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A Few Thoughts Before My First EVER Trip To The Masai Mara

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I thought it would be appropriate to write a blog before and after my first experience in the Masai Mara. So here it goes…

During my first month at Wild Eye, I was given the task to put together the blog – 100 Amazing Images from the Mara: The 2017 Guest Edition. As I went through all the images and started creating the blog, I found myself building with excitement. Seeing the quality of the images and the variety of opportunities, was simply mind blowing and coming to the realization that I too would soon visit and experience this amazing place was rather over whelming. Yes, there are a number of places and destinations on my bucket list but the Masai Mara is definitely right at the top.

Tonight, Alistair and I will be flying up to Kenya to spend a week in the Masai Mara. We are both incredibly excited as neither of us have ever been. The two of us started at Wild Eye towards the end of last year, this had given us time to chat to the others in the office regarding the Masai Mara & I cannot wait to see it for myself. Although the mass herds of the Great Migration only start arriving in a few months time, I know that it is not the only reason to visit the Mara, there is so much more to see and explore. It is going to be a great introduction to the Mara, not only to see the reserve but to see the NEW Wild Eye camp and enjoy a completely different area. I have been to many different reserves in South Africa as well as Namibia and Zimbabwe but the thought of visiting somewhere new and being able to see something very different to what I’m used to for the very first time is an exciting thought.

Kenya is where “going on safari” started.  The Masai Mara is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya, and all of Africa in fact. It is widely regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas.  More than 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve located in the Great Rift Valley. It was recently voted the best Game Reserve in the world and I am sure you can imagine the excitement Alistair and I have to get out there and see what the Masai Mara has to offer.

Not only is this a great opportunity for the above, but it will also give Alistair and I the opportunity to experience the Mara in our new camp, this will give us a great idea of what it is like and what our guests in the next few months and years are going to experience.

I cannot put into words how excited I am to be heading up to Kenya. I will be sharing content and my experience on my social media platforms as well as an update once I am back in office…

Until then,

Trevor

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Trevor McCall-Peat

Having Grown up in White River which then was a small town in the Lowveld, I have had an inner burning desire to pursue my passion and love for wildlife. From a young age I was guided by my family who shares the same passion for the natural world as I do. Frequently visiting wilderness areas from a young age instilled a deep craving to explore and learn more about the bush. Once I left school I began my journey to becoming a guide and following my dream. I have been a field guide for the past 9 years, starting out in the Western Cape and then returning to the lowveld where I spent my last 4 years spend at Londolozi Game Reserve where I gained invaluable experience and had the opportunity to learn about myself as an individual. Through my love for wildlife it has kick started my passion for photography and has allowed me to grow and pursue it as a career. Combining an array of different elements such as safaris, photography, being one with nature and sharing experiences with others is something I have really enjoyed doing and looking forward to continuing it on this new and exciting chapter.

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