On Safari in Kenya

On Safari in Kenya

The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous spot in #Kenya. A full #active day of animal watching was the best time we had so far. We saw gazelles, zebras, lions, and had the privilege of seeing part of the wildebeest migration. Thankfully, I captured some fantastic #wildlife on camera for you to enjoy!


Over thousands of wildebeests and zebras sprawl across the vast grasslands, peppering the landscape that runs for miles into the horizon. We’ve seen them before – but now to see them in such big numbers is just impressive. As we drive further along the rolling hills and surprisingly green fields, the sheer sight of the thousands of animals before us leaves us silent in awe.

We are game driving in Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, well known as one of the best reserves in East Africa. This is also where the annual migration takes place. Each year, impressive herds of over one million wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles cross over the plains from the Serengeti in search of new pastures. Even though we are here towards the end of the season, we have the great fortune of witnessing a small fraction of the migration. Over tens of thousands of wildebeests are grazing on the grasslands, some lounging around as though it were a Sunday afternoon, while others trample over one another in search of food.

we have the great fortune of witnessing a small fraction of the migration
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Hotel Mara River Camp

 Mara Rianta, Mara North, Masai Mara, Kenya

But it’s not just the annual migration that I’m here for. During our game drives in the Masai Mara, I’ve been rewarded with plenty of impressive wildlife sightings: from cheeky little jackals scrambling around the bush, to an elephant family of eight feasting together, a pool filled with lazy hippos, and a handsome cheetah just sitting under a tree a few feet from us. The highlight is definitely seeing a group of 11 young lions feasting on a freshly captured zebra, its black-and-white-striped skin and blood-red flesh clearly visible as the lions gnawed and devoured it up.

 I’ve been rewarded with plenty of impressive wildlife sightings

Thanks to my 300mm lens, I managed to capture some pretty good shots of the action. Enjoy!

Wildebeests grazing on the grasslands of Masai Mara – this is just a small fraction of the annual migration
A group of young lions are feasting on a zebra whose skin, teeth and flesh are visible
Lions on the prowl
This pair of young lions  take the opportunity to enjoy the shade
This pair of young lions take the opportunity to enjoy the shade
These are older lions as you can see from their mane
Halfway through our drive, we see a handsome cheetah resting under a tree
Look at the beautiful tear stains beneath its eyes and the immaculate spots on its body
Our last stop brought us to the Keekorok Lodge, a luxury safari lodge with a beautiful waterhole that’s home to plenty of hippos, maribou storks, and herons
Our last stop brought us to the Keekorok Lodge, a luxury safari lodge with a beautiful waterhole that’s home to plenty of hippos, maribou storks, and herons
At the Mara River, a pod of hippos float lazily in the water – seemingly unfazed by the horrible stench from the antelope carcasses
After crossing a series of streams, we come across an elephant family of eight all hanging out together
A closer look at the elephant’s wrinkles, trunk and tusks
The cape buffalo is considered one of the Big Five
This pair of jackals are lingering near the lions as they feast on the zebra- obviously trying to steal a bite
At the Keekorok Lodge, I stumble upon these adorable two vervet monkeys
A safari jeep trundles along the path that winds its way through the Masai Mara
Besides the acacia trees, the grasslands of Masai Mara are dry and barren

I hope these photos will gave you an idea of how amazing wildlife watching in the Masai Mara can be!

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