Sunrise over the very iconic “Maasai Mara National Reserve”
There are places you visit in your life as a traveler that resonate particularly with you, and make you say “I’ll probably go back someday”. And then there’s Kenya, and its majestic Maasai Mara National Reserve. A Noah’s Ark of wildlife that brings these beautiful landscapes to life. A place you end up leaving, thinking: “How soon can I go back?”
Located in the South West of Kenya, the Maasai Mara is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Home of the Maasai people, it is globally famous for its exceptional wildlife, and for hosting one of the most incredible natural events in the World – the Great Migration. A place where Disney found inspiration for Simba (Lion in Swahili), Pumbaa (Warthog in Swahili) and all the characters and story of the Lion King.
Every day in the Mara is like a new adventure. Inside your jeep, with no protection and no particular path to follow, you drive around this incredible place that gives you a feeling of what the Earth looked like before the human race took it over. There, lions are the kings of the land. Elephants are freely roaming and breaking trees, here and there. Giraffes are graciously eating the leaves of the tallest trees. Hippos and crocodiles share the Mara River, that twice a year about 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras have to cross during the migration.
A spectacle even better than in any of your dreams!
Zebras tend to live in small harems, and are very common in the Mara. I couldn’t resist shooting this reflection of them, drinking in a water hole.
Hippos fighting in the water is quite an impressive show
An intense stare from the king of the jungle
“What did you just say? You talkin’ to me?”
A doting lioness cares for her cubs
The cheetah, the fastest land animal on Earth, tends to live a solitary life.
A cheetah and two of her three playful cubs.
This herd of wildebeest have found a much safer, shallow crossing
A leap of faith as the first wildebeest attempts the treacherous river crossing
One of the most elusive animals in the big 5, the leopard. A very shy and magnificent animal.
“What’s for dinner mom?”
This pair of young African elephants look like they are ready for a little drink
I found Pumbaa “Hakuna matata”
These gazelle butt heads in a display of authority
A more loving face-off
Two powerhouses of the African plains, the lion and elephant
Vultures feasting on a dead wildebeest
A lone acacia tree during sunrise
This image captures the true essence of how wonderful an African safari is. Simply breathtaking!
At night, the sky comes alive. Here you can see the Milky Way.
Have you had the opportunity to make it to Africa yet? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comment section below. Were you as enthralled as I was? What were your highlights and where did you go?