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Spend a week with world-renowned 'Big Cat' cameraman and photographer Warren Samuels to capture the Masai Mara’s incredibly prolific wildlife and stay in one of the best locations in the Reserve.

Exploring with Warren and being able to access his specialist knowledge and vast experience allows you to hone your wildlife photography skills under his expert guidance and tuition, and will leave you with a photographic record of excellent images.  

Warren knows the Mara and its wildlife intimately, so you are guaranteed excellent sightings. On game drives the emphasis will always be on the photography of big cats, yet there will inevitably be opportunities to photograph and/or film the Mara’s many other animals, as well as the 500 or so species of birds found here.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Nairobi, fly to Masai Mara

    On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to Wilson Domestic Airport. Fly by light aircraft to Musiara airstrip (around 45 minutes) in the Masai Mara, where vehicles will meet the flight and drive the short distance to your accommodation. Once you have settled in and had an introductory briefing, the rest of the morning is free to relax until lunch. In the afternoon you head out in four-wheel-drive safari vehicles for your first game drive, returning in time for dinner.  

    Accommodation: Governors’ Private Camp, 6-nights

  3. Days 3-7 : Vehicle safaris & photography tuition

    During your stay the rhythm of each day is similar, an early morning game drive accompanied by Warren, with a picnic breakfast out in the bush, before returning to camp for lunch, after which there is time to relax, read, write your journal, download photos or take a siesta until mid-afternoon tea. You set off again for a late afternoon game drive that lasts until sunset, returning to camp in time for dinner. 

    Each day’s itinerary is deliberately kept as flexible as possible to take full advantage of whatever photographic highlights present themselves.

    Our October departure coincides with the Great Migration, an astonishing sight when huge herds of wildebeest and zebra travel to the Mara from the now-dry Serengeti in Tanzania, in search of fresh grazing. All the while the region's big cats are waiting to prey on the weak in the herds - an incredible wildlife experience and an excellent photographic opportunity. 

    During your stay you can enjoy quality time with Warren, which will include:

    • Photographic instruction in the safari vehicle each day

    • Evening slide presentations illustrating the art of taking good wildlife pictures

    • Photographic image appraisal sessions

    • Screening of wildlife documentaries that Warren has been involved in, together with a brief lecture on the making of of each particular film.

    • Extra coaching outside game drives in the camp's photo gallery.

    During photography tuition sessions, the group wil be split into two small groups, alternating between Warren and another professional photographer for a highly personalised session.

    Aside from photography, during your stay there may be an opportunity to visit a traditional Masai manyatta (additional cost, payable locally).

  4. Day 8: Fly to Nairobi

    After a final early morning activity, you transfer back to Musiara airstrip and fly by light aircraft to Nairobi Wilson airport, where you will be overnight at a nearby hotel. The evening is free to enjoy a relaxed dinner and reflect on the week's activities.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Nairobi, 1-night

  5. Day 9: Fly back to the UK

    Early this morning you will be transferred to nearby Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to check in for a daytime flight back to the UK.

You should note: There is a maximum baggage allowance of 15 kg per person on domestic flights to/from Masai Mara, including hand baggage and photographic equipment. Only soft luggage will be accepted on these flights.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £5,595 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £4,895 pp
  • Single supplement: From £500
  • Group size: 10
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights between Nairobi & Masai Mara
    • Transfers
    • 1 night hotel in Nairobi
    • 6 nights private tented camp
    • Most meals and drinks
    • Photography tuition from Warren Samuels
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking

Expert leader

Warren Samuels

Photo of Warren Samuels

Warren started out as a wildlife cameraman, living with his family in a tented camp on the banks of the Mara River, in the Masai Mara National Reserve. He spent his time working with Africa's big cats, and filming the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, as well as the area’s Masai communities.

He went on to be one of the principal cameramen to film major wildlife documentary series for the BBC such as Big Cat Diary, Big Cat Week and Big Cat Live. Warren has also worked for the BBC on other wildlife documentaries such as Human Planet, The Truth about Lions, The Secret Life of Elephants and Planet Earth Live.

Featured locations:

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary, the Masai Mara is a paradise of gently rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees. Remaining as the ancestral homelands of the Masai, a curious harmony between man and wildlife exists that allows a route for the large migrations and a home for predators and plains wildlife.

  • Where: Rift Valley Province
  • Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, leopard, lion, Thompson’s gazelle
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Vehicle safaris

Nairobi

Kenya’s bustling capital is more than just a starting point for your wildlife safari. Places to visit in the city include the Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. For those staying longer, nearby Nairobi National Park has a wide diversity of wildlife.

  • Where: Nairobi Province
  • Excellent for: City stopover
Featured accommodation:

Governors’ Private Camp

The jewel in the crown of four sister properties in the Masai Mara, Governors’ Private Camp is perfect for anyone wanting an exclusive wildlife safari experience. It occupies a perfect location overlooking the Mara River where elephants come to drink and hippo bask in the shallows.