In October of 2007 I took a group of people to the Masai Mara in Kenya for a photographic workshop during the wildebeest migration. Even though we literally took tens of thousands of photos by the time we were done (in spite of the fact we missed many great photo ops), it was primarily a fun shop. Our goals were to travel to an exotic locale, have an adventure, enjoy each other’s company, get some memorable photos, and view some spectacular wildlife. We scored on all accounts, and want to share this adventure with everyone.
We will be going on future trips, so if this type of travel interests you let us know soon because we have to plan several years in advance. After 1 1/2 years of planning for this trip it’s hard to believe that we have already gone on the trip and have been back for a few months. Time to start planning our next adventure…..
The location of our trip was the Masai Mara, the northern end of the Serengeti which is located in southwest Kenya. It is here that the wildebeest and and other plain’s animals migrate in numbers that go up to 1.5 million in some years. This is also near the Great Rift Valley, which is the area that our earliest ancestors originated from as they colonized the world. It is fascinating to be in this area, imagining them coming down from the trees millions of years ago and adapting to this environment as they evolved into human beings.
The wildebeest migration was at the heart of our trip
The Masai Mara is in the southwest corner of Kenya, at the black arrow. We were 1 degree south of the equator.
A more detailed view of the Mara with the black arrows at Rekero and Ol Seki camps. Each group stayed at one of these two camps. At the end of their 5 day stay each group flew to a camp called Lewa in the central part of Kenya for 3 days.
The Mara is part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem. As you can see from this map, even though I spent 3 weeks in the Mara and thought it was huge, it is tiny compared to the Serengeti.
It is the wildebeest migration from the Serengeti into the Mara and back each year which is the source of one of the greatest animal migrations on our planet, and what we went to see.
We took lots of photos. Some of them even came out good enough to show you. Be thankful we are only going to make you endure a fraction of the pictures we took. I am happy that everyone had a great time and nothing rained on our parade.
This page is broken down into 6 main sections. Click on the main photo for each section and you will be taken through a succession of pages within that section.The 6 sections are in this order:
- The 3 groups that went on the trip over a 3 week period of time- if you want a good laugh this is the section for you
- The Wildlife- predators, plain’s animals, bird, etc. This section has some of our better photos
- The Masai people in their native villages
- The very capable and “eagled-eyed” guides that were crucial to our wildlife viewing
- How we got the shot- we show you the technical details of one of our shots
- Our camps- Rekero, Ol Seki and Lewa
- The photographic equipment we used
All the wildlife photos on this page have been decreased in size and resolution for faster downloading on the web, so they do not show their true beauty. They are available in very high resolution and suitable for customizing and printing out at professional quality at 30 ” x 20″. Let me know if any individual photo interests you.
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The 3 groups and their nicknames
You have to click on the link to understand what an “Ibble Dibble” is
Their nickname originates from the fact they worked hard to find cheetahs. They did see lots of giraffe though.
By the way, do you know the current proper name of a group of giraffe ?
Their nickname derives from the number of photos they took (and unfortunately, I had to edit) for this page
The Wildlife of Kenya
The Masai people and Guides
How we got the shot
This page gives you the technical details of how we used our equipment to shoot a hunting cheetah
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