Monday, November 26, 2012

KENYA PHOTO SAFARI - November 2012

The Kenya photo safari has just ended and we had yet another amazing trip filled with some fantastic photo opportunities and experiences.
We had amazing weather, again quite unusual for November as we did expect some rain as it is the start of the short rains. However we were treated to full days of great light !!

Samburu Reserve surprised us with a beautiful green flush after some heavy rain, quite uncommon for this very dry part of Kenya, but the green provided some unusual back grounds, quite different to the trips in August. We had a great sighting of a female Leopard on the first afternoon and we did see the Lions too. Perhaps the Elephants were most interesting covered in their red mud which really made them stand out against the greenery :)

On to Lake Nakuru which has risen even more and new roads are under construction away from the edge of the Lake. We got some great time with a group of White Rhinos and the Pelicans are still there in good numbers. The group decided to try a day visit to Lake Bogoria, about 2 hrs away to see if we could have some joy with the flamingos and the decision to go was a good one. The Lake is very beautiful and we got really close to the edge and to groups of feeding flamingos.

Final destination - the Maasai Mara which provided a lot of action starting with a cheetah chasing down a baby Impala only to be chased off by a herd of Hartebeest !! the poor injured Impala was then snatched by some opportunistic Hyaenas who had watched all the commotion from a distance.

We had Lions drinking, with cubs, on kills and on termite mounds :)

A big female Leopard in a tree with a Reedbuck kill produced some great shots and the Elephants were in good numbers and in good areas for scenic shots and sunsets.

Many thanks to all the staff at the lodges we stayed at and to our guides, James, Julius and Silas !! we are looking forward to next years trip !!

Enjoy some photos and the tour video !!

Kindest regards to all

Stu


Movie clips from Photo Tour



Giraffe in Samburu

Giraffe in Maasai Mara

Leopard in Samburu

Yellow Necked Spurfowl - Samburu

Elephants - Samburu

Female Gerenuk - Samburu

Lions - Samburu

Pygmy Falcons - Samburu

Grevy's Zebra - Samburu

Cheetah - Maasai Mara

Zebras - Maasai Mara


Hippo - Maasai Mara

Lion on kill - Maasai Mara

Serval - Maasai Mara

Sleepy Cheetah - Maasai Mara

Little Beeaters - Maasai Mara

Cheetah chasing Zebras - Maasai Mara

Male Cheetah - Maasai Mara

Zebras fighting - Maasai Mara

Topi fighting - Maasai Mara

Male Lion shaking flies off - Maasai Mara

Photographing Lions - Maasai Mara

Cheetah - Maasai Mara

Cheetah and Elephant - Maasai Mara

Elephant - Maasai Mara

Leopard and Giraffe - Maasai Mara

Giraffe - Maasai Mara

Waterbuck jumping - Maasai Mara

Topi - Maasai Mara

Elephants - Maasai Mara

Lioness - Maasai Mara

Hartebeest - Maasai Mara

Lions - Maasai Mara

Elephants at sunset - Maasai Mara

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