One of the umpteen million reasons that I love to go on safari is that it’s always different. Each day brings a new opportunity for surprises, amazing wildlife and spectacular vistas. And when I say that I don’t mean that every day brings a Nat Geo level extravaganza, the smaller things, a species I’ve never seen before; a brief interaction between animals; a beautiful sunrise across a plain as far as the eye can see, is enough to make my day.
Last year, I was in the Mara Triangle and it was wonderful, truly wonderful. On the way back this year I wondered how it would be to return. In past I’ve been disappointed visiting a place the second time around, especially when the first time was so much fun. Maybe it’s the familiarity, or perhaps the first time was just too special to repeat, but it’s the reason I tend to go to different places each time I travel. I was thrilled however, to find out that not only would this trip equal last years adventure, it exceeded it.
There’s a lot to tell. Sightings that included wildebeest crossings, 6 kills, Scar—a famous male lion not usually found in the part of the Mara I visited—and his two brothers, adorable cheetah cubs, baby elephants galore and a traditional Maasai BBQ, just to name a few of the highlights. Plus I advanced my skills under the watchful eye of two talented photographers, Marlon du Toit and Morkel Erasmus who led our Wild Eye team. Last but certainly not least, it’s always fun to share a great experience with other guests that love photography and wildlife as much as I do.
I’m going through the pics now and I look forward to sharing my stories with you over the next few weeks.
Until then, I leave you with the above photo. I took it on my second day and it was the first crossing out of two during my trip. It was quite a show that included 3 HUGE hungry crocodiles that made a meal out of a few unlucky wildebeest—more on that too down the road.
As always, if you have any questions about Africa, my trip specifically, the Wild Eye team that led the journey, or something wholly unrelated, please don’t hesitate to ask. If I don’t know the answer I’ll ask those in the know to bring you the answer.
Toodles for now…