I had such an incredible time in the Mara on my first Mara Experience week with Jashika Patel from the UK and Andrei Pawlaczyk from Poland, between the three of us we came to the conclusion that a guest blog was a must! They both agreed that they wanted to share their experience with others.
So, having said that – here is what they had to say about their experience and some incredible images they captured during our week in the Masai Mara.
“It was my second time visiting the Wild Eye camp in the Masai Mara and it was the most incredible week with many precious moments. A few of my highlights: The feeling that I got when I walked into camp again, I felt ‘home’. Hugging Mary after 5 years, she is such a special soul. A few precious moments with a leopard cub. A lion and lioness roaring at sunrise, no words. Watching over 20 giraffes go about their day. Percy pigs. Watching a very lazy crocodile rub noses with zebras! Dinner conversation with Tenke and Dikson about our childhood days – and the look on Tenke’s face when Trevor shared his story, tears of laughter! Hundreds of zebra crossing and braving the crocodile infested waters. My first proper sighting of a rhino.
It broke my heart to leave but I will be back. A huge thank you to all the staff for everything they do, it just wouldn’t be the same experience without them. A special shout-out to Trevor McCall-Peat who was the best guide ever and Andrei Pawlaczyk who was the best jeep-mate a girl could ask for!” – Jashika Patel
”As a photographer amateur, it has been my dream to visit Africa and have a first-hand experience with its rich wildlife. Years has passed, still this dram remains a dream.
As what John Lennon once said, “a dream you dream alone is only a dream. But a dream you dream together is reality.” So I planned to make my dream a reality this time around, with the help and assistance from WildEye, I packed my bag and fly directly to Kenya, to witness the wildest untouched savannah of South Western Kenya, The Masai Mara.
This trip has all my firsts in this side of the world, my first time in Africa, my first ever Safari Experience, my first close encounter with the animals in the open wild and take some shots of them with my camera that will be definitely for the book. If i’m gonna describe this wild experience in one word, it’s SUREAL. It’s more than what I expected, more than what I used to dreamt of. If you’re a travel and photography enthusiast, and has a heart for nature and wild life and want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Wild Eyes’s Masai Mara Adventure is the perfect place to be.
Since the first time I set foot on the Camp, it feels like a home away from home. They offer a different kind of homey vibe that you will not ever feel like a stranger but instead, they made me feel like a brother, a family. The location of the camp is just so perfect, it lies on the river side where you can see groups of hippopotamus enjoying their bath under sun. I spent every morning, walking to the side of the river, sit down, relax with a cup of hot Masai Tea while enjoying the fresh air of the wild.
We have everything that we need available in the camp: a comfortable hotel-like room and toilet, with the hot water bath, daily laundry service, the best service from the Maasai Tribe, a freshly cooked meals from sunrise to sunset with exceptional sets of native food and much more.
We started our day very early during our stay in the camp. After having our morning cup, us, guests, together with our best guide ever Trevor, drove to the field for some Safari Games in search of the hidden gems of Masai Mara, the wilds. Bringing our charm and luck, during our daily grind in the Masai field, we were able to see almost every kind of animals that Masai Mara has: from the cubs, the lions and lioness, leopard, hyenas, jackals, wildebeests, zebras (thousands of zebras, actually), buffalos, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceros, crocodiles and many other. I’m already on hype and fulfilled seeing these animals only within 3-5meters away from, but seems like luck is really on our side. Because in one of the days that we were on the Masai, we were able to witness, first river crossing of the period during THE Great Migration. It was just so amazing and incredible seeing thousands of zebras and wildebeest crossing the river, and some fighting for their lives against the hungry crocodiles waiting for their prey to cross. I can still smell the dust cause by the migration and the scene where the crocodile first bit its zebra prey as the water starts to turn gray. Fantastic and really one for the book!!
During safari game in the morning, we will stop in one of the trees to have our breakfast. After every adventure in the field, a hot wet towel is waiting for us from the Maasai people to remove all the dirt we’ve got from the whole day of wild encounter. After a long day, we are heading back to the camp, freshen up and of course, time for some photo touch ups. In the camp, they have this Media Center which is a perfect place for us to check and edit all the photos that we have captured during the day. It has everything that we need, a power connection and a wi-fi which is just so perfect for us. Plus, our best guide Trevor is always giving us a helping hand on how we can improve our shots and taught us some techniques and better approach in taking wildlife photography, more than enough for a first timer like me.
And at night, we are gathered in circle with a fire in the middle to warm the cold nights of Masai Mara. This is where the tribe shares their culture and life stories in the Mara. On the Last night, a festive happened where the Masai Tribe prepared some goat for all the guests, some cultural presentation and of course, the night was filled with stories and laughters that are coming from each one of us.
Everyone can go to Masai Mara easily, but not anyone can enjoy the way I did, if not because of the WildEye and the Masai Camp Family, i will not be able to enjoy my first Safari Experience the best way that I did. As Masai people says, “Only mountain can’t go to visit another one, but people can.” So one thing is for sure, I will definitely come back soon to visit my new Masai Mara Family” – Andrei Pawlaczyk
Great shots Jashika and Andrei! As you can see, we had a pretty incredible week together in the Mara and I look forward to our next safari together…
Until next time,
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