HWP Safaris...: Big Cats of the Masai Mara Photographer's Safari

Picture of a leopard cub lying in a tree in the Masai Mara National Park. Photo by Harvey Wildlife Photography.
Leopard cub lying in a tree 2016

Picture of a leopard cub lying in a tree in the Masai Mara National Park. Photo by Harvey Wildlife Photography.

Big Cats of the Masai Mara Photographer's Safari. 

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February 4-16, 2017 

Itinerary: 

February 5- Fairview Hotel 

February 6-9- Mara Intrepids 

February 10-15 Governors' Camp 

February 16- Fly Home 

Leopard Cub 

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. 

We will be spending four days at Mara Intrepids on the Talek river in the central Mara. The Talek river is great leopard territory and close to good cheetah territory. 

Mara Intrepids tent

 

For the next six days we will be at Governors' Camp in the northern Mara. Governors' Camp is the base that many of the Masai Mara documentaries and movies were filmed from such as Big Cat Diary, The Truth About Lions and Disney's African Cats. It is also home to the famous Marsh pride and the beautiful leopard Romi. It is an area teeming with wildlife. In February, 2016 when we were there, there were over 500 elephants within a mile of camp. On our two previous visits to the camp we had great cheetah sightings near Governors' camp as well. 

Governors' Camp Tent

 

Who: 

Join Greg from Harvey Wildlife Photography and seven other photographers. We are keeping the group small but large enough to garner group rates. 

Flights to the Mara: 

We will be chartering a 12 seater cessna. This will allow each of us to fly in 130 pounds of luggage and camera gear. If we didn't charter the cessna we would each only be allowed 33 total pounds.  

Exclusive Vehicle Use at Mara Intrepids and Governors' Camp: 

The exclusive vehicle use cost ranges from $300 to $550 per day in the Mara. On this safari, exclusive vehicle use for us is included. Each photographer is guaranteed their own row in the vehicle so they can photograph out of both sides of the vehicle.  

Cost:- $5500.00 U.S. Based on double occupancy. You can travel as a single photographer without a single supplement. We do have to double up in tents though so you will be rooming with another photographer of the same sex. 

Included: 

One night at the Fairview hotel in Nairobi, all ground transfers, all accommodations and meals in the Mara 

Not Included: 

International Flights, Kenyan Visa- $50 US cash at arrival, tips, breakfast at the Fairview hotel, lunch and dinner in Nairobi after our safari, alcohol and pop. personal Items. 

There are three things that frustrate photographers the most about safaris. On this trip they have all been addressed and taken care of. 

1. Weight Restrictions- Check. 130 pounds per person. 

2. Too Many People in a Vehicle - Check. One photographer per row. Maximum three photographers per vehicle. 

3. Too Expensive?- Check. Great safari locations with group rates. Exclusive vehicle use and generous weight allowances on the plane to the Mara. 

Deposit: 

I am only accepting 7 photographers on this trip. We will have eight photographers total. 

$500 U.S. will hold your spot. 

$2500 U.S. is due by October 1st. 

$2500 U.S. balance is due December 1st. 

First 7 photographers to pay a deposit go to Kenya. 

*Deposits and balances are non-refundable. 

If you can't make it, the trip is transferrable if someone can take your spot and pay the balance. 

*Please purchase travel insurance.