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The Ultimate Maasai Mara


AUGUST 23 - 31, 2025

price from $9,950 USD


This photo safari based in the Masai Mara National Reserve is based round the Great Migration of Wildebeests and Zebra that have all migrated into the Mara plains in search of fresh grasslands. With two safaris a day, photographers aim to get the iconic photographs of Wildebeests as they risk their lives making the dangerous journey across the Mara River.

The largest Nile Crocodiles in Africa can be found in the Mara River as they wait patiently for their prey to willingly enter the river at their mercy. Between river visits, there is plenty of other wildlife that resides in the Mara, including Hippo, Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Serval, Hyena, hundreds of bird species and so much more making this a prime destination for any wildlife photographer or enthusiast.

AUGUST 23 - 31, 2025

9 days / 8 nights

( 6 spaces available )

$9,990 USD per person shared accommodation

+ $1,400 USD single supplement fee


Tour Highlights

  • This all-inclusive photo safari is lead by two professional wildlife photographers, offering their expertise throughout the tour to help guests obtain incredible photographs

  • During the month of August, the Great Migration is at its best with millions of Wildebeests and Zebra making their way into the Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Photograph Wildebeests, Zebra, and Thomson's Gazelle as they risk their lives to cross the Mara River. With dust in the air and animals running wild, guests can expect to gain incredible photos during river crossings

  • Enjoy wildlife sightings without even leaving the lodge. With Elephants and Giraffe commonly walking through, Hippos in the Mara River below, and monkeys making their way around the lodge, there is always photo opportunities, even during the off times.

  • Other than the Great Migration, the Mara is home to many other animals including Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, hundreds of bird species and much more that guests will have the opportunity to photograph throughout the tour

Your Photo Host


Jaren A Fernley

Wildlife Photographer

Lioness and Cubs

Equipment to Bring


  • Guests are encouraged to bring a camera body with a minimum of 24-megapixels to guarantee the best results while on safari. This can be mirrorless or a DSLR, as myself and Mark are experienced with both and will be able to offer assistance whenever need be.

  • A second camera body is always a great consideration, however, this is not mandatory. This can be used as a backup, or you can keep a second lens attached and switch back and forth between cameras.


  • A telephoto lens with a reach of at least 500 mm

    • This can be a fixed/prime lens or a zoom lens

  • If you intend to bring a fixed/prime lens of 500 mm or more, you will also need a closer range lens

    • A 100 - 400 mm or similar is a great option, as this will allow you to get shots of wildlife that comes closer to the vehicle

  • If you are interested in taking landscape photographs during the trip, we recommend a wide angle lens that ranges anywhere between 12 mm - 105 mm. This can be used for landscapes, astro-photography, close range wildlife, and congregations of wildlife.

View full equipment guide in our TOUR BROCHURE


GOVERNOR'S CAMP - MASAI MARA: Governors’ Camp possibly occupies the best wildlife viewing location in the Reserve, nestled in the riverine forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile. 

The entire camp is under canvas with all of the comforts of a luxury hotel. Some of the 25 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara.

The tents are big, bright and allow in lots of natural light. All tents are classic safari style each with en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda.  There is a bar tent with a deck overlooking the Mara River and a dining tent with amazing views over the plains.

Governors’ Camp has been awarded a GOLD Eco Rating from Eco – Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable tourism practices in camp.

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Daily Itinerary



The first day is designed for all photography participants to arrive in Nairobi at their own leisure. Untamed Photo Safaris will arrange transfers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (airport code NBO) for each photographer’s arrival.


Guests who have arrived in advance and are already in the country/area should make their way to the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel on this day. Check in and refresh, charge camera batteries, do any necessary repacking you may need to do, or just simply enjoy yourself.


The tour will start at 6 pm on this day, where the group will meet for the first time. Myself and Mark, your Photo Hosts, will be awaiting you with welcome drinks as you go through the itinerary, ask any questions, and get to know the fellow photographers in your group.


After our briefing/meet and greet, we will move over to the restaurant for dinner. After dinner you will have the opportunity relax at the bar with the others in the group.

Photographs by Photo Hosts Jaren A Fernley & Mark A Fernley and Governor's Camp Collection

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