THE AFRICAN GETAWAY AT MASAI MARA12 - 18 AUGUST 2018

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Overview

The African Getaway at Masai Mara is designed to prioritize spotting and shooting the Big Five. These are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and Black rhinoceros. Considering Ashish's know-how and expertise at The Mara, this task is completed sooner than you think (although most of these animals are also the most elusive). Not only do you shoot them in their natural habitat, but under Ashish's expert guidance, you also make images that you would love to print extra wide and adorn your home walls with. A typical photo at The Mara would be of a huge African male lion in its prime, walking at you in the setting sun through the low grass, mane flying in the wind and looking you in the eye! One of Ashish's favourite award winning images has been a full frame of a male cheetah, mid chase in full stretch. Evidently, his fondness for cheetahs arises from their uncanny attraction towards him and the top of his vehicles!

The Ashish Parmar Photography advantage is the best drivers and guides that Kenya has to offer. Our drivers and guides are routinely used by the world's best wildlife photographers as well as international travel and wildlife channels. They have been trained in the basics of wildlife photography by none other than Ashish Parmar himself, so they position the vehicle in a manner where the light, angle and lack of shadows are conducive for ideal pictures. We believe that our guests will only get their dream pictures, if they are divested of other hindrances. So our 8 seater vehicles are converted to 4 seaters and each vehicle is shared between 4 guests. This is the only way that eye level shots can be got from the windows without spraining an ankle or breaking a lens.

The most magical thing about Masai Mara is the light. The rising and setting sun throws glowing beacons across the vast untouched land. Any animal shot in the right angle in that light makes for an image that can be printed and plastered with pride across any living room. Ashish ensures that these are the kind of shots his people take home. It is said that once you've been to Africa, 'Africa gets into your blood'. This is especially true for those who have witnessed sunrises and sunsets in Africa. With Ashish Parmar Photography, you have sunrise to sunset access to the game reserve. Every morning, the African skies explode into vibrant hues of crimson, amber and golden. Every evening, the setting sun paints the skies shades of ruby red, magenta and deep purple. The vast grasslands gives the illusion of a massive drowning sun as the backdrop, with silhouettes of thorny acacia trees, thousands of wildebeests and a lone giraffe perhaps in the foreground.

You will also have great opportunities to photograph spotted hyenas lurking around a big cat's kill waiting to steal it. You might see a mating pair of ostriches, the largest living bird on Earth. The ungulates that roam these plains include Thomson's gazelles, impalas and Coke's hartebeests. Warthogs, hippopotami, vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds and lilac breasted rollers are also easily sighted and a delight to photograph.

Masai Mara is said to be a haven for passionate wildlife photographers. Be it the river crossing of thousands of migrating wildebeest or the chance of a bold cheetah using your vehicle as a termite mound. But even for non-photographers or wildlife enthusiasts, Masai Mara holds a treasure of experiences which will give anyone and everyone bragging rights abound when you return home. Through the tour, people have felt and commented about how the experience is comparable to being on a National Geographic documentary.

Please note:

The tour commences and ends at NAIROBI.

 

Travel to Masai Mara from Nairobi and back is INCLUDED in the tour cost.

 

EARLY BIRD OFFER – Book before 31st January, 2018 and avail one way charter flight tickets from Nairobi to Masai Mara for FREE!!!

DAY 1: 

  • Leave Bombay at 7.30 am (IST) by Kenya Airways. Reach Nairobi at 10.30 am (EAT – East Africa Time). We pass immigration, collect our baggage, buy SIM cards and head to a nearby departmental store to purchase snacks, rice for the bean bags, alcohol, tobacco etc.
  • Guests with charter flight tickets will be transferred to Wilson Airport to board your charters.
  • Guests who have opted for road travel will be transferred to the Mara by Land Cruisers via Great Rift Valley. Lunch en route (not in the package).
  • Check into our luxury accommodation.

DAY 2 to 6

  • For the next five days, you will be living like what you've seen on television - action and adrenalin packed encounters with the African wildlife on our sunrise to sunset game drives, in 4 x 4 Land Cruisers! This is your safari and it is done in STYLE!
  • We are usually the first ones out of the resort at 6:00am because the early vehicle catches the best sightings. From the minute we pull out of the resort gate on a chilly morning, the actions starts. From the skies bursting into myriad morning colours to the innumerable electrifying spotting and photographing moments. Every safari starts and ends with us gazing at the skies in wondrous amazement and after with many stories of that day's events.
  • Sometimes, we come back during the day for breakfast at the camp and carry packed lunch. On other days, we return to the camp for lunch.

DAY 7

  • Leave The Mara in the morning after a quick 2 hour game drive and drive/fly to Nairobi. Our lunch is at Nairobi, then we do souvenir shopping and drive to the airport. The flight to Mumbai is at 9.30 pm (EAT) and we reach Mumbai at 6.30 am (IST).



Inclusion

  • Transport from Nairobi Airport to Masai Mara and back
  • 6 nights - 5 days, twin-sharing luxury accommodation
  • All meals at the resort
  • Park fees
  • Driver fees
  • 2 litre packaged drinking water per person / per day
  • APP goodie bag!!!

Exclusions

  • Domestic airfare within your country
  • International airfare to Nairobi and back to your country
  • Visa fees (USD 50)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any vaccinations
  • Purchases at Nairobi (bean bag fillers, snacks, SIM cards etc.)
  • Tips / gratuities (we suggest a $10 per person per day to the driver)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry and phone calls
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and Lunch on Day 7
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list

Payment Terms


  • USD 1,500 advance (for confirmation of participation in the tour)
  • USD 1,500 (45 days before start date of the tour)
  • Remaining to be paid 15 days before start date of the tour

Cancellation Fees

  • 50% of tour fees - 30 days prior to the tour
  • 100% of tour fees - within 30 days of tour start date
  • Cancellation via email only







PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

  • DSLR camera body (one or two)
  • Wide angle / kit lens (18mm and beyond): for landscapes
  • Tele photo lens of 400mm and above: for mammals and birds
  • Card reader
  • Laptop / hard disk to back up images
  • Dust / rain cover for your equipment while on safaris - VERY IMPORTANT!
  • Bean bag for tele photo lenses above 400mm

CLOTHING

  • Cap/hat
  • Water resistant windcheater
  • Light jacket for days and heavy jacket for nights
  • Skull cap
  • Neck warmer/dust mask
  • Full arm t shirts
  • Denims
  • Socks
  • Closed shoes
  • Carry an extra empty tote bag or a backpack to pack snacks you buy from Nairobi

JUNGLE ESSENTIALS


  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Energy bar/cookies, dry fruits or trail mix, chocolates.
  • Handy medical kit
  • Pocket money
  • ID card 
  • Water bottle

COMMUNICATION & CONNECTIVITY


  • We suggest to purchase Safaricom or Airtel SIM cards from Nairobi. They are not very expensive.







WEATHER DETAILS
  • Summer 23°C - 28°C
  • Monsoon 21°C - 28°C
  • Winter 24°C - 30°C
WORKSHOP COST
SINGLE PERSON USD 3,500
COUPLE USD 6,800

Single supplementary charges
extra at USD 500.

Ex-Nairobi

***Includes one way charter flight from Nairobi to Masai Mara***


Single supplementary charges extra
foreign nationals, group bookings & families : please
contact us for special pricing

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