With our overland safari tour already off to a good start, we wasted no time in kicking the adventure into full gear. We arrived at Masai Mara National Reserve in the afternoon after a long drive through Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. For the next few hours, we were treated to an amazing array of animals everywhere we looked.
The great wildebeest migration was well under way. Over the course of about a month, a staggering 1.5 million wildebeests make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara. For wildebeests, it means fresh pastures and new sources of water. For lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and vultures, it means a buffet line just walked into their house. For us, it meant more exotic animal sightings in one place than we could dream of.
Here are my favorite shots from 2 days within the reserve. I hope you enjoy!
That night we slept at the campground on the edge of the park. Nothing between us and the untamed wildlife but 2 Masai guards and their spears! Masai Mara is far from city lights, so the night sky was just as impressive as the landscape. If we didn’t have to wake up before dawn the next day I would have stayed up to watch the stars and listen to the howling of the hyenas.
We set out before sunrise the next day to catch the action before the animals took their midday siesta. As an added bonus, our timing provided us with the glorious lighting of the morning golden hour.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to get an early start. If anyone out there wants to sponsor a return journey and a hot air balloon ride, I’d love to see the savanna from their perspective!
I can’t believe how close we got to this cheetah. Thankfully, it was resting with its belly full from a recent kill. Otherwise, it could have pounced on us like chew toys.
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