Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Guest Blog: Great Migration Safari – September 2015

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, great migration, Guest 4 Comments

The Great Migration is a unique event on earth for wildlife lovers, to experience it with Wild Eye makes it even more special.

3 years ago Tristan and I met for the first time the Wild Eye team while we joined the 6 days Great Migration.  It was such a great experience, that this year we decided to go for the extended one and everything was just awesome!

Since we’re used to travel often in Africa, when I got back home, people were curious to know whether we’ve seen or experienced something new. What came into my mind were two highlights:

  • We’ve seen our very first caracals, 2 youngsters but they were so shy that we hardly got a shot, but doesn’t matter, we were like happy kids!
  • A 2 hours crossing that we witnessed! It was so intense, my heart was beating so hard that in the end we thought we were there only for 15 minutes!!  Approx. 10 thousands beasts crossed that time.  It was classic!

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Of course, those highlights are just a couple in so many others.

We‘ve been lucky seeing leopards 8 days out of 10, the famous Scar, cheetahs, hyenas, lions.  Pretty “insane” numbers of animals and sightings. Every single day was unique and full of emotions, we would be sensitive while witnessing crocs taking down wildebeests or zebras and the minute after over-excited watching lions hunting.

It was just mind blowing!

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan
Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

From a photographic point of view, we had in mind to play with various settings such as:

Slow motion

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

High Key

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Multiple Exposures

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

What we appreciated a lot is that we could spend the whole day out in the field. No constraint to get back to camp to eat, or rest.  When sightings were plentiful or crossings were building up, we just stayed out there until sunset.

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Back in the camp, the day went on with a drink and gathering all in the media tent, editing pictures with the great support of Andrew and Gerry. 🙂  Those guys are really amazing, helpful, very knowledgeable and available 24-7!   Thanks again…

Such a trip is all about sharing experience, enjoying the atmosphere like around the fire place, appreciating every single moment and also special one like the Masai evening.

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

Wild Eye Guest Post - Karen & Tristan

 

We are used to travel on our own, with a 4×4 in the wild, far from any civilisation.  But I must admit that when it comes to organised trip, Wild Eye is just the company to go with…

That trip was one of those experiences that made us feel alive.

Karen Gautet

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  1. Andrew Beck

    Hi guys

    Love you slow-motion crocodile image Tristan and your High-Key Cheeath shot Karen!

    Whenever you guys are set to join us for a safari it really does feel like catching up with old friends rather than having you as guests but that will never change the amount of effort we put into making you feel welcome and pushing those photographic minds of yours to the limit!

    Thanks so much for putting this together, it is great!

    1. Tristan

      Andrew,
      Thanks for the nice comment ! Surprisingly, you’re silent about the elephant, lol ! You’re right now it is really like catching up with old friends and I love it !! We’ll be back 😀
      Have a good one and until next time 😛

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