PHOTOGRAPH AFRICA’S PREDATORS IN 2019
In late October 2019 David Lloyd Safaris and The Canid Project are joining forces to host an 8-day Africa Predators Photographic Safari. This is after the crowded migration season has passed, things are quiet tourists-wise, and we will have the plains to explore in search of Kenya’s amazing canids and felids.
Our aim with The Canid Project workshops is to provide experiences that will not just focus on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, but also on how you can use your photography for conservation and education. We also focus strongly on the ethics of wildlife photography as well as how to start making images that tell stories.
Each workshop is led by carefully selected ethical wildlife photographers. When applicable we strive to work with conservation-based organizations and projects that provide unique and intimate information throughout our workshops by way of professional guides, researchers, and biologists.
Our workshops target canid species as well as other wildlife within the ecosystem of the workshop, as well as the issues and efforts that directly affect these species.
Proceeds from these workshops go directly to The Canid Project to help fund educational endeavors and outreach, as well as the fox rehab in Louisiana.
The Masai Mara is regarded as one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa and is renowned for its big cats, with lion, leopard and cheetah all in abundance, and Serval, Wild Cat, and Caracal making it their home as well. Other amazing non-felid predators of the Maasai Mara ecosystem include the Spotted Hyena, Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal, the occasional Side-striped Jackal. Our central location promises almost daily occurrences of predator activity; there is every chance we will see lions stalking, cheetahs chasing down their prey, Hyenas going in for the kill, Bat-eared Foxes hunting for bugs, and Black-back Jackals making the most of a lion’s kill.
The Maasai Mara is like no other place in Africa; the density of wildlife in the Maasai Mara is a photographer’s dream. While we will concentrate on predators we will also see Zebra, Giraffe, Antelope, Hippo, and Elephant. All in all, these safaris produce life-long memories and the images often framed by the Mara’s famous sunrises, sunsets, and dramatic vistas.
IS THIS SAFARI FOR YOU?
All Photographers Are Welcome
Photographers of all levels are welcome. Our tour leaders are full time wildlife photographers with great experience in the field as well as in guiding and photographic instruction. Each tour offers a small client-leader ratio that allows for personal attention and customized guidance on photography.
We focus on getting the shots you desire, but also on creative visual storytelling. During the week we offer image reviews to help you build your own unique photo story. We also offer a presentations on ethical wildlife photography and the ecosystem and the animals of the Maasai Mara, including conservation efforts in place.
Our Maasai drivers are trained in field techniques to spot the animals of the Maasai Mara. They have intimate knowledge of the behavior of these animals as well. This combined with their knowledge of the basics of composition and lighting, as they apply to wildlife photography, allows them to best line up the vehicles for the most advantageous shots.
Our camp is located inside the reserve, close to the action with quick access to the main migration crossings on the river. We are located on the Mara River on one of the main crossing points where we can see wildebeest crossings from our camp itself, away from the tourist traffic found elsewhere.
Our new photographic vehicles have open sides and also maximise the space and flexibility that a photographer needs. Each participant has a whole row of seats, as well as provisions for beanbags and clamps on the open sides and on the roof.
Included in the tour price is an exclusive 36-page book written by David entitled Photographing Wildlife in The Maasai Mara. Other documentation includes animal and bird lists, rules and ethics guidelines, and detailed maps of the area.
iMac Workstation Access
We have iMac workstations pre-installed with Photoshop and Lightroom so you can edit your images or backup your files.
Because flights from Nairobi to the Mara have strict weight restrictions on luggage of only 15 kg/person, we provide transportation for the rest of your luggage to the camp by road.
We offer optional excursions: a balloon ride at sunrise over the Maasai Mara with champagne breakfast, and a visit to a nearby Maasai village. New to our safaris in 2019 are options for walking safaris to photograph wildlife on foot.
Our aim is for you to leave a better wildlife photographer and visual storyteller than when you first arrived. We also aim to provide you with valuable information on the animals you are documenting. You will come away with fascinating information on their natural history, biology, and current threats, as well as the conservation efforts in place for this special ecosystem.
As in any natural environment, the wildlife comes first, we come second. We abide by guidelines which ensure that the welfare of the wildlife is not compromised or impeded by our presence.
Entim was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara game reserve. For a few months of the year the migration is on our doorstep on the Mara river.
We have kept the camp eco-friendly and small, with only ten, tastefully but differently furnished, well-equipped tents. Our decor aims to enhance the surrounding environment.
All ten guest tents are near the Mara River and are well-placed, en-suite with flush-toilets and hot showers. There is a cosy lounge area with a small library, separate bar and open fronted dining area. The experience at Entim is not your average hotel or lodge experience, it’s about being right in the hub of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world and part of the Kenya safari experience.
You can view more about Entim Camp here with additional pictures here.
Our tour groups are small (a maximum of 12 participants) so space is limited.
2019 Dates and Costs
October TBA, 2019 – Guide: Amy Shutt of The Canid Project
The cost of this all-inclusive safari is $TBA per person. Bookings are secured with a $500 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in $US.
A single, optional supplement is available at $900 extra. Single supplements are optional for single travellers who want their own room and tent. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another single traveller of the same gender.
We offer reduced costs for Kenyan residents. If you are a Kenyan resident, please enquire.
For those who wish to join two dates for one continuous 15 day safari, we can at a cost less than two combined.
Payments for all safaris are made through Steppes Travel which means you have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator. Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected. Steppes Travel can also book your flights for full financial protection.
One night Serena Hotel stay
Flights to and from the Masai Mara from Wilson airport
All airport transfers and ground transportation of luggage
Six nights accommodation and all meals at Entim Camp
All park fees
Exclusive vehicles and qualified driver guides
Optional walking safari
Flying Doctor emergency medical service
Local alcoholic beverages at camp
Photographing Wildlife In The Maasai Mara eBook
All lectures, presentations and tuition
Options at extra cost
Camera and Lens hire
Balloon ride and champagne breakfast ($450)
Maasai Village visit ($30)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Kenya visa ($50)
Alcoholic beverages at Serena, and non-local alcoholic beverages at camp
Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides
Day 1: We are picked up from Nairobi Airport on arrival by our driver and delivered to the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, where we will all meet and introduce ourselves.
Day 2: At 8:00 AM we transfer to Wilson Airport some 15 minutes away for a 45 minute a flight to our camp in the Maasai Mara. We arrive in time for a camp welcome and introduction, and then after lunch we embark on our first afternoon drive. At about 7:00 we return to camp to relax in front of the boma (campfire) before dinner at about 7:30-8:00.
Day 3: Our first full day in the Mara. We are woken with a pre-dawn tea, coffee and biscuits before we set out on our drive at 6:15 am to photograph in the best light of the day. After a break for a picnic breakfast, we continue until about midday, depending on animal activity. Then it’s back to camp for lunch, rest, editing or backing up your images, or attending a talk or workshop session. Then at 4:00 we head out for our afternoon drive as on the previous day.
Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 as Day 3.
Day 8: We have time for a 2-hour morning drive before returning to camp at 8:30 for breakfast then at 11:00 am we’ll catch our return flight to Nairobi. For the remainder of that afternoon and evening we can just relax at the Serena Hotel by the pool or at the bar before transfer to Nairobi Airport for our international flights home.
WOULD YOU LIKE US TO EMAIL YOU WHEN BOOKING OPENS?
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Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a focus on documentary and conservation photography. Amy also leads wildlife photography classes and workshops throughout the the Americas and abroad. She is the Director of The Canid Project, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit that focuses on using photography and narrative as creative tools to educate on the world's wild canids. Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start this project. She hopes to educate and inspire through all of her photographic endeavors. Amy's work has been published in books and magazines and her work has been awarded by the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International competition.