A photo safari in Maasai Mara Entim Camp - August 2018

In August 2018 I returned to Kenya for a photo safari and the Great Migration was supposed to be the highlight of it. Unfortunately very little wildebeest crossing was observed due to the heavier than usual rain in northern Tanzania. This created plenty of grass for the wildebeest to eat so they were not forced to migrate north is search of new grass.

This Photo Safari was held in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and it was lead by David Lloyd, an award-winning British wildlife photographer. I had a great time at the Entim Camp, and everyone there (drivers and camp staff) went overboard to offer us a great safari experience.

Even without the river crossings there was plenty of wildlife to take photos of, including the quite elusive leopard.

I also had the chance to visit a local Maasai Village to witness their welcome dances and tour the village.

The only crossing I was able to see was on a small creek by a herd of about hundred wildebeests.

Photos of the crossing in less than ideal lighting conditions ... but, better than nothing!

The Maasai Mara region is home of a large number of lions and their presence and activity was part of our daily photo shoots. Every day I was able to take photos of different lions from cubs to old males doing their daily routine from sleeping after a meal to feeding on a fresh kill.

A feeding frenzy in all of its goriness. The first kill was a buffalo then a young wildebeest killed just a hour earlier. As per the "social structure" of the pride, the old male lion had the first place at the table, then his cubs and finally the lionesses who did the kill!

The ultimate prize for a photographer in a safari is the elusive leopard. We were lucky to see twice a 2yrs old female strolling out the thick bushes!

The same young female leopard strolling early in the morning.

After the leopard, the cheetah is probably the hardest big cat to photographs but I was able to take photos of young male, a pregnant female and a mother with her six month old cub!

A photo safari won't be complete without elephant photos and here are some of female and young elephants taken in different part of the Maasai Mara.

The bird population in the Maasai Mara is quite large both in terms of species and numbers. From colorful lilac-breasted roller to mean looking vulture, bird photography can be quite rewarding.

The Kenyan savanna is home of large number of wildebeests, zebras, giraffes and antelopes from small Thompson gazelles to Topis, Impalas and large Elands.

Hyenas, Buffaloes, Warthogs, Hippos and Baboons share the savanna with all the other animals and they can be predator, prey or simple witness of the animal life in the Maasai Mara.

There are very few places in the world that can compete with the sunrise, sunset and sky of Africa and the Maasai Mara offers this incredible spectacle every single day.

The Maasai people love to wear bright colored clothes and ornaments.

Another amazing trip, now time to fly back home ... thanks to all the wonderful people that made this trip so memorable!

Created By
Giancarlo Bisone


All photos  © Giancarlo Bisone