On May 31st, I left with a group of 10 photographers for a 10-day Photo Safari to Kenya, Africa.
During our time in Kenya, we went to all the major Game reserves, Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, and Masi Mara.
In total, we traveled over 1,200 kilometers.
The goal was to see as much as possible and to capture images of “The Big Five”.
The term “Big Five” was originally used by big-game hunters, and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot, but is now used for Photo Safaris.
The Big Five are Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros, and Cape Buffalo.
We managed to see all of those and many more.
And as a Plus, The Great Migration began early this year and by the time we reached Masi Mara there were over a half million Wildebeest and Zebras.
It was without a doubt the experience of a lifetime. I cannot even begin to guess how many frames the group captured. I shot right at 10K frames myself.
So far, I have two favorite images from the Safari that I made.
First a pride of Lions
And then this Monochrome Infrared image.
That was mine, now wait until you see what the group made. Because we’ve only been back such a short time, only 5 of the photographers were able to provide me with images. There may be a follow-up piece to this featuring the other artists, and one attendee shot video that should be amazing.
First up, is work from Steve Jackson.
His image of a Lioness in Hyper Color is stunning. I love Hyper Color and am envious of this image Steve made.
Next is a great image of Mount Kilimanjaro showing thru the clouds.
And Finally, this great landscape in Masi Mara
Next are images from JoAnne Davis. The cub is practicing for their future debut as African royalty.
Here’s a great capture of a group of Zebras playing.
This one deserves extra credit. I told everyone on our first day out that one of the hardest creatures to photograph is a Warthog because they NEVER hold still. She got one! Nicely done JoAnne
Next up, is Matt Siler, and this powerful image of a Lion drinking from a puddle in the road.
next, an equally well-done portrait of a Masi
And finally, a monochrome image of a parade of Elephants
Next up are images by Trudie Quick. Another equally difficult animal to capture an image of is a Hyena. Hyenas travel in small clans also tend to be constantly moving.
Can you see the Big Cat? I guarantee you it sees you.
And finally an example of the circle of life, two Big cats feasting on a recent kill, constantly looking over their shoulders to see if any other predictors are coming.
And last, but certainly not least, image from Mitchell Bloch. This image of two Zebras playing in the middle of a herd makes for a perfect monochrome image.
Next, we have a touching image of a monkey looking sad and bored.
And finally, a group of pachyderms making their way off into the sunset.
I am so impressed with what the group came up with from this Safari, and I can’t wait to see what else they make.
This years Safari was such a success that I have decided to take another group next year in 2020.
Would you like to come along?
We are currently half booked for next year, but you can secure your spot by using this link and putting down a deposit for the 2020 Kenya Safari Experience.
Warren Knorr says
Dan it was a great journey. Towards the end of the some blurted out zebras ate three o’clock and nobody turned there head. Guess it was just to many zebras! We had a super group. Yes there were many animals; too many animals? I think not. Saw all the big five, six, seven ect.
Complaints: needed a few more days especially the last two stops.
I will do it next year as we discussed.
Jo Anne Davis says
The experience of a lifetime! To see the vastness of this country and to see these magnificent animals in their environment is truly humbling. Thanks Dan for a great trip and special thanks to all my new friends!