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Maasai Mara National Reserve

Narok, Kenya
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A hidden lioness  Narok  Kenya
Dream come true Narok  Kenya
Father & Son Narok  Kenya
Safari Narok  Kenya
Neck and Neck Narok  Kenya
Being Stalked by a Lion Narok  Kenya
The Cheetah Experience Narok  Kenya
The Cheetah Experience Narok  Kenya
The Cheetah Experience Narok  Kenya
Camping with Lions in Maasai Mara Narok  Kenya
Seeing zebras drinking at the watering hole Narok  Kenya
The Hippo Buffet Narok  Kenya
The Hippo Buffet Narok  Kenya
"Pride Rock" on a hike with the Maasai Mara Tribesman Narok  Kenya
Three in a row Narok  Kenya
Lion Yawning Narok  Kenya
Don't wear white on safari... Narok  Kenya
3 days Maasai Mara Narok  Kenya
Breakfast Meeting Narok  Kenya
Budget Safari in the Masai Mara Narok  Kenya
Silent Strength Narok  Kenya
Male Lion Enjoying His Lunch Narok  Kenya
Stop and enjoy the sunset Narok  Kenya
Eye Contact With A Leopard Narok  Kenya
National Geographic in Real Time Narok  Kenya
A Setting of Incomparable Beauty and Harsh Reality Narok  Kenya
Picnic Safari Narok  Kenya
Safari in Kenya Narok  Kenya
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya Narok  Kenya
A hidden lioness  Narok  Kenya
Dream come true Narok  Kenya
Father & Son Narok  Kenya
Safari Narok  Kenya
Neck and Neck Narok  Kenya
Being Stalked by a Lion Narok  Kenya
The Cheetah Experience Narok  Kenya
The Cheetah Experience Narok  Kenya
The Cheetah Experience Narok  Kenya
Camping with Lions in Maasai Mara Narok  Kenya
Seeing zebras drinking at the watering hole Narok  Kenya
The Hippo Buffet Narok  Kenya
The Hippo Buffet Narok  Kenya
"Pride Rock" on a hike with the Maasai Mara Tribesman Narok  Kenya
Three in a row Narok  Kenya
Lion Yawning Narok  Kenya
Don't wear white on safari... Narok  Kenya
3 days Maasai Mara Narok  Kenya
Breakfast Meeting Narok  Kenya
Budget Safari in the Masai Mara Narok  Kenya
Silent Strength Narok  Kenya
Male Lion Enjoying His Lunch Narok  Kenya
Stop and enjoy the sunset Narok  Kenya
Eye Contact With A Leopard Narok  Kenya
National Geographic in Real Time Narok  Kenya
A Setting of Incomparable Beauty and Harsh Reality Narok  Kenya
Picnic Safari Narok  Kenya
Safari in Kenya Narok  Kenya
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya Narok  Kenya

A hidden lioness

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the best places on earth to safari and to spot lions in the wild. The Great Migration, known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a must see. This photo was taken while our vehicle was parked watching a pride of lions in the park. It captures the essence of what safari is all about - spotting the mystical wildlife of Kenya in its natural habitat. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing a lion or lioness up close. I love this photo because the lion so easily blends in with her surroundings that it is easy to see why she rules the animal kingdom.

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almost 5 years ago

Dream come true

I'd dreamed of going to Kenya for years and I've always loved African animals. Getting to see them roaming freely in their own environment is something I'll never forget.
almost 5 years ago

Father & Son

This cub was practicing his stalking and pouncing skills.
almost 5 years ago

Safari

Every day we saw something different. I would definitely recommend at least a 3 day safari. We were able to see the big five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo) and then some. Simply spectacular!
almost 5 years ago

Neck and Neck

Have you ever seen two giraffes fighting? Male giraffes establish dominance and attract mates via combat, using their powerful necks as weapons. The winner of the neck fight gets the girl! The intense thudding of their necks as the bash into one another is jarring to those safari guests intrepid enough to get a closer look.
almost 5 years ago

Being Stalked by a Lion

While you may have imagined for years what it would be like to come face to face with an imposing, stately lion, pursuing unsuspecting prey in his natural habitat, nothing quite prepares you for the bewildering deluge of contradicting emotions that flood through you as the scene unfolds, just steps away. All that stands between you and this massive, powerful beast...is nothing. My husband, Ryan, and I watched helplessly as an abandoned newborn water buffalo we had just befriended unwittingly, began to cry. His hushed whimpers grew quickly into a loud wail as we tried unsuccessfully to lead him away from the danger we knew was just over the hill, but it was no use. In moments, we spotted first one, and then two male lions, brothers we had just been photographing with their cubs, stride slowly but confidently toward this baby, their piercing eyes intelligently assessing the situation. He never had a chance. While we were distressed and couldn't help wishing we had been able to save this sweet creature, we couldn't help but marvel at the strength, grace, and prowess of these two male lions. Unable to tear ourselves away, we watched for several more hours as they not only devoured their meal, but also kept the females and their cubs at bay. Only one baby cub was foolish enough to get too close, and he immediately earned his dad's wrath, limping sadly away with nothing to show for his courage. It was an unforgettable experience!
almost 4 years ago

The Cheetah Experience

On a recent Photography Safari to Maasai Mara, we continued documenting the life of one particular Cheetah called Malaika (Angel In swahili.) We have been following her raise her initial 5 cubs..currently 4 since one was killed by predators a couple of months ago. On this particular experience, as we were filming her, she jumped on to one of the jeeps and her sub adult 4 cubs followed her onto the jeep. The Cheetah mother settled on the top most roof, two on the rear tires, one on the bonnet and another one was curious enough to peep into the open jeep. This normally happens when the Cheetah is looking for a vantage point to scout the plains for potential prey. This lasted some 5 minutes and they all came down and hunted a wildebeest calf from a nearby herd. Quite some wild experience!!
almost 4 years ago

Camping with Lions in Maasai Mara

The thundering vibrations from wildebeest hooves pulse through your body like the drum beats of an approaching army. It’s a dull and distant rumble, but it is visceral and it makes you feel vulnerable and connected. You suddenly feel not much taller than the swaying blades of savannah grass, and imagine how helpless you would be if the thousands of migrating animals veered and trampled through the camp.
over 3 years ago

Seeing zebras drinking at the watering hole

We came upon a herd of zebra divided by the river—half had already crossed, and half were skittishly drinking at the shore, wary of the crocodiles that had just shown up.
about 3 years ago

The Hippo Buffet

Deep in the plains of the Maasai Mara, lives a Lion pride renowned for hunting Hippos down. The pride is known as the Notch Pride. These Lions will waylay a Hippo as it ventures out to feed at night. They are made up currently of three brothers. The Notch pride has also been known to terrorize other male lions and have virtually taken over vast prides within the Maasai Mara National Reserve reserve. As they have grown older, they are normally found near the Mara Rivver within the Look out and Ol Kenju Rongai regions.
almost 5 years ago

"Pride Rock" on a hike with the Maasai Mara Tribesman

After spending a few days camping in a nearby park and exploring the animal reserve the Maasai Mara Tribesman took us on a hike where we gathered fruit and herbs that they later used to cook us a home cooked meal. Half way through the hike we discovered a cliff that reminded us of the "pride rock" in Lion King where we watched the sunset shine across the Kenya landscape.
almost 5 years ago

Stop and enjoy the sunset

I was staying at Richard’s Camp while on safari with Wildland Adventures in the Maasai Mara, Kenya and after an amazing safari it was the last night with my guide. We were sitting on the bonnet of the land rover drinking South African wine and watching the sunset, a brilliant orange sunset with tinges of pink in the clouds, watching the wildebeest of the migration munching grass and listening to the grunts of a hippo from the nearby Talek River. We listened, we watched, we talked. It was beautiful. In the midst of this a minivan full of tourists clicking their camera shutters came rushing by and the driver blurted out something to my guide in Swahili. He responded slowly with a smile and a laugh, and the van quickly hurried off. I asked what happened and my guide grinned, “He wanted to know if we were broken down and needed help.” Nope, just enjoying an unbelievable environment to drink a wonderful glass of red. I couldn’t believe they were missing it.
almost 5 years ago

Safari in Kenya

This was a dream trip for me, and it is impossible to find words to describe seeing the African wildlife close up in their natural environment. The game drives were long, tiring affairs but were so much fun! This is a favorite shot of an elephant off in the distance in the Massai Mara reserve in Kenya.
almost 5 years ago

A Setting of Incomparable Beauty and Harsh Reality

From the spectacle of the wildebeest following the rains for their survival in groups of thousands,
to the rolling green hills and acacia trees, to the abdundance of predators and prey that share the territory,the Maasai Mara is a scene of wild beauty and harsh reality. Here a zebra carcass was picked clean, and so recently that with the
rest of it untouched it looked fake.
almost 5 years ago

Budget Safari in the Masai Mara

It's easy enough to get on a flight to Nairobi, then go on safari in the Masai Mara and see an incredible amount of animals, and hopefully some amazing sights such as this cheetah. But it doesn't have to be nearly as expensive as some may think. Check out a backpackers like Milimani, within walking distance of downtown Nairobi, where they can set you up with just about anything worth doing in the country. A must do while stopping over in Nairobi is to tour the enormous slum Kibera. A place like Milimani can set you up with a local who lives in the township who will show you around for as long as you want. It's an incredibly humbling experience.

Then get on one of their budget safaris. They are well priced, a few hundred for two or three nights, food included. Milimani will organize the return transportation- the driver is also your guide and stays with you the entire safari. The lodging is in tents, just outside the gates to the Masai Mara, and there may not be running water and the toilet may be a hole in the ground, but you are staying adjacent to a Masai village and have a well tended fire to sit next to under the stars while having a beer-- if you brought some with you. The Masai will show you around their village during the day, while game drives are every morning and evening, and the amount of wildlife in the Masai Mara is amazing. And it doesn't matter if you spend a few hundred on a safari or a few thousand, the animals are all the same.
almost 5 years ago

Breakfast Meeting

While enjoying a bush breakfast, complete with entertainment from our hotel, this group of giraffes wandered outone by one. They grouped together as if enjoying the music and watching us eat. After a while, they ejnoyed their own breakfast on the the nearby acacia trees. It was fun to watch them as they went about their business as if this sort of thing happened everyday.
almost 5 years ago

Eye Contact With A Leopard

After a few long days trying to complete the 'Big 5,' we lucked out with this fantastic Leopard encounter in the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

almost 5 years ago

Three in a row

Out of all the animal I saw in Africa, Zebras were my favorite. They're so funny looking and their bray made me laugh every time I heard it
almost 5 years ago

National Geographic in Real Time

It might be illegal to come to Kenya and not go on a safari. The savanna of Masai Mara National Reserve is the picture you had in your mind of Africa.

There are herds of zebras, buffalos and wildebeest graze shortly after you enter the park’s gate. Within a 30km loop you’ve seen elephants, gazelles, giraffes, and lions. A menagerie of wildlife just as National Geographic had describes it.

As we drove through the park, staring slacked jawed, gawking at each animals, I set aside my own discourse on God and religion and thought, if there really is a GOD who created the world in 7 days….WOW….What an imaginative and creative guy he must be. To dream up ALL of these animals and let them co-exists in an eco-system that self sustains and complete. Holy Shit!

An experience that lives up to one’s expectation can be rare. To meet that expectation and hold you in awe is even harder still. A safari tour of Kenya’s national park might seem touristy and pre-packaged (which it is) but there is nothing like seeing all these amazing animals in 3D and merely meters away from you.
almost 5 years ago

Lion Yawning

My wife and I recently traveled to the Maasai Mara, Kenya to go on a safari where experienced the trip of a lifetime. This is just one of the many sights we were lucky enough to see. This male lion had just woken up from a long nap and I was fortunate enough to capture him in the middle of his yawn. The early morning light accentuates his golden mane and highlights the flies around his eyes and head. The long strand of saliva running from the top of his jaw to the bottom helps to frame his enormous mouth dotted with razor sharp teeth.
almost 5 years ago

Picnic Safari

We arrived shortly before the great migration, so we ran into the occasional high-density pocket of wildebeests and zebras (which are really just tawdry donkeys). My buds and I are all pretty serious photographers, and luckily so was our guide who knew the best way to approach an animal so that the light was as ideal as possible. Here we are relaxing and having our lunch, surrounded by many different varieties of animal turds.
almost 5 years ago

Male Lion Enjoying His Lunch

Seeing an adult male lion feasting was truly a treasure of a moment. He did not even seem to notice us or care as he was concerned with tearing off flesh from the corpse of a wildebeest.
almost 5 years ago

Silent Strength

Looking right into the eyes of a full grown female lion is really something special. She was as calm as she was powerful.
almost 5 years ago

3 days Maasai Mara

This is the cheapest and the shortest way to visit Maasai Mara for 3 days at only $625, €445, £395 inclusive of:

* Return flights,3 game drives,park fees,all meals

* Accommodation in self contained tents with hot waters showers and flash toilet with 2 beds
almost 5 years ago

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Explored Kenya and Tanzania with the coolest group of world travelers. Inspired by Out of Africa (clique, yes), I joined a safari solo and found the adventure addictive. One favorite day on the two week journey was exploring the gorgeous Maasai Mara National Reserve which seems to go on forever and watch African Elephants scratch their tush on acadia trees. The sight of Maasi warriors on mopeds in the middle of the park is a sight to behold as well.#neverwillforget
almost 5 years ago

Don't wear white on safari...

We began our safari stranded on a washed out dirt road several hours from the Masaii Mara Game Reserve. Mud splattered all over us as we pushed the truck out of the ditch, and there was no place to wash up. I hopped into the back seat and my friend climbed through the door when the truck started to roll. Our cook Shaggy, who couldn't drive, accidently hit the gear shift. He tried to push the break but hit the clutch instead causing the truck to roll faster. Dick, our driver began to run alongside the truck trying to get in. Unfortunately, we were at the top of a hill headed down with trucks coming up. Several in our group dove for the front seat, as the speed picked up. Dick kept running down the hill with us. In a matter of seconds things got worse, Dick jumped in between our truck and another just as we slammed into it. We sat in awe for a moment, thankful his life had been spared.
Later that day, we saw gazelle, zebra, elephants, a family of lions and the most graceful cheetah lounging on a rock.
I felt incredibly fortunate.