Angama Mara Photo Safari day 1&2

07th March 2016
The Masai Mara is one of the Greatest parks in Africa, vast open plains and some of the best Game Viewing Africa has to offer.

I was fortunate enough to spend 10 amazing days in the Masai Mara at the newest camp the Mara has on offer, Angama Mara. A spectacular lodge built on the rim of East Africa's Great rift Valley with probably the best view in the Entire Masai Mara.

My brief for the 10 days at Angama was to spend time with the guides and do photography training with them, how to work with guests that are keen photographers, vehicle positioning and general photographer needs while on Safari, I also spent time showing the guides how to improve their photography and how to effectively use their camera gear.

After arriving at Angama about lunch time on the first day and meeting the team and arranging the programme it was time to catch up on some sleep ! Catching the 2am flight out of Johannesburg earlier that morning and waiting at Wilson airport in Nairobi for the internal connection had left us a little tired.

At about 5 pm after a refreshing nap we headed off for a sundowner drink at Angama’s boma, it is a beautiful setting overlooking the Masai Mara, while the sun was setting we were entertained by the singing and dancing of the Masai warriors, there was a amazing sunset and with the Masai dancing it was too good a opportunity to pass up so I quickly set up my camera and snapped some images of the Masai as they performed.

After the sundowners we headed back to the lodge for a great dinner and then bed, looking forward to the next day when we would head down the escarpment into the Mara.

The following morning after Breakfast I spent time with the rangers getting to know them a bit and we also had a theory session on Photography and discussed some of the finer points of Photography there are a few keen photographer amongst the group and I was looking forward to spending time with them, by the time we had finished with the theory session it was lunch time so we had a quick lunch before setting off into the Masai Mara for the afternoon.

Descending down the escarpment into the Masai Mara from the lodge revealed some more spectacular views as well as a large number of general game. The wonderful thing with photographing in the Mara is that there is a lot of space to work with and beautiful open plains that make for great vistas.

At the bottom of the Hill we found a small bachelor group of Elephants that were sparring with each other, it was great watching the two bulls test their strength against each other.

After leaving the Elephants we found more Elephants and Waterbuck as well as a nice variety of birds and then we spotted the flick of a tail in the bush off to our left, further inspection revealed a beautiful Male Leopard marking his territory.

We spent as much time as we could following the Leopard as he moved across the Plains, a couple of Giraffe spotted him and watched as her moved past them, the Giraffes behavior attracted the attention of a small pride of Lions that we had not seen sleeping close by.

One of the lionesses walked over to come and investigate what the giraffes were looking at but by the time they got there the Leopard had disappeared into the tall grass so the Lions chose a convenient termite mound and flopped down on top of it.

By now it was quite late and we had to leave the Lions and head off back to the Lodge, what a amazing start to our trip !


Photo comment By Nicky: Hi Andrew Thank you for this WONDERFUL blog on the Mara Triangle and on our lodge. We loved having you both and so look forward to your return soon. And the guides ask after you all the time. Warmest regards Nicky

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