When Andy Hayes arrived back into the Mara from his Best of Kenya tour with us, he was asked if he had had a good trip and after a reflective thought, he responded, “It exceeded all my expectations”
The Best of Kenya safari took Andy firstly to Samburu Northern Kenya where he was able to photograph two young lions in the bush off the main tarmac. The lions were eating a kill and they stayed to watch. Soon after, the lioness and two small cubs started to make their way towards the other two. The two cubs were more interested in playing with mum and each other. After about an hour they eventually all made it to the kill.
Before returning to their accommodation, they waited for the sun to position itself low towards to horizon. At the same time they looked for some suitable acacia to use in the foreground. Camera settings were checked and a series of images taken as the sun dipped below the horizon.
Leaving the hot dusty plains of Samburu climbing to about 8000 ft around Mount Kenya to Nanyuki. A fascinating town giving a frontier feel. They traveled southwest around the Aberdares to Nyahururu to see Thomson’s falls stopping for a refreshing cool drink. From there they traveled down the Rift valley wall to Naivasha the larger of the two fresh water lakes in the Rift Valley.
He stayed in the old home of George and Joy Adamson, Author of Born Free, which he left in trust for their foundation. Andy took an image from a boat early morning on the lake. They bought some fresh fish from the local fisherman to attract the eagles. The boatman looked for an eagle he was confident would fly down. The boatman prepared the fish, whistled the eagles and threw the fish from the boat. The eagle almost instantly flew down, approached the fish and grasped it with both sets of talons and flew back to a branch for a well-earned meal.
From Naivasha, Andy traveled south across the Rift Valley floor to Narok the Masai capital and the last major town before the Masai Mara. It was a long but rewarding journey into the world famous Masai Mara National Park. The scenery and views were spectacular through to our camp in the heart of the Mara. He spent eight days photographing the abundance of wildlife available.
Enjoy the rest of Andy’s wonderful pictures.