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Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

I've done a short introductory blog post on my recent 10-day safari trip to Kenya, a week of which was spent with a specialist photo company focussing on river crossings by the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara:

https://www.microcontrast.com/new-bl...a-introduction
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Re: Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

Looking forward to seeing more Mark - I very much like what you have shown so far.

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Re: Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

I too am looking forward to seeing more. The Wild Eye website quotes some eye watering prices. Our 11 days in the Kruger in February were under 2,500 all in for two people - less than a week for one off peak in the Mara. That included car hire, fuel, accommodation, meals, conservation fee etc but not the air fare to/from JNB.
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Re: Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

Very interesting with some excellent pictures.
I've only been to Tsavo and Amboseli, couldn't manage to get to Mara for various reasons, so looking forward to seeing more.
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Re: Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

Sure, Dave, the Wild-Eye GM trip is expensive, but frankly IMHO you'd be wasting your money doing it under your own steam, as I think I'll be able to demonstrate in some later posts.

For a variety of reasons you'd be swamped by matatas (low-rent commercial operators in minivans) who are completely ruthless and would crowd you out of the way.

Only the Wild-Eye camp and a tiny handful of top-end lodges are within the park and therefore can spend 2-3h at the beginning and end of each day (when the light is at its best) at crossing sites. Everyone else has can't enter the reserve gates until 9am and has to be out by 18.30, and the gates are 2h drive away from the river.

Compared with the top lodges the Wild-Eye prices are a complete bargain, especially when you consider the skill of their drivers and photo guides, plus the cultural Maasai experience. If you must, I suggest here: https://www.serenahotels.com/serenamara/en/default.html which is lovely if you like gold taps and infinity pools...

Don't bother is my advice: there are plenty of other safari destinations where self-drive is a lot more fun if that's what you want to do.
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Re: Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

Some lovely photo, looking forward to seeing more....:-)
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Re: Great Migration, Maasai Mara - introductory post

Excellent intro Mark, really enjoyed looking through your past blog posts too. Very impressed with your LRPS images. Just wondered if you actually went out to shoot specific images for your panel theme or did you trawl through your past images and pull a themed panel together based on the images?
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Sure, Dave, the Wild-Eye GM trip is expensive, but frankly IMHO you'd be wasting your money doing it under your own steam, as I think I'll be able to demonstrate in some later posts.

For a variety of reasons you'd be swamped by matatas (low-rent commercial operators in minivans) who are completely ruthless and would crowd you out of the way.

Only the Wild-Eye camp and a tiny handful of top-end lodges are within the park and therefore can spend 2-3h at the beginning and end of each day (when the light is at its best) at crossing sites. Everyone else has can't enter the reserve gates until 9am and has to be out by 18.30, and the gates are 2h drive away from the river.

Compared with the top lodges the Wild-Eye prices are a complete bargain, especially when you consider the skill of their drivers and photo guides, plus the cultural Maasai experience. If you must, I suggest here: https://www.serenahotels.com/serenamara/en/default.html which is lovely if you like gold taps and infinity pools...

Don't bother is my advice: there are plenty of other safari destinations where self-drive is a lot more fun if that's what you want to do.
We did five safaris in Kenya between 1966 and 1991, covering Tsavo East and West, Mara, Amboseli and smaller parks like Nakuru, Naivasha, Hell's Gate and the various lakes, such as Hannington/Bogoria in the Rift Valley as far north as Baringo plus an afternoon in Nairobi. All bar one were self drive as we had access to a Land Rover. There would have been far fewer people then and all the accommodation was in the parks. It's a lot more expensive now and no doubt much more crowded.
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