Hi all! I am now back all safe and sound in a very wet England and settling back to life out of the bush. We had a fantastic trip out to Kenya with my guests who were a pleasure to share the Mara with, so firstly big thanks goes out to them for making the workshop a real pleasure to host!
So please sit back, relax and enjoy the pictures from our first day, we had some fantastic luck this time with cubs and some amazing weather. Please check out our tours page as we still have some places on our 2015 workshops where you can join me and see these amazing sights for yourself all while improving your photography and field craft.
After a pleasant BA flight into Nairobi and the usual rest and fantastic breakfast at the Fairview we made our way to Wilson airport for our morning flight into the Mara!
The new SafariLink departure lounge is much more comfortable that what was before and before we knew it our wheels left the ground and we took to the sky for the next 40 minutes.
And here we are! And with warm welcome from old friend Patrick our guide for the next five days we made our way through the plains of the Mara back to our home away from home, Bush Camp.
After an informal game drive on our way we arrived to see the team awaiting us. Always good to see Darren, Emma, Robert and the gang as they really make you feel at home. A slap up lunch, unpack and check of our gear later and we were ready for our first game drive, no time to hang around!
And what a sight awaited us! I always chat with Patrick before we begin as he has his ear to the ground as to what is going on in both our conservancy as well as the reserve. I can then judge where we should head to for the group. When he mentioned new Lion cubs I knew that’s where we needed to go.
New Lion cubs are always tricky as the mothers are very good a choosing very inaccessible, secluded spots as Dens. Great for them, but not so good for photography. This Den however was nearby and was a chance I didn’t want to pass up. As we arrived the site was very accessible but of course mum and the cubs were very well hidden.
I often say bad weather makes for good photographs and as often happens, the weather turned on a two pence and an almighty storm arrived. Cats and rain always make for fun viewing and seeing these tiny, days old cubs getting their first taste of the wet was hilarious and had the bonus of making them move. They wanted mum to sort it!
Fantastic! Certainly some of, if not the youngest cubs I have had the fortune to see in all my years around the Mara and for the group on their first game drive. Well… WOW!
Not wanting to out stay our welcome as well as Patrick’s spot gaining some attention from the other camps we decided to leave them be and head off to the rest of the pride to see what they were up to. If they were nearby! We made our way to where they were last seen.
By now the light was truly awful, I was pushing iso 6400 with an f2.8 lens.
Was great to see Gill and Katy getting stuck in with the photography and not erring on the side of staying slightly drier in the middle of the cars as some people do! I think we are going to be in for a great time.
So with that we had our sundowners quickly as there was a brief break in the storm and made our way back to camp for dinner, drinks and sleep.
Thanks for stopping by folks, if you have been enjoying these posts please drop me a line on Facebook or twitter as I love getting your messages and it spurs me on to do more. Questions on any aspect of the trip welcome too! There is plenty more to come so check back often.
We also have some places February 2015 Big Cat safaris. So if you fancy seeing it all for yourself and improving your own photography CHECK OUT THE DETAILS! We have to release our unsold tents at the end of October so please to register your interest (at no obligation) as soon as possible.