Scarface the Lion: The Masai Mara Legend

Photographing Scar the lion in the Masai Mara

It was he, Scarface the lion (Scar), curled up like a housecat in the grass, his thick dew-covered mane sparkling in the sun. His brothers Hunter, Sikio, and Morani were nearby; they also slept. The Four Musketeers, known for their prowess and savagery, instead looked precious where they lay. Updated June 2019 Though all are well […]

How to See the Big 5 in Kenya and So Much More

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The Big 5 in Kenya has drawn animal and photography lovers for decades. I’ve been to the country four times on safari and loved every minute of it, but on my most recent trip, I explored facets of the country’s culture and wildlife I’d never experienced before. Over 5 days, I spent time in Nairobi, […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Planning Your Kenya Wildlife Safari

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You’ve been dreaming about going to Kenya wildlife safari. Good choice. There’s no better time to go. Kenya Airways now has a direct flight from New York to Nairobi, which means the usual 22-hour journey, including a layover, is now a 14-hour direct flight. Trust me, even though it’s still a long-haul it’s so much better than going […]

Kenya Airways Review: Direct Flights to Nairobi, Kenya From New York

The Windows on the inaugural flight of Kenya Airways JFK to Nairobi

When traveling to long distance dream destinations, getting there is often a nightmare. Anything that cuts down on transit time is worth its weight in gold. I’m not one to write about specific flights or airlines per se, but as a self-confessed safari addict, Kenya Airways’ (KQ) new direct flight to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital from […]

The Dance of the Samburu Tribe

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I’m watching girls from the Samburu Tribe whisper to each other, their hands cupped over their mouths in playful secrecy. I can’t help but laugh, it’s funny how some things are so universal. The scene reminds me of my high-school days, my friends and I giggling over my latest crush. The men, a few feet […]

Is a Crossing During the Great Wildebeest Migration Really That Special?

Large heard of wildebeest walking past camera in the Masai Mara, Kenya

If you haven’t seen a crossing during the great wildebeest Migration in person (trust me) no documentary will ever do it justice. It’s like trying to capture the enormity of the Himalayas in a photograph or the feeling of flight from a video. Crossings are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Every crossing is unique and […]

Kenya Safari Lodges with Spectacular Views

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There are beach people and there are mountain people and I am most definitely the latter. There’s something inherently peaceful about looking at the countryside from above. Serenity washes over me as if the worries of the day are exhaled along with my breath. I’ve always been drawn to the clouds. So it’s not too […]

Miracle Sightings in Kenya’s Masai Mara

Photographing a caracal and black-backed jackal in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Pangolin! It’s a pangolin! Oh my God, it’s a pangolin!!! I might as well have said “Pigs are flying! Pigs are flying!” Because until that moment, both were just as unlikely. Pangolins are one of Africa’s most elusive creatures and rarely seen. I’ve spoken to guides who’ve spent 24/7 in the bush and have never […]

Andrew Beck: Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist, Man about The Bush

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I was checking in at the Ole Sereni hotel in Nairobi when I heard the familiar sound of a South African accent behind me. I turned to find Andrew Beck grinning from ear to ear, his hand outstretched to shake mine. It was the first time I’d met Andrew in person though I’d known him […]

Why An Amboseli Safari Should be on Every Elephant Lover’s List

Herd of elephants in Amboseli Kenya

It was my first hour on my Amboseli safari and upon checking into the Serena Amboseli Lodge, the receptionist handed me a room key attached to a foot-long wooden club. “That’s in case the monkeys get too friendly,” she explained. I chuckled and threw her a smile, assuming she was making a joke. She grinned […]