Trip report: Great Migration Week 8

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As we approached our second last week of our Great Migration Safari, we looked back at the countless amazing sightings we have had during this season and if this week the magic could continue.

Coming in to land at Serena Airstrip, it was evident that the thousands of Wildebeest that were present in the Mara Triangle had moved further South, and the usual mass of Wildebeests that occupy the plains were not present.  This could be a  challenging week we thought…

Making our way from Serena Airstrip to Kiboko Camp which was our base for the week, it didn’t take long before the cameras to be put to use, as we found a lonely Cheetah who had just had it’s kill stolen by a Venue of Vultures.

Arriving at Camp we were met by the ever friendly faces of our Wild Eye Staff, before doing a detailed introduction to the Camp, plans for the week and a general familiarisation of the area.  For those of you who have been to our Mara Camp, you will know that the days are action packed and spending time in the field is our main goal, so after a delicious lunch it was time to head out and see what the Mara had on offer for us.

Shortly after leaving Camp, a few hundred meters to be exact we found a Lioness who was clearly on a mission, and her mission was… FOOD!  We sat quietly as we witnessed poetry in motion, watching her stalk, her body so low that seeing her through the grass proved to be a challenge even though we knew where she was.  Everyone in the vehicles had their thoughts on what her plans might be, will she use the thicket between her and the Wildebeest as cover?  Will she wait for the sun to go down a bit?  Nope, she went straight for it and before we realised what was happening we were covered in a cloud of dust.  What an unbelievable way to start our week, was this giving us an idea of what the week would be like?

The “lack” of Wildebeest in the area did mean that big crossings were always going to be a challenge, but what it also meant was that predators were more active, a LOT more active.  In fact by the end of the week we had seen 2 kills, one by Lions and one by a coalition of two Male Cheetahs as well as several missed attempts, Warthogs mostly being the lucky ones to escape.

Patience and Wildlife Photography go hand in hand and the hard work of waiting for potential crossings eventually paid off. There were a couple of smaller crossings, but after waiting 7 hours for a crossing to happen, some of our guests managed to capture some incredible images.

The crossings during the Migration is an unbelievable spectacle, no doubt about it, but the Mara offers so much more that it shouldn’t be the sole focus of your trip.  Predator action is this area is some of the best you will find anywhere, as long as you have the patience to wait for it.  If you do, magic will happen, and it did.

We pride ourselves in creating an unforgettable experience for our guests and at the same time help them improve their photography.  Here are some of the images that our guests took during the week:

Gerry Armstrong

Livio and Sabrina Piatti

Sascha Feuster

Thank you so much to Tom, Monica, Warwick, Christiane, Livio, Sabrina, Sascha, Lesley, Chris, Gerry, Bruno and Jane for a wonderful week.  Jono and I thoroughly enjoyed hosting you.

Why not join us for a life changing Safari to the Mara in 2018?

Johan

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The opportunity of visiting some of the wildest, undisturbed areas and sharing my passion for wildlife, conservation and photography with like minded people is a privilege that I am forever grateful.

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