HW Photo Safaris: Masai Mara February 2019


Masai Mara, Kenya Safari - February 22-March 7, 2019. 

The "Bucket List" African Safari Adventure...Who's In? 

In February, 2019 Greg from HW Photo & Safaris is taking another group of safari guests to Kenya. We call it the "Bucket List African Safari Adventure". Whether it be having breakfast with Rothschild giraffes at Giraffe Manor, watching elephants walk by your tent or floating 60 feet above the Mara river in a hot air balloon (hot air balloon rides are optional and an extra cost), all of these activities are truly "bucket list" events. 

Life is not measured Leopard 

Meet Blossom at Little Governors' Camp. You are very likely to see Blossom and or Possum (two huge elephant bulls) and several other ellies while at LIttle Governors' Camp. They have been wandering through the camp for the past thirty-plus years. I can't see them changing their ways any time soon. 

Kenyan Itinerary: 

February 22 & 23- Ololo Safari Lodge. Ololo Safari Lodge is located on 20 acres on the south edge of Nairobi National Park. Only half an hour after we leave the airport we will already be in Nairobi National Park on the way to the lodge. There we will recover from the international travel. For the early risers, the next morning we will have the opportunity to go on our first official game drive in the park. This will give us the chance to scrape the rust off our photography skills.  

February 24-28- Zebra Plains 

Zebra Plains is located in great leopard and cheetah territory. As the name suggests the area is very densely populated with massive herds of zebras. 

March 1-5 

Little Governors Camp Tent 

Little Governors' Camp- Little Governors' Camp is located in the Northern area of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The area is home of the famous Marsh Pride of lions. This area also has huge numbers of elephants. It is common to see between 100-500 elephants in the Marsh area just a few minutes away from camp. 


A hot air balloon flight is optional at an additional cost and another fantastic experience that Little Governors' has to offer. People come from miles away to go up in a hot air balloon and float over the Mara river. We just have to get up and take the short walk behind the kitchen as the balloon rides depart from our camp. 

Hot AIr Balloon Flight over the Mara River 


This video was taken through the screen of our tent while in camp. Who needs to go on safari when a herd of elephants are 20 feet from your tent. 

"I have been on many safaris around the world. There is something a little more special about staying in tented luxury camps in the Masai Mara. Staying at a property that has no fences, where the animals wander through the camp day and night. That to me is a true 24/7 safari experience. You are perfectly safe in your tent at night as the guards watch over each of the tents all night long. Meanwhile you go to sleep to the sound of hippos in the river and marsh. You are likely to hear hyenas laughing and lions roaring in the distance. It makes for a very sound sleep. Between the sounds of the bush and the hot water bottles in my bed each evening, I have my best sleeps while in the Masai Mara."

-Greg Harvey 

March 6- Girafe Manor & Private Tour of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Elephant Sanctuary) 

After our private tour of the elephant sanctuary we will return to the Giraffe Manor for high tea where we will have the chance to interact with the giraffes. Dinner is at 8p.m. 

Feeding a giraffe at Giraffe Manor




Giraffe Manor.  

Giraffe Manor Mansion

After we check out from Giraffe Manor we'll go to Mat Bronze for a visit to their gallery and have lunch. After lunch we will visit a wood sculpturing gallery and store, Kazuri Beads and an open air market for some beautiful souvenirs. From there we will go to the Four Points Sheraton where we will check in to a day room to freshen up, re-pack if necessary and have a farewell dinner. Then it is a five minute drive to the Nairobi International Airport for our flights out at 11p.m. to 12:30a.m. on the next day. 

Pat Feeding a Giraffe from a room at Giraffe Manor

International Flights Back Home. 

-End of Safari- 

Details, Details, Details... 

We will have 14 people in our group. That gives us the leverage we need so the camps love our buiness. It also gives us the non-photographer vs photographer ratio that we need. Four non-photographers per vehicle or three photographers per vehicle. Each non-photographer gets his or her own window seat. Each photographer gets his or her own row so he or she can photograph out of both sides of the vehicle. 

While at Zebra Plains we will be visiting a village and Loigero primary school. For those who are interested we will be donating much needed clothing, blankets, school and basic living supplies to this school. Our goal this trip is to donate 700 pounds of supplies between the 14 of us. 

Baby Elephant Nursing

Safari Cost- The cost of this five star trip is $7,200.00 U.S. per person based on double ocupancy including flights to the Masai Mara from Nairobi and back. This ate does not include international flights. Ololo Safari lodge will pick you up from the airport. 


20% deposit to hold your spot 

40% due August 31, 2018 

40% due December 31, 2018 

Included In Safari Cost- Meals and accommodations at Giraffe Manor, Little Governors' Camp, Zebra Plains. Laundry, flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara and back, 2-3 safari drives per day while in the Mara, visit to the school, bottled water on game drives and transportation in Nairobi. 

Not included: International flights, gratuities, alcohol, pop, personal purchases, (pop and alcohol are included while at Zebra Plains) $50 US for Kenya Visa (must be paid in cash upon arrival at Nairobi airport), $40 for those interested in visiting the village. Meals not included are lunch and dinner in Nairobi before flying home on our last day.  

Who is this trip for?? I love kids, but please note that this trip is intended for people 25 years old and older. Special consideration may be made for someone 18-24, but this trip is not for minors. 

Photography Workshop: Greg teaches a wildlife photography class at the Burwell School of Photography. Click here to out the dates for the next wildlife photography course in Edmonton. This course will help you take better images while on safari. 

To secure your African reservation email greg@hwphoto.ca Please email with questions or call 780-945-6882 

Group Photo