GREAT MIGRATION photographic safari KENYA - Aug/September 2019
Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 31st Jan 2020
The Great Migration Photo Safari this year provided the participants with a number of Mara River Crossings and some good Big Cat action too. The mega herds were quite split up and the majority of them were feeding on fresh grass along the Tanzania / Kenya border. However, they did cross the river at the main crossing points in front of Serena Lodge.
We had fantastic sightings with Cheetah, including two kills. We met up with a beautiful male Lion and we also spent time with a female leopard and her cub.
Elephants were around in good numbers and we had a very rare encounter with a baby Leucistic Elephant, the first one I have seen in the Mara. Distinguishing features of a Leucistic Elephant are white hairs on the tail, eyelashes and body hair as well as pink skin on the back of the ears. Their skin colour is also lighter than a regular Elephant. This particular baby was feeding alongside its mum and other members of the herd.
We also enjoyed fantastic sunrises and sunsets which the Mara is so well known for.
A massive thank you goes out to our guides, Mamai, James & Nicholas, thank you for being so patient with us and for showing us some special sightings in the Mara.
Thank you also to the camp staff at Entim Mara and Mara Bush Camp who all looked after us so well, and to Thomas from Fact Safaris for arranging all the tour logistics.
Finally, thank you so much to Peter, Jody, Linda, Raj, Alan & Eileen for joining us on this year's Great Migration African Wildlife photographic safari to the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Enjoy some photos from the trip.
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Slim & Barbara Callaghan, UK
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