Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp

Eco photography camp in Maasai Mara

BACKGROUND

About Oltepesi
Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp is an eco safari camp located in Oltepesi Village in Maasai Mara in Kenya, a five-minute drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve. It was founded in 2017 and made to meet professional wildlife photographers, nature photo enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. We offer the very best guides in Maasai Mara with many years of experience working with professional wildlife photographers and nature photo enthusiasts. With the best guides and specially modified vehicles for photography where you both have a good overview and can do low-angle photography, we offer our guests prime wildlife experiences and the chance to bring home first-rate images. The camp also arranges for off-road, and offer full day game drives in the very best light. Walking safaris are also offered.

Oltepesi Village actually is a genuine Maasai village. This way, you also have a unique opportunity to know about the Maasai way of living, adding an interesting aspect of true cultural experience to your journey. You can feel like home in the village and photograph and film as much as you like without asking permission first. If you like you can also stay a night in a traditional Maasai house.

Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp is owned by the partners and co-founders Arnfinn Johansen and John Siololo (known as Big John) and run together with the most friendly Maasai camp staff in the Mara.

About John Siololo
John Siololo, also known as Big John, is a naturalist with about 15 years of experience guiding in the Mara. He is Camp Manager and guide at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp. John is born and raised in the Mara North and Olare Motorogi Conservancy and knows the Maasai Mara like the inside of his pockets. John is a well known and sought after guide. He knows what it means to deal with professional and demanding wildlife photographers, and always work hard to give you the best opportunities to get the best shots whether it is from inside the car, or from the ground or on foot – from the early mornings to the late afternoons. John Siololo is co-owner of Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp. For information about all the Maasai guides and drivers in the Oltepesi team visit The guides.

About Arnfinn Johansen
Arnfinn Johansen is an award-winning Norwegian wildlife photographer with a great passion for Africa. Arnfinn is a member of the Norwegian Nature Photographers Association (NN), an exclusive association of professional nature photographers. Arnfinn’s photographic work has been recognized in international competitions worldwide, including European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (GDT), Asferico, Glanzlichter, Por el Planeta, Oasis, Global Arctic Awards, Memorial Maria Luisa (MML), Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC), Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Black & White Spider Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, Nature’s Best Photography Africa, among others. In addition to different exhibitions in Norway, Arnfinn’s photographs have been on display in Europe, Russia, U.S., Mexico, India, China, and South Africa. Arnfinn Johansen is co-owner of Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp.

Arnfinn also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Business Administration and has over 20 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, governance, board work and management within the information technology industry in Norway. In 2008 he co-founded Styrmand AS, an IT consulting company based in Norway. In this company, he is the CFO and Chairman of the Board.

FORMALITIES REGARDING BOOKING

Juridical
All safari bookings at Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp are made through Arnfinn Johansen Wildlife Photography AS, registered in Norway, ref Company Id: NO 920 742 580. The company is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund (ref info below), and is formally and legally the contractor towards the safari clients. Arnfinn Johansen Wildlife Photography AS also is the main contact regarding information, booking and confirmation.

Travel Guarantee
The purchase of package tours in Norway is governed by the Norwegian Package Tour Act, which safeguards customers who have purchased package tours against loss due to bankruptcy, debt settlements or insolvency on the part of the tour organizer. The Travel Guarantee Fund in Norway refunds advance payments that a customer has paid if the organizer cancels a tour. If a tour is interrupted while underway, the refund amount shall be equal to that portion of the advance payment for which services’ performance has not been completed. Additionally, expenses related to accommodation and return travel shall be covered if return travel was included in the package price. The company Arnfinn Johansen Wildlife Photography AS is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund. More information may be obtained by contacting the Travel Guarantee Fund at +47 51859940 or https://reisegarantifondet.no.

Data management and protection
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