THE MARA: WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPES OF EAST AFRICA
January 4, 2021 - January 12, 2021
“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne—bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” – Karen Blixen
Fly directly to Kenya’s Maasai Mara and spend four nights in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy at one of the most sought-after tented camps for big cat viewing, Porini Lion Camp. Want to see a pride of lions? Photograph wildebeests or giraffes silhouetted by the sunrise? Witness a cheetah chasing its dinner? It’s all there, waiting for you.
Porini’s guides are renowned in their knowledge of the land and the animals to take you to just the right spot to help you get the photographs you dream about . . . and can’t wait to show off.
From Porini, the adventure continues at Karen Blixen Safari Camp in the Mara North Conservancy, where you’ll spend three nights in tented luxury on the banks of the Mara River. In between game drives, you can relax at the pool, get a massage, or kick back with a gin and tonic while you watch elephants, hippos, and other animals sip and dip into the river.
It sounds incredible because it is incredible—and you should experience it for yourself.
While there is no guarantee of seeing all the animals, you’ll photograph lions, leopards, zebra, buffalo, giraffes, elephants, hippos, wildebeests, hyenas, gazelles, warthogs, among many others. For you birders, the Mara offers some of the most beautiful winged creatures I’ve ever seen.
If safari is on your wishlist, I promise you it’s worth it. There’s nothing else in the world like it.
To ensure that everyone has the best photographic experience possible, this safari is limited to eight participants. To secure your spot, contact me.
Price for this safari is $8250 USD. For more information on what’s included, see below.
4 JANUARY, 2021 – EKA HOTEL, Nairobi
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), your driver will meet you and take you to the nearby Eka Hotel for the night. That jet lag isn’t going to cure itself!
5 JANUARY, 2021 – PORINI LION CAMP, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara
After what is hopefully a good night’s sleep, pack up and meet me in the main hotel restaurant for a delicious buffet breakfast. During breakfast, I’ll provide a brief overview of what you can expect, followed by a departure from the hotel at 8:30 am to Wilson domestic airport. You’ll enjoy a scenic 50-minute flight over the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, arriving at Porini Lion Camp in time for a late lunch. You’ll have the afternoon to get settled in your tent and then we’ll head out in private open-sided 4×4 vehicles for an evening game drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, followed by a sundowner (weather permitting) at a scenic spot.
If you’re not familiar with a sundowner, it’s an open-field happy hour. But on the Mara, every hour is happy.
6–8 JANUARY, 2021 — PORINI LION CAMP
We’ll spend these three days exploring the Mara, including morning and evening game drives, bush breakfasts, and sundowners. In addition to the incredible lion sightings, one of my favorite things about Porini is the bucket showers. When we return to camp in the evening, you’ll get a chance to enjoy one, hand-prepared just for you. It truly is one of my favorite camp experiences.
9–11 JANUARY, 2021 — KAREN BLIXEN SAFARI CAMP
Following breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes to the Porini warriors and head toward the western side of the Mara to the Karen Blixen Safari Camp, arriving in time for lunch. You’ll have time to settle into your tented home for the next three days, relax, and process some of your images before we head out for our evening game drive.
We’ll spend the next three days enjoying morning and evening game drives, sundowners, and chats around the fireplace before dinner.
12 JANUARY, 2021 – DAYROOMS AT EKA HOTEL / DEPART
Before we head back to Nairobi, you can enjoy an optional early morning game drive or a leisurely breakfast. We’ll head to the airstrip and when we land at Wilson Airport, our drivers will take us back to the Eka Hotel for a dayroom and a late lunch. You are welcome to rest, swim, and re-pack your gear before your driver takes you to Nairobi International airport for your evening flight home.
Included in this safari:
- All en-suite accommodations (based on double occupancy) and all meals per the itinerary.
- Exclusive transport in 4×4 vehicles with a pop-up roof and guaranteed window seat.
- Services of excellent English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable of the local region and culture.
- Long-range radio communication (and access to mobile phone) for the duration of the trip.
- Domestic flights from Nairobi – Mara – Nairobi.
- Complimentary bottled drinking water.
- Bar beverages at Porini Lion and Karen Blixen Camp.
- All park entry fees, conservation fees, entrance fees, airport transfers, and departure taxes.
- Complete pre-departure information including packing lists, customized trip itinerary, and flight details.
- International airfare.
- Travel/medical/cancellation/interruption insurance.
- Passport fees, malaria pills, and Tourist Entry Visa.
- Gratuities for drivers and any optional excursions.
- Souvenirs, soft drinks, bar beverages (in Nairobi), laundry, email, phone, and items of a personal nature.
If you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. Please contact me for additional details. I hope to see you on the Mara!