Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Trip Report: Mara Experience 21 July 2018 – 27 July 2018

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A few weeks back, I headed up to the Masai Mara for the very first time with Alistair where we hosted the Wild Eye Photo Academy, which was my very first taste of the Masai Mara and a huge success!

You can imagine my excitement to get back up to the Mara for my first Masai Mara Experience week…

I met up with my guests Jashika and Andrei at Wilson Airport where we discussed our safari that was about to begin. It was a great time to meet them and get an understanding of their expectations for the safari. It was clear from the very beginning that all of us were extremely excited to get to the Mara and begin our week on safari.

On arrival at camp, we were once again greeted by the friendly faces for the Wild Eye East Africa team, who instantly made us feel at home.

With the Mara Experience being outside of Migration season (as we found out being either side of the migration you still have a great chance of seeing the massive herds of animals and crossings), our expectations were to explore the Mara triangle and take in whatever the bush was willing to show us. Both guests were just excited to be in the Mara.

Sitting here, trying to write this report and running through everything that happened during the week, I find myself blown away once again. I will get into the details of our safari, but looking back at our trip, I could not have asked for a better week in the Masai Mara.

On our first afternoon out, we were positioned on a crest watching and photographing some giraffe, when our guide James, pointed out the tiny black dots in the distance… Those dots were the thousands of wildebeest making their way to the Mara. The following morning, we headed back to that same point and saw that they were even closer! On arrival back at camp that second evening, we were greeted by the grunts and groans of the the wildebeest entering the Mara. Such a special feeling and a privilege to be sitting in the Wild Eye Camp on arrival of the Wildebeest. Sitting around the camp fire, enjoying good company and listening to the sounds of the African bush – it doesn’t get much better than that!

If we thought our safari couldn’t get any better – we were VERY wrong! The beauty of safari, is that no two days are the same. We were fortunate to enjoy the unpredictable nature of the bush each and every day out in the field – from plenty of lions, black rhino, jackal chasing gazelle, 4 different leopards to over 1000 zebras crossing the Mara river – absolutely incredible!

It is extremely difficult to pin point a handful of highlights from this trip when there were so many, so I have put together a few images to celebrate an truly exceptional safari.

I hope you all enjoy them…

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat
Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

 

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

Mara Experience - Wild Eye - Trevor McCall-Peat

I am heading back up to the Masai Mara at the beginning of September and look forward to seeing the change in vegetation and animal density between now and then…

Until next time,

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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  1. Martha Myers

    I viewed your images several times, and for the life of me had trouble selecting the one or ones I liked the best. All were wonderfully evocative of the Mara that I cannot wait to return to every year. To see a leopard cub there – stunning! A close second was the large zebra crossing, with crocodile action and no wildebeest alongside, something I’ve never seen in my past Migration safaris. Finally, thank you for capturing Dickson. It was a perfect image.

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      Trevor McCall-Peat

      Hi Martha,

      We truly had an incredible week in the Mara. I am the same, I cannot select a favorite image. I feel very fortunate to be able to have these kind of experiences and share them with others…

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it!

      Have a great day.

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