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THE BIG 5: MASAI MARA KENYA

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Masai Mara sunset

MASAI MARA SAFARI

I didn’t purchase any special camera lenses for Safari, as I didn’t expect to see very much. All I have is a standard kit lens. Little did I know that on my actual birthday itself, I’d see ALL the Big 5: the endangered Black Rhino (with cub), Leopard (cub), Lions of all shapes & sizes, Cape Buffalo & African Elephant! What a treat! Particularly as I’d been told people hadn’t seen the endangered Rhino and Leopard for quite some time.

GREAT GAME GUIDE

On my game drives with Governor’s Camp, in the heart of Masai Mara, who provided me with my own huge 4×4 and private guide, my guide Natuala, had the eyes of a hawk and the knowledge of an encyclopaedia. What you see below is just as I saw nature, from a safe distance. Governor’s Camp guides won’t do anything that could interfere with nature. This includes getting too close or disturbing the animals. I have huge respect for this!

GOVERNOR’S CAMP UNFENCED LUXURY IN HEART OF MASAI MARA

The minute I boarded the tiny private plane at Nairboi’s Wilson Airport I knew I was onto something special. Governor’s Camp is a ‘luxury camp’ and even has it’s own airstrip in the Mara. I was upgraded to the fabulous Justus honeymoon suite which sits on a private secluded headland, surrounded by the Mara river and in complete wilderness. The camp is unfenced. So the security is very tight, with a guard outside each tent all night. Incredibly, it means wild animals wander through at all times!

Governor’s Camp is extra special. It’s where the BBC film The Great Migration every year. I can see why. No-one got much sleep one night as a herd of 7 elephants wandered right through camp, brushing past our camps, tearing down trees, munching branches and very considerately covering the 1km track to reception in knee-high piles of poo. Of course, by the time I returned from my early morning private game drive, there was no trace of mayhem as efficient staff magically cleared everything up.

A giraffe casually strolled through our dinner one evening right past our tables in the outdoor wilderness, hippos regularly threw themselves into and out of the river making a huge loud splash and crocodiles would sun themselves all day on the shore a metre below.

Governor’s Camp is all about conservation. Passion for the animals is endemic and underwritten in all the staff and people. The camp enables visitors completely unedited all-access interaction with the awe-inspiring creatures in the midst of their own environment.

With 3 game drives each day in a very comfortable private 4×4 with private guide, the luxuries are endless. Food is spectacular, particularly considering the wilderness with staff very friendly and polite. And there’s even wifi!

My point of contact is Kate, of the couple who manage the Camp. A wonderfully warm and inviting manageress, nothing is left wanting whilst she’s in charge. Enjoy:

LEOPARD

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Stunning Leopard cub

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Male Marsh Pride Lion happily snoozing

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Mucky lion cub from the marshland

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Cape Buffalo

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Endangered Black Rhino

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Wild Hyena

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Thomson Gazelle (I think!)

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4 thoughts on “THE BIG 5: MASAI MARA KENYA

  1. am a young kenyan writer,i wanted to borrow one of your photos please,to use it as a cover photo for my upcoming book ‘growing up in kenya’

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