Masai Mara, Kenya Safari - November, 10-23, 2018.
(Arriving in Nairobi November 11, departing Nairobi November 22nd.)
The "Bucket List" African Safari Adventure...Who's In? This trip is now sold out. Our February, 2019 Masai Mara trip will be announced in March. For more information on our Masai Mara trip, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November, 2018 Greg from Harvey Wildlife Photography 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.
The safari dates are November 10-23, 2018. If you have any questions, or to secure your African reservation email email@example.com
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.
Our Objectives On This African Adventure:
Experience African safaris from two camps in the Masai Mara which are located in two of the most densely populated wildlife areas in the Mara. All tents are luxurious, very spacious and have flush toilets and hot showers. Below is a sample of what a tent at Little Governors' Camp looks like.
Experience the culture. Learn a little about the Masai culture. Visit a school and a village. And learn a few swahili words.
Shopping in Nairobi. We will be visiting several markets for your African souvenirs.
-An open-air market for genuine hand-crafted African souvenirs.
-A shop that offers amazing wood carvings.
-Matbronze- A gallery that offers bronze African statues for sale. Whether you have $20 or $50,000 to spend, this gallery has an amazing selection of beautiful African Art for every budget.
-Kazuri Beads -An organization that employs women (mostly single mothers) who make beautiful pottery and jewelry.
-My personal favourite is Edwin. He free-hand etches wildlife images on glass. His work is spectacular! We buy glasses from him every time we go to Nairobi.
Wildlife Education and Up-Close Wildlife Encounters- We will enjoy a private tour of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and will meet the orphaned ellies at a scheduled feeding time.
Giraffe Manor and Giraffe Centre- 100 yards away from Giraffe Manor, the centre provides Rothschild giraffe education. We will walk over for a visit.
Giving Back- When we visit an African village or enjoy a private tour of the elephant sanctuary we have the opportunity to financially help people/animals who truly need it. The simple price of admission (already included) in these instances helps them. For those who are intersted in contributing to the school, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting and Supporting Schools- No one in our group is required to visit the school, but you are certainly invited to if you are interested in meeting the children. Everyone in our group that leaves from Edmonton indirectly supports the school. We are allowed 100 pounds of checked luggage per person on the international flights and only 40 pounds per person on the flights into the Masai Mara. This means we can each take an extra 50 pounds minimum per guest in donated school supplies, clothes, blankets etc. to donate to the schools. For our February, 2018 trip we packed 1000 pounds in donations. It costs nothing for you to help children. No one is asked to donate. We just ask that if you are leaving from Edmonton that you donate your extra checked luggage bag allowance that you don't need anyway. If you are leaving from another city, you may certainly pack a bag of donations for the school if you like. It would certainly be welcomed.
Once in Nairobi, the donated supplies are trucked to the camp. From camp we take the supplies out to the schools to donate them. Up until now we haven't accepted cash donations and that isn't our preference. We only accept donated supplies. If you have clothes ready for good will, donate them to us. Children's books, soccer shoes, anything new or used that a child in need could use that fits in a duffle bag, we accept for donation. We are not asking that you go out and buy supplies although you can if you like. Are your kids grown up and don't need their school supplies anymore? We'll take them! :)
Day 1- Check into 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.
Day 2- 11a.m.- Check into Giraffe Manor.
At 3pm we will visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and will enjoy a private tour of the sanctuary and get a chance to meet the orphaned baby ellies during their 3p.m. feeding. One of the elephant caretakers will educate us on the elephants, the history of the sanctuary and the story of each of the babies at the 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.
Day 3: Enjoy breakfast with the giraffes at Giraffe Manor then fly out to the Masai Mara on the 11:30 a.m. flight, arriving in the Mara at 12:10 p.m. We will be chartering two Cessna Caravans from Governors' Aviation to fly out to the Mara. That way we will be allowed to bring at least 40-50 pounds on board per person rather than the 33 total pounds that is normally allowed on flights to the Mara. The allowable weight is dependant on how many people are in our group.
Welcome to the Masai Mara and welcome to Little Governors' Camp. Check in, have lunch.
Enjoy your first safari game drive from 3:30p.m to 6:30p.m.
Day 3,4,5,6,7, Little Governors' 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 Little Governors' Camp and Mara Explorers camp 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."
Day 8,9,10,11,- Mara Explorer:
Your morning safari goes from 6:15/6:30a.m. to 11:30a.m./noon (if you pack a picnic breakfast. If not it is breakfast back at the lodge for 9a.m., then a second safari drive from 10a.m to 11:30a.m./noon). Lunch is at 1p.m.
Dinner at Mara Explorer...Looks Awesome right? That's because it is!
While at Mara Explorer we will be visiting a village and a girls and boys school. The school is called 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 again this trip is to donate 1000 pounds of supplies between the 18 of us.
This bed looks inviting. A siesta from 2-3p.m. hits the spot.
But so does a bath overlooking the Talek river. Decisions, decisions.
Game drive from 3:30-6:30p.m.
While on safari wild animals see the landcruisers as part of their environment. In this video a cheetah cub sees his reflection in the door and is curious about his new "friend".
Day 12- Morning game drive. Meet up at the airstrip where our luggage will be waiting for us. Fly back out to Nairobi on the 11a.m. Flight to Wilson Airport. Our driver will meet us at the airport. 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. Some last minute souvenir shopping, dinner at Ole-Sereni Lodge restaurant (and a day room to freshen up) and back to the Nairobi International Airport. We added in a day room at Ole-Sereni lodge because our flights out are at 11pm. The day room cost is $30 per person. Each couple/tent mates have an hour to shower and freshen up before dinner so we are getting on the plane for our international flights fresh and comfortable for the long journey home.
International Flights Back Home.
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Details, Details, Details...
We are shooting for 14 or 18 people in our group. That gives us the leverage we need so the camps love our buiness. It also gives us the tourist vs photographer ratio that we need. Four tourists per vehicle or three photographers per vehicle. Each tourist 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.
For one or two people in a vehicle an extra daily charge will be available for exclusive vehicle use.
Safari Cost- The cost of this five star trip is $7,000.00 U.S. per person based on double ocupancy including flights to the Masai Mara from Nairobi and back. This rate does not include international flights. Ololo Safari lodge will pick you up from the airport so whether you want to fly in with us or a day early, let me know and we will ensure you are picked up at the airport.
40% due May 30th
40% due September 26th
Below is an aerial view of the Mara River.
Included In Safari Cost- Meals and accommodations at Giraffe Manor, Little Governors' Camp, Mara Explorer. Laundry at Little Governors Camp. 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, $50 US for Kenya Visa (must be paid in cash upon arrival at Nairobi airport), $40 for those interested in visiting the village. A day room at Ole-Sereni Lodge on our last day. Meals not included are lunch and dinner in Nairobi before flying home on our last day.
An optional hot air balloon safari is not included in safari price. *Please note if a hot air balloon safari interests you it should be booked at time of reservation. The flights often book up months in advance.
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. Check out the dates for the next wildlife photography course in Edmonton. This course will help you take better images while on safari.