Alison Mees Photographic Safaris - 2022

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A one week safari in Kenya designed especially for photographers at all levels, staying seven nights in Kenya’s finest wildlife area, the Mara ecosystem, and escorted by well-known wildlife photographer Alison Mees

The safari spends time in two exclusive wildlife conservancies in the Mara eco-system: Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Olare Motorogi Conservancy with the opportunity to visit the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, and includes a night in Nairobi on arrival. This safari offers a great opportunity to view and photograph Africa’s iconic animals – including Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards and Giraffes – and has been designed especially for photographers or people who just enjoy taking photographs and would like to improve their technique.

Lion Cubs by Alison Mees

Accommodation on safari is at Porini Cheetah Camp and Porini Lion Camp, which are small and authentic safari bush camps with no more than 10 guest tents so that you will have just a few other like-minded people as company. Here you will escape from the crowds and experience the African wilderness without the presence of other tourist vehicles and with the personal attention of your photographer escort.

Transport from Nairobi to the Mara is by scheduled flights to avoid a long journey  and to give more time to viewing the wildlife. From the camps, game drives are taken in exclusive open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with experienced safari driver-guides.

Alison Mees  is a wildlife expert a conservationist & qualified guide. Alison is an award winning photographer and has been awarded the The Royal Photographic Society Awarded ARPS Follow me for stunning images. Alison was born in the UK, and from an early age had a passion for wildlife and photography.  She had a strong desire to be in Africa from a child.

Alison has been living and working in Africa for over 18 years, she started in South Luangwa, Zambia working on camp reservations and marketing, hosting guests at the camp.  She was given the chance to follow her passion in wildlife photography, being out in the bush as much as she could.  Alison’s dream came true when she became a qualified driving guide in South Luangwa.  Alison & her husband them moved to East Africa managing safari camps in Serengeti & Mara North Conservancy.  During this time getting involved with local community projects and working with cheetah researchers.  Since the pandemic Alison has become a volunteer with Cheetah Conservation Fund UK, working with them to fundraise and run awareness workshops and talks.
Her passion for the wildlife, conservation and photography just continue to grow, and Alison wants to share that with you on her safari trips.

 

Alison gained her ARPS on 16th September 2021.

More information about the safari

The safari spends time in an exclusive wildlife conservancy, and the only IUCN green list destination in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system: Ol Kinyei Conservancy that is also a cheetah hotspot,  whilst staying here you also get to visit the Naboisho conservancy, and the Olare Motorogi  Conservancy as well as in the Masai Mara Reserve.

The Mara Conservancies have the highest density of free-roaming lions in Africa, as well as leopards, cheetahs, elephants and much more. The pristine, natural environment attracts many species and provides the ideal location for viewing Africa’s iconic wildlife.

The conservancies are formed from community lands, ensuring the locals benefit from tourism from the lease of their land and the opportunities that arise from setting up the conservancies and the small camps therein. The conservancies comprise of pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views.

Population density is controlled; Conservancies allow for a maximum of 1 vehicle per 1,400 acres, which offers the opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife in peace and without masses of other vehicles.

From the camps, you will be taken on day and night game drives in custom-built, open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with a driver-guide and a spotter, allow for maximum visual coverage. They are 3 tier and are spacious and comfortable, with access to an open window for each photographer.

Safari Highlights

  • Small group for the safari, with each person guaranteed a “window” seat in the open-sided 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Off-road driving advantages get you closer to the wildlife and away from crowds
  • Game drives in the Mara Conservancies and the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Sundowners at scenic spots where you can try to capture those postcard perfect African sunsets

Alison Mees Photographic Safaris - 2022

Day 1 – Arrival into Kenya

Met on arrival at Nairobi International Airport by a Gamewatchers Safaris Representative, who will welcome you to Kenya and transfer you to The Eka Hotel, for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast. Alison will be waiting at Eka Hotel for your arrival and share the plan for the next day to the Mara

Day 2,3 & 4 – Photographic Safari

Transfer from The Eka Hotel to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, and check-in for your Safari Link Masai Mara flight departing 10h00 arriving 11h00. Touch down at Olare Motorogi airstrip from where you will be transferred to Porini Lion Camp, which will be your base for the next 3 nights. Game drives and walks will be taken in the Conservancy & Masai Mara Reserve to photograph the wildlife, with Alison  Mees. Night game drives will also be taken. *Optional Balloon Safari for a chance to take some stunning aerial shots of the Mara Eco-system.

Day 5,6,7 & 8 – Photographic Safari

Final early wildlife & photography drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy to capture the beauty of the early morning, thereafter you be transferred to Porini Cheetah Camp for 4 nights. Game drives and walks will be taken in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy that is exclusive to Porini and the Naboisho Conservancy to photograph the wildlife for which the Mara is famous. Night game drives will also be taken.

Day 9- Depart

Final early morning game drive followed by breakfast at camp and then transfer to the airstrip to fly back on the 11h00 flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, arriving at around 12h20. Met on arrival and transfer to the international Airport or Nairobi Hotel, depending on your onward connection.

Fully Inclusive of:

  • Small group for the safari, with each person guaranteed a “window” seat in the open-sided 4×4 safari vehicle under the tutelage of Alison Mees.
  • Sundowners at scenic spots where you can try to capture those postcard perfect African sunsets
  • Game drives in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Ol Kinyei conservancy, Naboisho Conservancy and the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Off-road driving advantages get you closer to the wildlife and away from crowds
  • The prices include scheduled domestic flights from / to Nairobi. Luggage allowance is 15kg per person, additional allowance of up to 75kg per person can arranged at a supplement.
  • Accomodation at Porini Lion Camp and Porini Cheetah Camps –  small eco camps located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Ol kinyei Conservancy.
  • Safari is fully inclusive of all meals, selected drinks, day & night game drives in custom-built 4×4 safari vehicles with expert guides, bush picnics and sundowners, conservancy and Mara park fees and all taxes.
  • A visit to the Masai Village

 

SCHEDULED DEPARTURE DATES 2022

  • 31st October – 08th Nov 2022: $4210 per person sharing package.
  • 8th November – 16th November: FULLY BOOKED

 

New Dates Released for 2023: $5378 per person sharing package.
  • 6th February – 14th February
  • 14th February – 22nd February
  • 22nd February – 2nd March

 

Photographers of all levels welcome, also non-photographers who love sitting and watching wildlife are also welcome on any of the trips

Concerned about the security of your booking and your own safety while on safari?

We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Gamewatchers Safaris is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.