Explore the unimaginable

Kenya - The Great Migration

 

Tour overview

Don’t just tour Kenya. Photo tour Kenya!

The sensational Maasai Mara is an impressive wilderness on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. The Masaai Mara, or Mara as locals say, is one of those places that should top every landscape photographer’s list. So let’s go!

Perhaps best known from the BBC’s “Big Cat Diary”, the Mara is home to impressive lion prides, stealthy cheetahs, agile leopards and, of course, the core of the photo tour – the Great Migration.

Over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle take part in the yearly migration. It leads them from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania directly across the Serengeti to here: the Maasai Mara.

A pinnacle of what is truly an incredible spectacle happens the million-strong herd make the Mara River crossing, done whilst thousands of crocs lie in wait. This battle for life and death is one of the most breathtaking phenomena in the animal kingdom.

  A sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Masaai Mara: experience the unparalleled beauty of millions of animals from a birds eye perspective...

  With some luck, we will witness "the crossing", the moment thousands of zebra and wildebeest take the plunge – literally - into the Mara River, hungry crocodiles in wait...

  Off-road permits allow us to get as close as possible to the animals in their natural habitat. This will enable us to get the best angle and make use of the best light...

  Accommodation in secluded 5 star luxury lodges and tented camps. Enjoy the sound of silence (and the roar of lions) and live in the beauty of  millions of stars strewn across the night sky...

  Feel like you’re living out the BBC's “Big Cat Diary” as we drive through the open plains, in search of the King of the Jungle...

Included:

  All accommodation (based on twin-share rooms) from the day you arrive until the day you leave

  4 nights in a remote 5 star tented safari camp in the middle of the Masaai Mara

  4 nights in a remote 5 star luxury safari lodge in the heart of the Masaai Mara

  All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)

  All drinks, both alcoholic (basic beers, wines and spirits) and non-alcoholic

  Private local transportation, including 4x4, private plane and hot air balloon

  Entry fees to all national parks, game reserves and conservation areas

  Your private photo guide, with daily one-on-one photo reviews and education

  The Krijn van der Giessen photography “Guide to Utimate Wildlife & Nature Photography"

Not included:

  International flights to and from Nairobi

  Visa

  Tips for local guides

  Spending money for personal expenses

  Premium wines, beers & spirits

  Travel insurance (compulsory for all participants)

  Photography equipment (you can make use of our loan equipment - first come, first serve)

Details will follow soon

How experienced do I need to be?

It doesn’t matter! Our tours are all about the nature, wildlife and photography, and we travel with guests of all skill-levels. Whether you are a pro or just a beginner, we would love to have you on one of our Photo Tours!

We take the necessary time to teach you how to take the perfect wildlife and nature photos. We only start taking snaps ourselves when all of our guests are happy and comfortable with their own cameras. Until that moment, we are there to support you and give you advice!

When you book your Photo Tour with us, you will receive our “Guide to Ultimate Wildlife & Nature Photography", which will help you prepare for the trip of a lifetime. On the first night of the actual trip we will issue the same in a hard copy version – it’ll come in handy when we are out in the bush!

My partner doesn't take photos. Can he/she come along?

Although our Photo Tours are, as the name suggests, centred around photography, we would absolutely love to welcome your partner if he or she would like to join us.

However, it is important to note that the focus of our tour guides will be on those who are taking photos. That said, with the stunning surroundings in which we’ll be immersed, the tours are just as enjoyable for those who don’t want to take photos all the time.

Besides this, we will have the loan equipment with us as well. If it’s not already in use, we can guarantee you that your partner won’t be able to resist the temptation of trying to take some shots him/herself as well!

What do I need to bring?

There are some key items you have to bring, such as your camera gear, clothing suitable for the season of the tour, and some other basic items. When you book your Photo Tour with us, we will send you a packing list based on the specific tour, which will help you prepare and ensure nothing is left behind.

I don't have my own camera gear.

You don’t need professional camera gear to join our Photo Tour. However, a DSLR camera with zoom lens will come in very handy.

Remember, you can use our loan equipment (a canon DSLR body, free of charge!) and play with our professional lenses on our tours. Please let us know before you book if you would like to borrow a camera, since we only have limited availability and don’t want to disappoint anybody.

Last but not least, we also have guests joining our tours who don’t take photos at all. They just join us for the amazing nature, fabulous atmosphere and once-in-a-lifetime experience!

How do I book my Photo Tour?

Simply contact us via one of the options below:

– Send an email to info@krijnvandergiessen.com

– Call us on +791 5 66 263 831 (I’m a Dubai-based photographer, so the number calls out to Dubai. Please feel free to use FaceTime if you want to avoid the call fees)

– Fill out this contact form

Once you’ve let us know you are interested, we will send you all the information you need to book your Photo Tour!

Are Photo Tours safe?

Absolutely. Photo Tours are safe as long as you listen to the professional guides and rangers. They are in charge on our tours. Keep in mind that we are in nature and animals can always behave in an unpredictable way, but risks are kept to a minimum wherever possible.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us so we can personally answer any questions you may have about safety.

I travel alone. Do I have to share a room?

You don’t have to share a room, but it is the standard option for our tours. If you’d prefer a room to yourself, this will come at an additional cost. Please refer to the pricing section of each specific Photo Tour for full details.

We do recommend sharing a room with someone else. We’ve learnt from experience that people sharing a room develop a very special friendship. Sharing such an amazing trip with someone you don’t know creates a bond you won’t experience if you opt to stay by yourself.

Room-mates are always chosen based primarily on gender, but we can’t guarantee same-sex sharing as this depends on the mix of guests with which we will travel.

When do I have to pay for my Photo Tour?

To secure your spot on one of our Photo Tours, an initial payment of 20% is due. A further 30% is due 180 days prior to the tour, and the remaining 50% is due 90 days prior to departure. Paid amounts are non-refundable.

What brands of camera do you support?

We make use of Canon camera gear ourselves, but we welcome all brands of cameras on our tours. CanonNikonSony or any other brand – they’re all welcome with us!

Which languages do you speak?


English is the main language of our tours. Since we travel with people from all over the world, it is important to have a basic understanding of the English language (it is the most universal and easily accepted for this type of adventure). Since Krijn is from a Dutch heritage, he is fluent in Dutch as well.

We start where others stop:

The reasons why you should join one of our Photo Tours are endless. When you travel with us, you are guaranteed loads of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We focus fully on photography, and pride ourselves on the fact that we start where others stop.

Personal:

We travel in small groups (8 people maximum, though smaller) of like-minded photographers. This ensures plenty of focus on you as an individual, and gives us the opportunity to ensure you’ll always have a window seat in our vehicles. We book small and exclusive accommodation which allows for uninterrupted views and plenty of candid photography opportunities.

Superb hospitality:

We absolutely love great food and luxury accommodation, so our Photo Tours are filled with it! Your personal photographic guide Krijn doesn’t have the title of the best photo tour operator for nothing. Although he has over 15 years experience as a nature, wildlife and culture photographer, Krijn also has over a decade of international hospitality management under his belt.

For these reasons combined we go the extra mile to ensure we stay in unique lodges and serve up something delicious and, where possible, local. Picture seafood buffets on the beach, spit grills in the bush, home-made breads and some great bottles of wine and you’ll get an idea of the food we usually enjoy. We also cater to any dietary needs and requirements you may have.

Experienced:

We always travel with local and highly experienced guides and rangers. This not only ensures you will be treated to the finest and ‘off the beaten track’ locations, but it also gives us the opportunity to customise the experience for you.

Learn from Krijn's experience as travel photographer. In the past years he travelled through over 50 countries, in search of the perfect photos and exciting new locations for our photo tours.

Professional:

At the end of each day, we will share our opinion about the photos taken that day. Professional advice is given to help you improve your skills, or just to help you get that second pair of eyes to encourage a different angle. How much advice you’d like to receive, as well as how in-depth you’d like to go is completely up to you.

Fun:

Our tours are mainly focused on photography, but what is life without a bit of fun? It’s one of the most important reasons we
want you to travel with us! Together we will share our experiences around a bonfire, we’ll shoot star trails, engage in light painting, fly in open-door helicopters and, once the day is done, unwind with a hot beverage and a board game or two.

Sustainable & ethical:

Sustainable travel is key: wherever we go, we only leave our footprints. As much as possible, we try to offset carbon emissions
and work together with local specialists. Besides that, we believe in ethical travel: we never feed animals to lure them in our direction, but rather go to areas with naturally high animal populations.

All skill levels:

We love to travel with all levels of photographers, from beginners to experts. At the end of the day it is all about the overall experience, and not about how good your photography skills may be. We encourage the group to assist each other in attempting and experimenting with new techniques. Krijn will personally help you become a more confident photographer – building on your strengths and helping you improve your weak points.

REGISTER INTEREST

Register your interest for this Photo Tour now! As this is a very popular Photo Tour, spaces fill up fast once the dates are announced. By registering your interest you will be the first to know when bookings open. Please note there will be NO obligation to book this tour by registering your interest.

Map with locations of the Kenya Photo Tour - Krijn van der Giessen Photography

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

“TO SEE THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL IS MESMERIZING TO SAY AT LEAST!”

 
 

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