African safari, Kenya - May 2015

 17 May
 Masai Mara - KENYA
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 DCP Expeditions
Kenya, is undoubtedly one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. It has some of the world’s most famous game reserves and national parks like Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Samburu and Amboseli. Apparently dry Amboseli, Kenya's first game sanctuary, is able to support its wildlife by the waters that run off Africa's greatest mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro broods high over Amboseli, generally cloaked by clouds but appearing in all its snow-shrouded magnificence from time to time. Kilimanjaro was once part of Kenya, but on the marriage of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany Queen Victoria gifted it to her beloved grand son, whose colony Tanzania then was, as the perfect wedding present. The mountain now provides water for the park, wonderful views and, of course, the most glorious background for animal photography. Probably the most famous of the reserves, the Masai Mara, in Kenya's southwestern corner, boasts an astonishing amount of game. Unfenced, the Mara is bounded in the east by the Ngama Hills and in the west by the Oloololo or Siria Escarpment. Gazelle, wildebeest and zebra graze in large numbers and where prey is found so are predators. Not only is this a great place in which to find game, but also the wide greeny-gold savannahs spotted with thorn trees make it ideal for photography. The Mara, as it is known in Kenya, is ravishingly beautiful and also offers long, undisturbed views and utterly dramatic panoramas. The weather really means something here. The sun may beat down unforgivingly, huge clouds in fabulous shapes may sweep across the widest of skies, and the wind ripples the grasses as though they are stroked by a giant hand. The landscape is stunning. The famously black-maned Mara lions are possibly the stars of the Mara show, but cheetah, elephant, kongoni, topi, Thompson's gazelle, waterbuck, hyena, and primates are all here too. As with the rest of Kenya, the birding is good. There is no settlement within the reserve however; the Mara is in theory owned by the Maasai, pastoralists and, in earlier times, renowned lion-killers. Lodges and hotels offer the opportunity to buy their beadwork, checked cloths and copies of their spears. It is said that if lions scent approaching Maasai on the breeze they move swiftly in the opposite direction. SCHEDULED DATES 17th - 24th May, 2015 ITINERARY Day 01: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi; you will be met by our Airport representative who will brief you about your safari and later depart by road to Amboseli National Park. The Park that is famous for its breath-taking views of Kilimanjaro. The Park also shelters more than 420 species of birds. Enormous Elephant population and other big game is attracted to the area by underground springs fed from the melting snows of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lunch is served at the lodge, have some time to relax before departing for a late evening game drive. Return to the lodge and enjoy a scrumptious dinner. LDBB - Amboseli Serena Lodge FB Day 02: Amboseli Rising early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit, we set off for a dawn game drive. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest to Giraffes to Baboons. Midday finds us at your lodge for lunch and afternoon rest, followed by another closing game drive. Amboseli is home to the legendary Maasai tribesmen. Maasai warriors are famous and are proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world. LDBB - Amboseli Serena Lodge FB Day 03: Amboseli to Lake Naivasha After breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha with its commanding setting at the foot of the Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Naivasha is also an important horticultural area of Kenya. Have lunch at the lodge. Spend the afternoon at leisure optional activities are available booked and paid locally. Lake Naivasha is surrounded by stands of papyrus and is a bird-watcher's paradise. Water birds exist in great variety and abundance. Fish eagles and ospreys, herons and egrets, lily-trotters, red-knobbed coots and black crakes can be found within the area of this beautiful lake. In addition to the bird population, over 500 hippos reside in the lake. LDBB – Lake Naivasha Country Club Day 04: Naivasha to Masai Mara Game reserve After breakfast, drive to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve via the Great Rift Valley. En route enjoy the beautiful scenery. Arrive at your Lodge in time for lunch and check in at the lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy an enthralling game-viewing drive. Spotting lions, cheetahs and other spectacular predators is the highlight of your day. This evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at your lodge. LDBB – Keekorok Lodge Day 05: Masai Mara Game Reserve After breakfast, proceed on a full-day game-viewing drive to search for the myriad species of game that make this reserve their home. If you are lucky, you can witness the kill in action, moment by moment, right in front of your unbelieving eyes! After a sumptuous lunch at your lodge, proceed for another exciting game drive, where you can expect to see the famous 'Big 5'. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your Lodge. LDBB – Keekorok Lodge Day 06 and 07: Masai Mara Game Reserve Morning and Afternoon game drives. Day 08: Departure After breakfast, we will drive to Nairobi (Lunch on own). Later enjoy a city tour of Nairobi and last minute shopping (If time allows) and later you are transferred to the Airport for your departure flight back home 3 hours prior to flight departure time. GETTING READY FOR THIS EXPEDITION Telephoto lenses – preferably above 400 mm for distant shots Zoom lenses – for the flexibility that it offers for unanticipated circumstances Wide angle lenses for opportunities of landscape photography Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash. Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop Bean Bag (stuff with Bajra or thermacol or Rice). Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust Body Warmer for the chilly early mornings. Sun screens are very important It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you. Please carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites. Carry a pair of good binoculars Equipment available on rental - please mail us at ON FIELD PHOTOGRAPHIC LEARNING On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following How to approach Wildlife in the field Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P) Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative) Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects How to get sharp images of moving subjects Framing and composition in the field Ethics in Wildlife Photography IMAGE PROCESSING WORKSHOP To maximize and complete your photographic learning, join our evening session of informal discussions on digital image processing. Our Expert will work on few of his own images or a few of yours (which you have clicked during the day) and demonstrate various techniques of image processing to give a final shape to your artwork. The following will be discussed RAW files processing Histogram and exposure control Colour correction methods Cropping and image resizing Sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning Noise reduction Composition TEAM LEADER Amit Rane is one of the most skilled Wildlife photographers in the DCP family. He has travelled extensively across Indian geography for more than 18 years and has in depth knowledge of difficult terrains spread across the Indian subcontinent. He has brilliant photography skills in all genre of Wildlife photography starting from bird photography to mammals, from landscapes to macro photography, from reptiles to amphibians. He is a trained Herpetologist and loves reptiles. He is a regular travel photographer and writer. He also has a deep interest in product and fashion photography. He has a fantastic teaching acumen. He is a trainer, biodiversity expert, wildlife photography advisor and holds the chair of Director, Outbound Expeditions, Team DCP. COST OF THE PACKAGE USD 2500.00 plus taxes per head Twin sharing accomodation and only 4 pax in a 4 X 4 Land Cruiser COST INCLUDES: Arrival and departure airport transfers 1 Night accommodation at the Amboseli Sopa 1 Night accommodation at Lake Naivasha Country Club 3 Nights at Keekorok Lodge All game drives as per itinerary All park entrance fees Transport in 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide Photographic guidance of DCP Photography expert 1 Litre bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a Private vehicle Meals as indicated above COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGES: All International Flights + Taxes Visas and Mediclaim charges Last day lunch at Nairobi city Travel & Personal accident insurance Tips & personal expenses such as bar, telephone calls, tips, gratuities … etc. Cost of Meals other than those specified in inclusions Cost of foreign exchange for personal expenses Excursions not detailed in above program SUGGESTED AIRLINE / FLIGHT SCHEDULE (NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE) Kenyan Airways - KQ 203, departing from Mumbai - 03.10 hours - reaching Nairobi at 6:35 hrs same day. Kenyan Airways - KQ 202, departing from Nairobi - 17.45 hours and reaching Mumbai at 2:10 hrs past midnight Luggage allowance :- 40kgs per pax. Single piece check in luggage not to exceed 32kgs. On board luggage not to exceed 8kgs. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT : Please click on the 'Register for Workshop' tab on the top / bottom right corner of this page to register yourself. Once you fill in your details and click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment page. Your registration is completed and confimred only after a successful payment process. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: Website: CANCELLATION POLICY All cancellations between 60 - 90 days of the event date - 50% refund All cancellations within 60 days of the event date - No refund possible

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