Highlights of the Trip
Some photographer’s are after Africa’s Big Five which includes Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino, and Elephant. The term “big five” started when big game hunters difficulty bringing down these large animals, mostly due to their ferocity. If you are only looking for the Big Five, you will miss out on many animals such as giraffe, cheetah and zebra that are plentiful and many species that were unexpected.
We were able to photograph many giraffe. This giraffe moved gracefully through the grasses and stopped to pose for us. Here is a close up on a beautiful giraffe’s eyes with their long lashes.
The Leopard was a rare find. The one we were lucky to find was alone. Here she is gracefully walking, not looking at us, but very aware of us.
Our van happened upon a watering hole and we spent time watching the hippos. It was comical the way they would submerge for a time then surface just enough of their face that their eyes and nose were out of the water. Occasionally you would catch them in a yawn.
Two male gazelle’s face-off before battle.
And finally, it is typical for Topi to use the mound for a better view of their surroundings. Our guide informed us that Topi have very good eyesight and they watch for predators that other animals with lesser eyesight might miss. In this way, the animals coexist easily. But it is highly unusual to find 5 Topi lined up at they are in the image below. I love the one Topi taking a look at me while the others are intent on looking forward.
By the end of this trip I will have photographed all of Africa’s Big Five with the exception of the elusive Rhino. But my experience here in the Masai Mara has far surpassed my expectations. Months have gone by but I can still remember the excitement that filled everyday.
Stop back for another installment of African Highlights.