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John and Carole-Masai Mara Trip October 2007

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We had a couple of “southerners” with us. We thoroughly enjoyed their company, sense of humor and drawls, although we had to keep on reminding them who won the war.



Carole showing off her shooting style in the early morning sun with the
Canon 70-20mm lens and the Mark II N camera

John’s shooting style with the Canon 500 mm lens and the 5D camera

Looks like John lost the drinking game last night

While John was sick to his stomach from the night before Carole was enjoying her breakfast in the Mara

A good nights sleep and John is good to go until the next night’s drinking game

Keeping an eye out for anything that moves

Her hard work paid off with these two young lion brothers

We had plenty of time to watch their behavior and set up for our shots

The first brother walked to a waterhole just to our right

And the second followed right behind

Our guide know these lions were going for a drink, so he has us lined up for our shot before they got there.

This gave Dr. P time to set up the camera for John to get a nice shot of them drinking

And here it is

After their drink they walked right past us and John set up for another nice shot

They walked so close they could easily jump into the vehicle. No worries though because Carole is keeping a wary eye on them

With Carole protecting us John got another good one

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Masai Mara 2007-Guides

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We had numerous guides at each camp. All were extremely competent, patient, and friendly. Without their expertise in spotting animals and reading their behavior we would never have seen even a fraction of what we saw. They are earger to learn all about the world, and I spent many an enjoyable hour talking about our country and what goes on in the world. They do not have access to this information and were spellbound when they found out all the things that go on in the world and how our political/legal system is so different from theirs.



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Masai Mara 2007-Masai people

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They came down from the Sudan in the 1400’s and settled in this part of Kenya. Even though the men dress like warriors they tend to be more of a herding people.

The Masai are colorful, warm, and friendly. They consider it an honor when you visit them in their villages, and are proud of their heritage. Their economic goal is to amass as many cattle as they can. They also make great subjects for photography.

This is what the Masai people live for


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Masai Mara 2007 PlainsAnimals

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A large number of mammals call the Mara their home. This page has a small sample of what you might see on a trip to the Mara. It includes wildebeests crossing the Mara river, hippos, rhinos, fighting zebra, beautiful giraffe, Topi young and adult, an actual birth of a Topi, and many graceful gazelle.

The large expanse of the Mara give you a nice persepctive


Its this guy right here, called a wildebeest, that is the heart of the annual migration of plains animals in the Mara



When the wildebeest come to the rivers edge you never know what will happen. They might take a drink, just turn around and leave, cross in an orderly fashion, or cross in a chaotic manner.



When they do cross it might be in an orderly fashion

Then again, it might not. Some of them get scattered down river and have to swim in deep water


Even the zebra got disoriented sometimes

The black and white stripes of the common zebra give a nice constrast for photography


Male zebra in a real fight for dominance



Grevy zebra found in the central part of Kenya at the Lewa camp we stayed at. Their strips are much more narrow, they have a brown muzzle, and they are larger than the common zebra.



Notice the wound on the back of his left leg?

Male Impala looking over his territory


Impala male feeding and also marking his territory


His harem of females


Males prepared to fight for the right to take over the harem


Closeup of a Thompson’s gazelle


Herds of cape buffalo are a common sight. This old male had been pushed out of the herd, and is not an animal to approach.


Even though they might be comical looking, hippos kill more people in Africa than any other mammal

There are only a few rhino left in the Mara. We saw this one just after we saw the mating lions.


The majority of rhino we saw are in protected conservation areas like Lewa. This is a white rhino. Black rhino are quite rare. I went on a black rhino trip in Zimbabwe. Click here if you want to learn more about it.


This youngster was being hand raised at Lewa


Topi are interesting creatures, and the young sometimes frolic right in front of you



We got real lucky one day and actually got to see the birth of a topi. From the time it started until the time the calf walked away with its mother was 30 minutes. If it wasn’t for our guide we would never have noticed this topi was acting different.

The foot is starting to come out

The face is in full view

You can see the face and both front feet

She decided to lay down for the final push

And started cleaning it right away

His first look at the world was us- we feel priviledged!

He soon got on his wobbly feet and attempted to stand several times over 10 minutes. He was not very successful at first.

When he caught the hang of it off he went with his mother

We had plenty of chances to get some good giraffe shots, especiallly at Ol Seki camp


They are skittish, but sometimes they let you come a little closer.



At Lewa we got the closest because we were on horseback. These are reticulated giraffe. Compare their pattern to the Masai giraffe above.

Elephants are numerous in Kenya, especially since hunting has been banned since 1977. This female at the back is walking her family right past us one morning just after we ate our breakfast in the Mara.


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Bob was a Nikon kind of guy so we had to put up with his superior attitude. Linda had to teach Bob
how to take great photos. Thanks Linda!

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