The official announcement

The big cats, the Masai and the angels of Kibera

A wildlife, cultural and humanitarian photography trip

Trip photographer and safari leader : Nicolas Lotsos

( 2 spots available)

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We are extremely happy to announce that we have booked an incredible package with outstanding quality in accommodation at an unbeatable price.

Overview of the trip

May 31 – June 9, 2013

 

Spider awards winner – Photographer of the year Nicolas Lotsos  will lead a small group of photographers to the most renowned wildlife paradise on earth, the Masai Mara in Kenya.

This safari combines unmatched opportunities for stunning wildlife photography with accommodation of the highest standards in two of the best lodges in all the Masai Mara reserve.

We have specifically chosen two areas (Naboisho conservancy and Mara confluence)   that have the highest density in wildlife combining night and walking safaris with off-road driving as well as great river sightings. This is truly two of the best locations with two of the best lodges in Mara offering outstanding possibilities to view and photograph some of the best wildlife in the world.

But it is not all about wildlife. As in all our trips in Africa, this trip is also built on a triple axis, wildlife, cultural and humanitarian photography. A combination that is never offered in any photography safari workshop.  We will visit villages to photograph the indigenous culture of the Masai people and we will donate goods to schools and orphanages while trying to photograph the hope of life in the astonishing slums of Kibera. 

 

Safari & trip highlights

• Never before a photo safari has been offered that combines wildlife cultural humanitarian photography in one trip
• For the first time a photo safari has been offered, combining two of the highest quality lodges in Africa, in such a price
• Nicolas Lotsos has traveled extensively in Africa and has been a recipient of multiple international awards most notably for his images of Africa. Gold winner in wildlife (Spider awards – The Hunt), Gold winner in Nature (PX3 awards – Savanna series), Bronze winner in People & life (IPA awards – Zanzibar). See more here.
• Unique accommodation in two award winning lodges.
• Personal butler for each tent
• Private vehicles for the safari game drives, with only 1 person per row of seating (the vehicles have 3 rows behind the driver
• Best season to visit the Masai Mara. Very few vehicles, lush green valleys after the long rains promise unparalleled scenic views
• Two different conservancies with the highest wildlife density per square feet than anywhere else in East Africa.
• Safari is limited to 10 participants, plus two photographers trip leaders.
• Unlike ordinary safari tours, we spent time in the sightings in order to accomplish the best photographs possible
• Award winning Naboisho camp being outside of the Mara confluence allows for off road driving, night game drives, walking safaris
• Award winning Rekero camp situated in the most prolific location of all Mara camps at the banks of Talek river. Spectacular camp animals view stopping over the river. Rekero’s guiding team was voted Best guiding team in Africa at the safari awards.
• Extra luggage allowances to accommodate our photographic equipment. The Nairobi-Mara flights allow for an average of 15 kilos per person. You will have 30kg per person.
• Unique opportunity to visit Masai villages and photograph the indigenous inhabitants of the savanna and shoot alongside with Nicolas as he repeats another shooting for his award winning “Masai Typology”
• Never offered before, a unique opportunity to visit the biggest slums in Nairobi, Kibera. Accompanied with local community leaders we will visit the Kibera slums for photo shooting and food donations. A lifetime experience that is never offered in any safari photo tour. (see here our reports from our previous visits)

 

 

About the photography workshop in the trip

This photo safari trip is for photographers of all levels, inexperienced and experienced alike. We also welcome non-photographing companions too. This photo trip will appeal to anyone with a love for animals, nature and philanthropy with offering a helping hand to the kids of the slums.

This is not an official workshop with lectures, slideshows etc. It is us talking about photography whenever we feel like. There are no strict schedules or anything. We will have free time for photography talks every day between our game drives. We will provide any help needed from equipment and technique advices, to composition, light   and visualization of the picture all the way to specific tips and advices for post processing and presentation. And all these will take place in our open lounge area with views to the savanna. Can’t get better than this.

Our aim is to help people to capture a great photo of great wildlife in their own environment, a beautiful portrait, a moment in time. With provided one on one attention, this trip will aim that everyone will return home with lots of beautiful photos and a great once in life time experience.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1: May 31st

Nairobi, Hotel Ole Sereni

We will be picked up from Nairobi Airport upon arrival by our driver and representative and transport onto the Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi where we will all meet and introduce ourselves.

Ole Sereni Hotel is ideally located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi overlooking the Nairobi Game Park. It is situated minutes away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and Wilson Airport. The hotel rooms offer the very best in comfort, convenience and efficiency. See more for Ole Sereni hotel here

Day 2-5:  June 1st – June 4th 

Naboisho lodge

Early in the morning of June 1st, (10:00am) we will be transferred to Wilson Airport where we will take a 45 minute a flight to our camp in the Masai Mara. We will arrive in time for a camp welcome and introduction, lunch and embark on our first afternoon drive.

 

A day at Naboisho

starts with an early morning rise. We will wake up before sunrise just in time to have a quick bite before we head out with our vehicles to catch the early morning action. Magical moments will be unfold in front of our eyes  as we will track and follow the animals in the soft morning light.  During our morning drive, guides will pick the perfect spot to stop for a quick coffee before we return to the camp for a shower and branch. We will have free time for leisure rest or photography talks before our lunch. There will be a couple of hours rest before we head out again for our afternoon game drive.  Again we will track the animals, this time with stunning African sunsets as backdrops. We will stop for sundowners with drinks and snacks and we will continue following the predators as the night unfolds and they get ready for actions. Being in a conservancy like Naboisho, outside of the center of the mara,  means that we can stay out and follow the action for as long as we want. At one point we will return to the camp. We will sit around the camp fire and we will share stories.

Then we will be served dinner under the African skies hearing the sounds of the African savanna. Moments like that stay with us forever.

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About Naboisho camp

Naboisho camp has only eight luxurious tented suites that offer private facilities and king-size beds, with large screen windows to let the sights and sounds of the Kenyan wilderness astound you at every turn. The intimate size of the camp has a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere and very personal service. The spacious tents have been designed combining the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel. All luxury tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and indoor and outdoor bush showers. Each luxury safari tent also has a large verandah with a day bed for relaxing after game drives and is attended by a personal butler. A thatched lounge and dining area with wooden decks provide a great vantage point out onto a watering hole. High levels of personalized service, along with a team that have worked together for many years, create a very warm and friendly atmosphere in this camp.

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Naboisho camp is an award winner of the 2013 safari awards at he category “Best new camp in Africa

 

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Naboisho secrets

Naboisho conservancy has the highest wildlife density per square feet than anywhere else in East Africa. It is currently home to 4 prides of lions consisting of 59 individuals.

In the Naboisho conservancy there are only 3 more camps which ensures the low numbers of vehicles around animal sights.

During our stay there we will also experience a real highlight of the camp which is the very high quality and often action-packed walking safari.

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Day 5-9

June 4th – June 8th

Rekero camp

The rise of June 4th will find us out in the bush again for our last game drive in Naboisho conservancy. We will return for breakfast, prepare our stuff and get ready for our transfer to the legendary Rekero camp. For the next four days Rekero will be our base camp in the Mara. According to all the reputable sites, Rekero is what it may be the finest camp in Mara combining unsurpassed guiding, action packed location and great service.

It is the best situated of all the camps in the area, settled amongst a stand of riverine forest on the banks of the Talek river with front view of the animals stopping over.

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The camp caters for nine tents, laid out under shady trees along the river’s edge.

The spacious tents have been designed combining the traditional bush style with a fresh modern feel. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and showers.

Each tent also has a large verandah with a day bed for relaxing after game drives and is attended by a personal butler.

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The camp has two common areas under canvas for guest dining and relaxation. The larger area is surrounded by shady trees and lush lawn while the smaller area is built on a platform extending over the river bank.

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The camp game drives  are backed by an expert team of professional Masai safari guides who were recently named as the ‘Best Guiding Team in Africa’ .

Rekero camp is an award winner of the 2013 safari awards at the categoryBest safari property in East Africa”

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A day at Rekero

starts with an early morning rise. We will wake up before sunrise just in time to have a quick bite before we head out with our vehicles to catch the early morning action. Magical moments will be unfold in front of our eyes  as we will track and follow the animals in the soft morning light.  During our morning drive, guides will pick the perfect spot to stop for a quick coffee before we return to the camp for a shower and branch. We will have free time for leisure rest or photography talks before our lunch. There will be a couple of hours rest before we head out again for our afternoon game drive.  Again we will track the animals, this time with stunning African sunsets as backdrops. We will stop for sundowners with drinks and snacks and we will continue following the predators as the night unfolds and they get ready for actions.

It is possible to arrange full day photographic expeditions with picnic boxes and cold drinks provided from our sef.

Like in Naboisho we will visit a local masai village to photograph and talk with the Masai people. My award winning series “The Masai Typolgy” was shot in similar visits in Masai villages around Africa.

Both camp amenities consists of en suite bathrooms, Flush toilets, In-room lockable box,  Laundry service, Power: solar and generator  , Battery charging facilities

Optional Excursion

There is an optional excursion of a  Hot air balloon ride at sunrise with a champagne breakfast over the plains of the Masai Mara, at  extra cost

June 8th – June 9th

Nairobi . Visit at the schools of Kibera

We have our last three hour morning drive before returning to camp at 9:00 for breakfast then at 11:00 am we’ll catch our return flight to Nairobi.

Arrive at Ole Sereni Hotel for refreshments or lunch then get picked up to for our unique slum tour. On the way we will stop by a market place to buy some basic food donations.

We will spend the next 3 hours visiting school/orphanages in  Kibera. We will walk in the streets of the biggest slum in East Africa accompanied by guides and community leaders and we will feel safe.  It is an experience can not be described in words. It is a place where life tries to thrive under the most dreadful living conditions. And there live the most adorable smiley little angels that will steal your hearts away. You will never forget Kibera.  

Late at the afternoon we will return to our Hotel room to just relax or get some late lunch before heading for Nairobi Airport for our late evening International flights home. June 9th we will be back home. 

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Unbeatable price for such a trip

We are simply talking about a 9 day triple axis photography trip combining two of the most award winning lodges in Africa, in a unique first time price of 4.600 usd per person all inclusive.

(aprx 3.520 euros)

The cost of  $. 4.600 USD  includes

  • Greeting and pick up at Nairobi Airport
  • Transport from the Airport to the hotel in Nairobi
  • One night stay at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi
  • Breakfast at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi
  • Transport to Wilson Airport for Safari Flight
  • Flights to and from the Masai Mara from Wilson airport
  • Extra luggage allowance (we arranged for 30 kg pp instead of 15kg)
  • Three nights accommodation at Naboisho (Asilia Africa camps)
  • Four nights accommodation at Rekkero Camp (Asilia Africa camps)
  • Transportation from Naboisho to Rekero
  • all meals for all days in both Camps
  • Local alcoholic beverages coffees, refreshment drinks at both camps
  • private 4X4 safari vehicles and guides for game drives
  • two game drives per day
  • night safaris
  • walking safaris
  • all park fees for all days in both Camps
  • Medical evacuation insurance
  • All Laundry at Safari camps
  • Half day stay at Nairobi Ole Sereni hotel at the day of the flight
  • Full day use of Vehicle in Nairobi
  • Humanitarian Tour for donation at Nairobi Kibera Slums
  • Transport to Nairobi Airport for final flight home

Cost does not include

  • International flights
  • Kenya visa ($50)
  • Meals and beverages at Ole Sereni
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides
  • The price is per person sharing a room. A single supplement option is available at extra cost per night.
  • Masai village visits requires a fee of 30-50 usd per person. This money support the Masai community.

 Optional

There is the option to stay for one more night in Nairobi at the end of our trip. That is in case you want to spend an extra day with the kids in Kibera. Let us know and we will notify you for the cost.

How to Book:

Bookings can be secured with a  €500/ deposit per person.

To reserve a place on this safari please email me at [email protected] or [email protected] and I will give you instructions.

All booking will be made and secured by Africa Odyssey.

For any further info or questions please don’t hesitate to email me.

Due to very short time, the balance should be deposit 30 days before departure. It can be paid through visa card or through bank wire transfer. All info will be provided by Africa Odyssey. 

Financial Protection 

All Payments for the safari are made to Africa Odyssey an ATOL bonded tour operator (ATOL 5397), which means that your holidays are financially protected. Africa Odyssey is one of the UK’s premier African tour operators. (http://www.africaodyssey.com)

About Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa is an innovative eco-tourism company whose mission is to conserve and expand pristine natural habitats, and the wildlife these areas support. Without compromising on quality or experience, their lodges and camps answer to the highest demands on eco-tourism. (http://www.asiliaafrica.com)

Member of ATTA No.20512 (Africa Travel and Tourism Association)

Earlier this year Asilia Africa became the first Safari/Lodge Company in Africa to achieve a 5 Star GIIRS Sustainability Rating. 

Asilia is an award winner of the 2013 Safari awards at the category “Best safari accommodation group in Africa

About Africa Odyssey

Africa Odyssey is the culmination of decades of travel knowledge and long safari experience. The managing director, Marc Harris, is a director of the African Travel and Tourism Association and a judge of the Good Safari Guide.

Africa Odyssey is an ATOL bonded tour operator (ATOL 5397), which means that your safari holiday and payments are 100% protected.

 

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