I have just finished a safari that turned out to be one great, in what is traditionally considered as ”Quiet season” The safari took me and my guests, an Australian family to Amboseli and Masai Mara. The guests are professional photographers, now working on writing a photographic book ”Africa on Safari” which should be out late next year. This will be done with a collection of photographs taken on trips to different parks in Africa (East & South)
Our main purpose while staying in Amboseli (Tortilis camp), was to photograph elephants against mount Kilimanjaro, or as they walk across the dry lake, taking low angle shots as well as panoramic. We were lucky to have a clear view of the mountain every day we were there.
In Masai Mara, were fortunate in that the expected long rains did not come while we were there. We had great sightings of all the cats and had great photographic opportunities. There were times were spent 5 hours with lions or leopard. The safari ended up being one great trip. The trip highlights were; Jackals hunting a Thomson gazelle, great view of mount Kilimanjaro, big herds of Elephant, lions every day in the Mara, witnessing a take-over by two new males at Double-crossing pride where they killed two cubs (normal with male lions in such take-over). we were also in the Mara over the full moon period and we had wanted to photograph a moon rise with some subject on the horizon, and we managed on one of the evenings. It was such a dramatic chase to get to a perfect spot, having waited in the wrong place not knowing the exact spot on the horizon where the moon will rise!
I am organizing safaris to south Serengeti for February 2015 to witness the mass birth of wildebeests calves. Kindly get in touch if you wish to join me on these trips and i will send you details.
A low angle shot of a male lion
One brave and curious buffalo comes to investigate camera
How do you think this picture was taken?
A lion come closer to have a good look at Kym’s camera
Lions come down for a drink after feeding on a warthog in the Mara
A white backed vulture take off from a kill
We watched this Jackal and another hunt down this Gazelle which which was giving. Life in the wild
A lioness stares at Elephants feeding
Trying Kenyan athletics on the dry salt pan of Lake Amboseli
These beautiful lion cubs were killed the next day of taking this picture, by new males that came into the prides territory when the incumbent males were away. Very sad but life in the wild.