Masai Mara & Amboseli: Icons of Africa
February 16 - 26, 2025 - SOLD OUT
February 28 - March 10 - ONLY 6 SPOTS
Masai Mara & Amboseli: Icons of Africa

Masai Mara & Amboseli: Icons of Africa
Trip Length
11 Days/10 Nights
Group Size
Only 6 Photographers
Private Row for Every Guest
February 16-26, 2025 SOLD OUT
February 28 - March 10, 2025
Single Supplement

Fitness Level
Level 1

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
Nairobi, Kenya

Special Trip Departures are valid for new trip reservations only
(no transfers)
We connect passionate people to exceptional experiences.
Legendary Masai Mara
Venture into the Masai Mara, one of the most iconic nature reserves in the world, where the African wilderness unveils its legendary tales. Here, the Big Five reign supreme, their majesty unfolding year-round. Lions roar, leopards prowl, and elephants traverse the sweeping plains. We have timed our trip during the best season for photography in the Mara. 
Amboseli's Big Tuskers
In Amboseli, the Earth touches the sky, and giants walk among us. These are the Big Tuskers, elephants with tusks of giant proportions. Amboseli is one of the last strongholds of these majestic creatures.  Capture their magnificence against the backdrop of the towering Kilimanjaro. Beyond the tuskers, Amboseli boasts a wealth of wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, and an array of birdlife.
The Big Five
Within the Masai Mara and Amboseli, we're on a mission to encounter the extraordinary. These reserves are globally renowned as prime arenas for the Big Five. The resounding roars of lions, stealthy leopards, grand elephants, colossal buffalos, and the enigmatic rhinos make this journey iconic.  This is your opportunity to capture the Big Five in two of the world's finest locations.
Safari in Luxury
Here, the wild and comfort unite seamlessly. Our chosen camps redefine luxury in the heart of the African wilderness. Gourmet dining under the stars, lavish canvas tents, and attentive staff ensure every moment is steeped in elegance. It's a safari where you revel in opulence without compromising the thrill of the wild. Your days are filled with captivating photography, and your nights with the serenity of Africa's landscapes.
Your Own Private Row
Imagine the freedom of your own spacious row in our custom photo safari vehicles, a privilege rarely found elsewhere. Unrestricted views and the perfect setup for capturing wildlife and landscapes. With no obstructions, you'll capture wildlife from all angles, never missing a moment. It's an exclusive advantage that makes your photographic experience in Amboseli and the Maasai Mara truly exceptional.
No Hassle Experience
From touchdown to takeoff, this is the epitome of an all-inclusive photographic safari. We've taken care of every detail, ensuring you can focus solely on your passion for photography. Even extra seats on internal flights are reserved for your gear, a testament to our commitment to a hassle-free experience. Your only concern will be framing that perfect shot and capturing the wonders of Amboseli and the Masai Mara.
5000+ GUESTS
Masai Mara & Amboseli
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(B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 1 (D)
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Arrive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya (NBO). Upon arrival, our team will welcome you and assist with your transfer to our arrival hotel.

In the evening, there will be a brief orientation followed by an introductory dinner.

Note: Some US flights arrive to Kenya in the late evening. If you miss the group dinner due to your flight, the hotel has options for meals at all hours (not included).
DAYS 2-4 (B, L,D)
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We will meet our safari team for a full orientation and breakfast, then, the adventure begins.

On Day 2 we'll travel to Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is home to some of Africa's largest tuskers – elephants with magnificent, long tusks.

Add in a plethora of other iconic wildlife species and the beautiful backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and you have one of Africa's best national parks.

We will spend each day on safari with our custom photography vehicles. We will search for big tuskers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and everything else in between. Get your camera ready.
DAYS 5-10 (B,L,D)
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Prepare for a journey into the heart of wild Africa as we make our way to the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Often hailed as the quintessential safari destination, the Masai Mara promises encounters like no other.

At its core, the Maasai Mara is famed for its year-round residence of the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and rhinoceros. Our photo safari is timed with a dry spell in the Mara, which leads to a high number of sightings, as animals congregate around the last remaining waterholes.

The Mara features some of the 'best landscapes' for wildlife photography as well. In these golden expanses of grasslands and acacia-studded plains, you'll have the privilege of capturing the majestic Big Five in their natural habitat.
DAY 11 (B)
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There will be a morning safari in the Mara before we transfer to a local airstrip for flights back to Nairobi at 12 pm.

We will then be transferred to our arrival hotel where we have day rooms to rest, relax, and pack for flights home. The day rooms are available until 6 pm, depending on your return flight time.

In the afternoon/evening, we will say goodbye to African and our amazing safari experience.

Transfers back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya (NBO) and flights home.
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What's Included   
  •   All listed meals and non-alcoholic beverages during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • All lodging during the workshop
  • Airport transfers
  • All Masai Mara & Amboseli permits and park fees
  • All internal flights
  • Additional luggage allocation for internal flights (up to 70 lbs total)
  • Professional photography guiding and instruction
  • Gratuity for service staff, local guide(s), and drivers 
What's Not Included   
  • Flights to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya (NBO)
  • Meals not listed as included on the itinerary
  • Lodging outside workshop dates
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs and personal items
  • Gratuity for photography guide
  • Trip Insurance (recommended) - see plans here.
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