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Big Cats

Martin has always had a passion for big cats and he has been very lucky to take some great photographs of them. Each time he has visited the Masai Mara in Kenya, he has viewed lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Mara Wildlife

It is said that Africa can seize your soul and for Martin this has definitely been the case. The sights, sounds and smells make it a truly unique environment, of which he never tires.

African Birds

When Martin first visited Africa he was taken by surprise at the abundance of bird life. Many are brilliantly coloured and quite unlike any to be found in the U.K. In East Africa alone it is estimated that there are over 1200 species!


High profile species of bears, such as the polar bear, grizzly bear and giant panda (yes it is a bear!) are often the most photographed. Martin’s images in this gallery are of the lesser known European brown bear, which he photographed on the border of Finland and Russia.n

Black & White

Some photos need no colour to give the perfect image. This gallery contains a mix of images from Africa.

British Wildlife

Although Martin particularly enjoys photographing in Africa, he also loves British wildlife. The images featured here include otters and red squirrels from the Lake District, owls taken in his native Nottinghamshire and birds of prey taken around the U.K.


In addition to wildlife photography, Martin’s other passion is landscape photography. He has spent much time in the Lake District and Cornwall from where the images featured in this gallery come.


Wild Photography by Martin Fowkes

Welcome to ‘Wild Photography’ by Martin Fowkes. Martin is a seasoned photographer of African wildlife. He also organises and leads safaris to Kenya. He has been privileged to work with some of Kenya’s top guides in the Masai Mara. As result, Martin has learned about the habitats and the nature of his subjects in depth and has been able to get ‘up close and personal’ with some of the most fascinating – and potentially dangerous – animals on the planet. Martin has developed this website to give an insight into his photographic work and also to share his enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation.

A Short introduction

Martin has been interested in photography all his life. He has qualifications in a number of disciplines but his favourite areas have always been wildlife and landscape photography. Martin enjoys photographing in the UK especially in Cornwall and the Lake District. He has also visited Finland to photograph brown bears and India to photograph tigers. His passion, however, is Africa and he has spent a considerable amount of time in Kenya. During his visits, Martin has been privileged to have the services of Joseph, a Masai guide who is now also a friend. Joseph has proved to be an invaluable source of information and he has inspired Martin to encourage others to take an active interest in conservation. Martin firmly believes that the power and the reach of photography is an important tool in promoting the plight of endangered species and the magnificent, but often fragile environments in which they live. Martin supports organisations such as ‘Save the Rhino’ and the Guba Dida primary school in Kenya. He also works with ‘Lion Aid’ and has donated images which are widely used by them for publicity purposes and to raise funds for their invaluable work.


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Join Me! – for a Wild Safari

The Masai Mara is an incredible place to be in August for animals and the annual migration. The plains are abundant with wildebeest,zebra and gazelle, and there are big cats everywhere! Together with the BBC marsh pride lion,it is a paradise for nature and photography-lovers.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Kenya Airways, KQ101 at 20h00 – London to Nairobi         1 night

Depart London Heathrow (Terminal 4) on the evening Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Overnight in flight.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Offbeat Mara Camp, Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara         6 nights – Full Board

Early morning arrival into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and transferred across to the smaller Wilson Airport where you connect with the scheduled mid-morning air transfer service to the famous rolling plains of the Masai Mara.

On arrival into the Mara North airstrip, you will be met by your guides from Offbeat Mara and transferred, game-viewing en route to camp. Arrive in time for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy your first game-drive on the famous plains. Six nights are spent at Offbeat Mara in double/twin/single tents.

Daily game-viewing on the plains, hosted by Offbeat’s excellent guides.

Offbeat Mara Camp is a 12 bed semi-permanent seasonal bush camp situated on the west bank of the Olare Orok River, outside the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Guests are accommodated in six spacious tents, two of which are family tents. All tents are comfortably furnished with large cedar beds, writing desk and canvas wardrobe. The en-suite facilities include double wash basin (for which water is provided in large jugs), flush loo and bucket shower. Lighting is provided through solar power.  A large lounge tent has a bar, library, comfortable sofas and writing table. There is a separate dining tent. Activities include game drives by day and night in custom designed landrovers/land cruisers, nature walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners. You will also have the opportunity to visit the local villages.

Offbeat Mara Camp is located outside the official Masai Mara Game Reserve within the Mara North Conservancy. Game-viewing around the camp is superb and animals often wander through the camp at night. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are often seen from the verandahs of the tents themselves, and zebra and buffalo help keep the lawns short!

Most game-viewing will take place on the plains around camp, but should you wish to visit the reserve itself (not necessary except for river crossings during the migration period when Offbeat include one reserve entry for every three nights spent in camp anyway), any Reserve fees will be due in camp at the applicable rate.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Kenya Airways, KQ102 at 23h50 – Nairobi to London         1 night

Morning at leisure for further game-viewing. After lunch, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you connect with the scheduled mid-afternoon air transfer service back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to a suitable restaurant/hotel where you have the chance to have an early dinner (not included). Later, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport where you connect with the overnight Kenya Airways flight to London.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Kenya Airways – early arrival into London

Early morning arrival into London Heathrow Terminal 4.


£ 3,550.00 per adult, based on two people sharing a tent

£ 3,000.00 per child aged 12 to 17 years

£ 2,180.00 per child under 12 years

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (first single to book incurs no single supplement, thereafter the supplement is): £ 910.00


REDUCTION of £ 220.00 per adult, £ 160.00 per teenager and £ 110.00 per child if you book BEFORE the 31st October 2015 (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)

Deposit required to confirm arrangements: £ 700.00 per person

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