Any safari is particular, however this one was extraordinary. We’ve been to Africa ten occasions, and seen loads, however our safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara was mind-blowing. I hope my photos give an concept of how extraordinary our sightings have been. Listed below are my basic feedback on the journey.
Our Journey Chief Felix: An excellent information, a genius with automobile place, nice firm, and LUCKY. One afternoon within the Mara Triangle, he received the vibe that rhinos have been about, acknowledged the voice of a person on the radio that he’d labored with, referred to as him on his cell, and received the placement. We arrived in time to have the most effective place as three black rhinos emerged from the thick bush and walked proper in entrance of our automobile.
After which there have been occasions once we simply noticed somebody driving like heck, and discreetly, however quickly adopted. These events usually concerned loads of autos, however Felix was fabulous at discovering simply the best place. One morning, we have been “sharing” a leopard embedded in thick shrubs, however Felix managed to place us in a spot (first attempt) the place we might see her by means of home windows between the tree trunks; extra to the purpose, he steered we wait till 9:30 to see if she emerged and crossed the gully to the place her kill was seen, hanging in a tree. At 9:29, she did, walked proper in entrance of our automobile, and posed for a few of the finest leopard photographs we’ve ever taken. ‘Nuff stated.
Sightings: WOW! What loads of “firsts” and “bests” we racked up. Not simply new animals and birds, but additionally new behaviors to look at, together with a warthog consuming meat (a primary even for Felix) and a lion attacking a hippo.
Lions digging out a warthog from a burrow.
A household of cheetah looking and catching a warthog.
Lions mating. Two warthogs consuming from the pool at our tented camp with us about 4 ft away. And extra.
We had three river crossings, all in the identical day. Two comparatively small crossings by wildebeest, with no casualties, and one by Thomson’s gazelles, which confirmed nature at its most savage: three killed by crocs, and one by a hippo (one other first for Felix).
Backside line: most likely our greatest safari ever.
– Images and textual content by 6-time WT adventurer John Sommerer, Masai Mara Safari