The Great Migration Safari: Day 2 Samburu extension

We set out nice and early looking specifically for the Samburu ‘special five’, and were rewarded with a lion sighting!  We did manage to find the animals we were looking for and got some pretty cool photographs of them, most notably the gerenuk standing on its hind legs and feeding (the only antelope known to do this), and a journey of reticulated giraffe that very kindly posed underneath a near full moon for us.  There was a lot on offer for us to photograph, and our bird lists rocketed – another great day in Africa!

Major sightings of the day:

2 herds of elephants

1 female lion

5 female lions

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The Great Migration Safari: Day 1 Samburu extension

We started our annual Great Migration Safari slightly differently this year, by heading further north into Kenya, to a wonderful place called Samburu. This area is known for what they call, the ‘special five’.  You can find leopards, lions, elephants and a host of other species, but the special five are the gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, somali ostrich and beisa oryx – all of which we managed to find on the first day!  All these new species sent the cameras into overdrive.  The bird life is also very cool, and our lists got filled quite quickly.  The adorable little dik-dik’s running around the camp only add to the experience, and give lots of good photographic opportunities.

Major sightings of the day:

Herd of elephants


Grevy’s zebra

Herd of buffalo

Reticulated giraffe

Beisa oryx

Somali ostrich

3 male elephants

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The Great Migration Safari 2013: Day 10 with Amboseli add-on

What a way to end such a great safari!  Most of our morning was spent with a herd of around 100 elephants, going about their business and providing us with unbelievable photographic opportunities.  Leaving the elephants and heading back to the camp, there was one last surprise waiting for us – a pride of 4 lionesses with 7 cubs had just killed a wildebeest at the edge of a waterhole, and were busy feeding.

Major sightings of the day:

  • A herd of ±100 elephants
  • Giraffe
  • 3 verreauxs eagle owls
  • Lanner falcon
  • Fringe eared oryx
  • Good plains game
  • 4 lionesses and 7 cubs on a wildebeest kill

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The Great Migration Safari 2013: Day 9 with Amboseli add-on

As expected, in Amboseli there were loads of elephants out and about.  Many large herds were seen, most with young calves.  We were also lucky enough to see some lions; 2 females with 2 cubs.  They were sleeping close to a large male elephant who felt like showing his might, and eventually chased them off.  Mount Kilimanjaro appeared both in the morning and again in the late afternoon, but the real highlight was an african wild cat walking around in the middle of the day.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Many herds of elephants
  • Elephants in the swamps
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Good plains game
  • African wild cat
  • 2 lionesses with 2 cubs next to male elephant

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The Great Migration Safari 2013: Day 8 with Amboseli add-on

Our final morning in the Masai Mara delivered photographic magic just as the rest of the safari had.  We started off with 7 lions playing with each other in the most beautiful morning light – a truly great hour.  When the lions had settled down, a hyaena was spotted in the distance carrying the remains of a thomson’s gazelle, so we followed for the better part of 30 minutes, which led us to 4 lionesses that were hunting wildebeest.  They had got themselves into a good position, but a warthog came running straight through the middle of the carefully planned hunt, causing the lions to give chase.  The warthog got away and the wildebeest moved off.

Transferring into Amboseli, we got started with our elephant viewing immediately, with a couple of herds swimming and feeding in the swamps.  Our first incredible view of the great Mount Kilimanjaro did not disappoint, and with both sightings of giraffes and elephants in front of Africa’s highest mountain, it was a photographer’s dream.  Some amazing bird life was also photographed today, including the rare lesser flamingo, and the grey crowned crane.

Major sightings of the day:

  • Large herd of buffalo
  • 7 lions playing
  • Hyaena carrying a thomson’s gazelle
  • 4 lionesses hunting wildebeest and chasing a warthog
  • Elephants
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Elephants swimming in swamps as well as many other elephant herds
  • Spotted hyaena
  • Lesser flamingoes
  • Grey crowned crane

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