million birds visit the lake annually, including resident and migratory species, so you are sure to see some of your most sought-after birds.

SOLIO GAME RESERVE

Solio Game Reserve is a privately owned Wildlife Conservancy that focuses on the conservation of rhinoceros and is one of Kenya’s true pearls. There is no better place in the world to observe rhinoceros than here. Solio Game Reserve also plays an important role in the protection and breeding of black rhinos in Kenya. The breeding program has been so successful that Solio has provided parks across Africa with young rhinos. The park is also famous for its large prides of lions which are often very curious giving a good chance to get close to them. Other animals we encounter here are buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, antelope, Thompson’s gazelle, impala and waterbuck.

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

In the Northern Frontier District, Samburu National Reserve has a unique flora and fauna. The dry climate means that animals and plant life differ greatly from that in southern Kenya. Waller’s gazelles, Grévy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, and beisa oryx are species that are only found here. Samburus heart is the Ewaso Ngir River that cuts straight through the park. Buffaloes, zebras, giraffes and big herds of elephants wander from the surrounding savannah to the river to drink and cool down. In addition to good opportunities for photographing large amounts of elephants, Samburu is considered one of the best places to photograph both lion and leopard.

TOM SVENSSO• Conservation Photographer

TOM SVENSSON

Tom Svensson is a world renowned conservation photographer. Toms major driving force in life is conservation, and he travels as a Canon Explorer Ambassador regularly around the world to document endangered species, anti-poaching and illegal animal trade. His skill as a photographer is to take pictures that touch people and that shine a light on important animal conservation subject matter. In this regard he is seen as one of the best in the world. Tom is the only Swede elected into the IEPA, the International Environment Photographers Association.

AWARDS: Winner of the WWF price Pandbook of the Year with the book “At the end of the road”.

PUBLICATIONS: Tom has published four books including the award winning “At the end of the road”. Tom is the only Swede elected into the IEPA, the International Environment Photographers Association.

GEAR: Tom uses professional Canon equipment. Among his cameras is a FDX Mark II along with a whole range of lenses from a fisheye to long zoom lenses.

PORTFOLIO: www.tomsvensson.se

ON LOCATION WITH TOM

Our trips are always accompanied by a well-known and talented professional photographer who will guide you to the most photogenic locations during the best light conditions and help you improve and expand your photographic technique. During this trip, Tom Svensson will take you to one of Africa’s best national parks and teach you how to turn the ordinary image into something extraordinary. During the safaris, Tom will alternate between the jeeps as well as leading photo walks in the park while sharing his best tips for capturing the surroundings. In the evenings, you will get help from Tom with the post processing of the images taken during the day. Tom will also look at your photographs and give his advice while evaluating your images. He will also talk about everything from camera technique, focal lengths, composition and the light in the images as well as giving lectures on conservation. There will also be a lot of time for individual conversations with Tom, where you have the chance to ask questions or perhaps get some help with any camera settings or equipment advice.

TOUR ITINERARY • AUGUST 19-31, 2018

International airfare to Kenya is not included. Since many of our costumers prefer to book their flights on their own, we have decided to not include the airfares in our price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you arrange all your flights.


DAY 1 – NAIROBI TO MASAI MARA

We meet up at the domestic airport in Nairobi in the morning for a flight to a local air strip in the middle of Masai Mara. At the airport you will meet Tom and Zoom’s travel host.

Upon arrival to Masai Mara we check in at Ngenche Safari Camp where we will spend the next four nights. The camp is located in the heart of the park just where the Talek and Mara River meet which is very practical when going on safaris. Directly after lunch we head on our first safari in Masai Mara. A welcome dinner will be served on the lodge in the evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 2 – 4 – MASAI MARA

During our days in Masai Mara, it is full focus on one of the world’s most magnificent spectacles – The Big Migration. We follow one of the world’s largest animal migrations when millions of wildebeest, zebras and Thomson gazelles move from the Serengeti plain in the south to Masai Mara. You have probably seen a documentary with images when thousands of wildebeest pass over rivers filled with crocodiles. This is one of the greatest natural experiences you can witness, a powerful spectacle and a photo memory for life. Aside from the migrating animals, there are nearly 100 different species of mammals to capture in the national park, including large predators like the lion and cheetah. In the park there are no fewer than 570 registered bird species. This will undoubtedly be one of your best safari experiences. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – MASAI MARA TO RIFT VALLEY

The journey continues into the spectacular Rift Valley. Our destination is Lake Elementeita where in the afternoon we will photograph the biggest Pelican colony in Kenya. Overnight at Mbweha Camp. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – RIFT VALLEY TO RHINO SAFARI.

Early in the morning, we will do a morning safari in Sai Samba Reserve before we leave for Rhino Watch Safari Lodge, located in the central highlands between Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya. The lodge, which will be our base for four nights, offers a magnificent view of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya. Surrounded by three national parks, it is the ideal place for photo tours in different environments. These parks are the best places in the world to observe rhino. One big advantage is that we can be in the parks all day long from early morning to late afternoon.

This afternoon we visiting Solio Game Reserve, a privately owned Wildlife Conservancy focused on the preservation of rhinoceros. There is no better place in the world to observe rhinoceros than right here, Solio. Other animals we encounter here are prides of lion, herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, antelope, gazelle, impala anger waterbuck. One special note about the park, is that it holds over 40 lions that often come very close to the tour. (B, L, D)

DAY 7-9 – SOLIO GAME RESERVE

We will visit Solio Game Reserve twice a day. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 – TO RHINO SAFARI TO SAMBURU

In the morning we continue on to Samburu in northern Kenya. Here we will stay two nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp, located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. This exclusive tent camp is considered a jewel in Samburu National Reserve. The camp is surrounded by rocky mountains and the land is largely covered by dry bush vegetation that passes along the river into lush greenery. The park is home to large herds of elephant coming to the river to swim, drink and eat the Doum palm fruits. In addition to elephants, lions and leopards are often seen at the edge of the river very close to the lodge. After lunch and check-in we will head out on safari. Dinner at the lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 11-12 – SAMBURU

Two full days of safari both morning and evening. The Uaso Nyiro River with its many crocodiles is a lifeline for this part of Kenya. The river and its shady trees have resulted in a rich flora and fauna and a number of rare animal species that can only be found here. Buffalo, waterbuck, elephant, giraffes and zebras also wander from the surrounding savannah to the river. This is one of the reasons that the area is considered very good for watching and photographing leopard and lion. We also have great chances to photograph spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox and large herds of elephants. In the evening, we will have a nice final dinner together and Tom will present the trip’s best picture. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – SAMBURU – NAIROBI

In the morning we head out on our last safari.  We will then return to Nairobi to fly back home. On the way, it will be a last experience when we stay at a tree-restaurant for lunch. In the surrounding trees there are a lot of monkeys who often like to come close to snatch some leftover food if possible. This allows you get great action shots of the monkeys. (B, L)

International airfare to Kenya is not included. Since many of our costumers prefer to book their flights on their own, we have decided to not include the airfares in our price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you arrange all your flights.


DAY 1 – NAIROBI TO MASAI MARA

We meet up at the domestic airport in Nairobi in the morning for a flight to a local air strip in the middle of Masai Mara. At the airport you will meet Tom and Zoom’s travel host.

Upon arrival to Masai Mara we check in at Ngenche Safari Camp where we will spend the next four nights. The camp is located in the heart of the park just where the Talek and Mara River meet which is very practical when going on safaris. Directly after lunch we head on our first safari in Masai Mara. A welcome dinner will be served on the lodge in the evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 2 – 4 – MASAI MARA

During our days in Masai Mara, it is full focus on one of the world’s most magnificent spectacles – The Big Migration. We follow one of the world’s largest animal migrations when millions of wildebeest, zebras and Thomson gazelles move from the Serengeti plain in the south to Masai Mara. You have probably seen a documentary with images when thousands of wildebeest pass over rivers filled with crocodiles. This is one of the greatest natural experiences you can witness, a powerful spectacle and a photo memory for life. Aside from the migrating animals, there are nearly 100 different species of mammals to capture in the national park, including large predators like the lion and cheetah. In the park there are no fewer than 570 registered bird species. This will undoubtedly be one of your best safari experiences. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – MASAI MARA TO RIFT VALLEY

The journey continues into the spectacular Rift Valley. Our destination is Lake Elementeita where in the afternoon we will photograph the biggest Pelican colony in Kenya. Overnight at Mbweha Camp. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – RIFT VALLEY TO RHINO SAFARI.

Early in the morning, we will do a morning safari in Sai Samba Reserve before we leave for Rhino Watch Safari Lodge, located in the central highlands between Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya. The lodge, which will be our base for four nights, offers a magnificent view of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya. Surrounded by three national parks, it is the ideal place for photo tours in different environments. These parks are the best places in the world to observe rhino. One big advantage is that we can be in the parks all day long from early morning to late afternoon.

This afternoon we visiting Solio Game Reserve, a privately owned Wildlife Conservancy focused on the preservation of rhinoceros. There is no better place in the world to observe rhinoceros than right here, Solio. Other animals we encounter here are prides of lion, herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, antelope, gazelle, impala anger waterbuck. One special note about the park, is that it holds over 40 lions that often come very close to the tour. (B, L, D)

DAY 7-9 – SOLIO GAME RESERVE

We will visit Solio Game Reserve twice a day. Lunch and dinner at the lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 – TO RHINO SAFARI TO SAMBURU

In the morning we continue on to Samburu in northern Kenya. Here we will stay two nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp, located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. This exclusive tent camp is considered a jewel in Samburu National Reserve. The camp is surrounded by rocky mountains and the land is largely covered by dry bush vegetation that passes along the river into lush greenery. The park is home to large herds of elephant coming to the river to swim, drink and eat the Doum palm fruits. In addition to elephants, lions and leopards are often seen at the edge of the river very close to the lodge. After lunch and check-in we will head out on safari. Dinner at the lodge. (B, L, D)

DAY 11-12 – SAMBURU

Two full days of safari both morning and evening. The Uaso Nyiro River with its many crocodiles is a lifeline for this part of Kenya. The river and its shady trees have resulted in a rich flora and fauna and a number of rare animal species that can only be found here. Buffalo, waterbuck, elephant, giraffes and zebras also wander from the surrounding savannah to the river. This is one of the reasons that the area is considered very good for watching and photographing leopard and lion. We also have great chances to photograph spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox and large herds of elephants. In the evening, we will have a nice final dinner together and Tom will present the trip’s best picture. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – SAMBURU – NAIROBI

In the morning we head out on our last safari.  We will then return to Nairobi to fly back home. On the way, it will be a last experience when we stay at a tree-restaurant for lunch. In the surrounding trees there are a lot of monkeys who often like to come close to snatch some leftover food if possible. This allows you get great action shots of the monkeys. (B, L)

SAVE THE WILDLIFE

SAVE THE WILDLIFE

This journey is a “Save the Wildlife” tour, which means that nature conservation will be highlighted to spread more knowledge about this important subject. This is needed to help fight back against the Illegal hunting of lions, elephants and rhinoceros which today is a great threat to the survival of these species.

Rhinoceros are slaughtered by poachers for the sake of their horns, elephants for their tusks, but even lions are threatened by poachers. Today there are less than 2,000 lions in Kenya and a total of just under 35,000 in all of Africa. Only in Kenya, round 100 lions are killed a year. It is therefore necessary to put a stop the poaching.

During this trip, we will learn more about this and to learn what is being done to save the animals. During our visit to the Solero Game Reserve we will meet rangers and others working for the conservation of rhinoceros and in Ol Pejeta Conservancy we will see the last three northern white rhinoceros in the world. The tour will provide unique opportunities to photograph these magnificent animals in their proper environment while learning about nature conservation.

Zoom Photo Tours also contributes financially by supporting a conservation organization and also by donating equipment.

HOTELS & LODGES

NGENCHE SAFARI CAMP****

Located inside the national park, right by the Talek and Mara River lies Ngenche Safari Camp. The camp offers 10 elegantly furnished tents with large beds, bathroom with bathtub and toilet and an outdoor shower. In front of the tents there is a private terrace with a private jacuzzi where you can relax after the day’s safaris. The lodge also has a very nice restaurant and a bar. Free Wi-Fi.

http://www.atua-enkop.com/#!mara-ngenche-safari-camp/cb9k

MBWEHA CAMP****

Mbweha Camp is nestled up against the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park with beautiful views over the Eburru and Mau ranges. 10 Rustic lava-stone cottages with thatched roofs are surrounded by euphorbia candelabra, yellow barked acacia and other indigenous trees. The lodge offers a spacious open sided dining & lounge area and free WI-FI

www.atua-enkop.com/mbweha-camp

RHINO WATCH SAFARI LODGE****

Rhino Watch Safari Lodge is located in the Central Kenyan Highlands with stunning views of Mount Kenya. The lodge is surrounded by no less than three reserves, and it is therefore an ideal base for safaris. Rhino Watch Safari Lodge offers seven carefully decorated rooms as well as eight exclusive African-style tents with private toilet / shower and a large terrace in front of each tent. At the lodge there is also a restaurant, bar, gift shop and spa treatments and an outdoor pool. The lodge also has free Wi-Fi.

www.rhinowatchlodge.com

ELEPHANT BEDROOM CAMP****

This tent camp is located directly at the Ewaso Nyiro River and surrounded by Samburu National Reserve. Elephant Bedroom Camp is a first class lodge with twelve exclusive tents with its own toilet / shower and a porch with a jacuzzi. The lounge and restaurant are decorated in safari style, and the large terrace overlooking the river and all its animals is the ultimate place for relaxation between safaris. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility.

www.atua-enkop.com/#!elephant-bedroom-camp/cunp

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICE

Price per person: USD 7 750

Included:

  • Domestic flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara.
  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in shared double room.
 Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Safaris according to the itinerary.
  • Participation by Tom Svensson during the entire trip.
  • Workshops by Tom Svensson during the trip.
  • Local rangers during all safaris.
  • A tour leader from Zoom Photo Tours.
  • Various conservation activities and lectures during the tour.
  • Hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement. USD 1 500
  • Return flight to Kenya.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tips to the rangers. Approximately USD 10 / day.
  • Travel insurance. For details see our website.
Any other item not mentioned as included.

FLIGHTS

International airfare to Nairobi is not included in the price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you arrange all your flights. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order to for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer our groups are always small. On this tour the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 12.

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR camera.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses up to a 500 mm.
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award-winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters making sure you are having the best possible experience during your journey.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions, please click here.

Photo: Tom Svensson and Hans Elmqvist

PRICE

Price per person: USD 7 750

Included:

  • Domestic flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara.
  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in shared double room.
 Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Safaris according to the itinerary.
  • Participation by Tom Svensson during the entire trip.
  • Workshops by Tom Svensson during the trip.
  • Local rangers during all safaris.
  • A tour leader from Zoom Photo Tours.
  • Various conservation activities and lectures during the tour.
  • Hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement. USD 1 500
  • Return flight to Kenya.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tips to the rangers. Approximately USD 10 / day.
  • Travel insurance. For details see our website.
Any other item not mentioned as included.

FLIGHTS

International airfare to Nairobi is not included in the price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you arrange all your flights. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order to for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer our groups are always small. On this tour the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 12.

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR camera.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses up to a 500 mm.
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award-winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters making sure you are having the best possible experience during your journey.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions, please click here.

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