Day 1: Masai Mara Photo Safari

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The Masai Mara is amazing.

Gerry van der Walt - Masai Mara

We are currently based at the brand new Wild Eye Mara camp and both the camp and the reserve have not disappointed.

On our first morning drive we saw two crossings, a huge pride of lions on a kill, herds of buffalo and a clan of hyena with brand new youngsters.

Our camp has seen almost a year’s worth of organizing come together.  At this stage it is quite surreal to arrive back at our own camp.  Exciting, scary and humbling at the same time.  Images and a whole lot more to follow!

I have also, during this morning drive, found myself again.  Photographically speaking.

It has been a rough few months and in between all the work I have not paid enough attention to my own photography and with that comes a lack of ideas, confidence and inspiration.

The Mara has cured me.  Whether it is the wide open landscapes, number of photographic opportunities or the fact that our camp, after so much time and effort, is up and running – it feels good.

I am shooting less but I am shooting better.  My strike rate is higher and I feel confidence returning.

It feels good.

I will be sharing an image or two a day from the Mara but the real cracker images I will be keeping back for a bit.

I want to take my time to sort them, process them and rediscover my photographic self.

It’s been a while.

For now, a quick shower, a slow Tusker and the sound of the hippos in the Mara river – the stuff African dreams are made of!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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