|Two of the Maasai staff at the Encounter Mara camp in the Naboisho Conservancy|
Last week I spent a fews days in Kenya’s Mara province on the border of the famous Maasai Mara National Park. The Mara is of course famous for the incredible animal migrations, particularly wildebeest and zebra, that cross the plains annually moving between the highlands and lowlands for seasonal grazing. I wasn’t there for the migration though. It’s too early in the year for that. I was there to photograph the relatively new ‘Encounter Mara’ tented camp in the Naboisho Conservancy.
|Giraffe on the airstrip. Game viewers take it in turns to chase wildlife off the strip so that the planes can land.|
|Early morning stretch of legs|
So in a word, conservancies rock! Then there are the camps. Because it’s a conservancy, it tends to only be upper end to luxury accommodation, once more meaning exclusivity. This was why I was in the Mara, to photograph Encounter Mara for advertising as well as to take a look at the area for potential workshops in the future.
The experience in the area was fantastic. Wonderful, open and friendly people and absolutely amazing wildlife. The Mara is no ordinary wildlife area. Even in the low season plains game are literally teeming wherever you look. Hundreds of zebra, Thompsons gazelle and wildebeest as well as dozens and dozens of giraffe were around every corner. This was the low season. Apparently during the migration it’s difficult to sleep at night as there is the incessant grunting and bellowing of animals.
|Guests enjoying sundowners under a lantern festooned tree on a plain|
This is going to be the setting of a wildlife photography workshop in the first week of October this year…I hope. I’ll be putting more details up on the website shortly. A maximum of 6 photographers will be on the trip, which will be an intensive workshop session of 4 days. Stay tuned for more :) ….
|Tented accommodation at the Encounter Mara camp|