Action in the Mara
ORYX’s Kenya photo tours, specifically our “Best of the Mara Migration” photography expeditions, offer some of the best opportunities to photograph African wildlife in action. Traveling with like-minded people with a keen interest in an African photo safari allows our clients to stay at a sighting for as long as they would like. Patience out on a photo safari will increase your chances of witnessing action and animal behaviour.
ORYX photo tour leader Kirsten Frost shares a selection of action images photographed on his recent Maasai Mara photo safari.
Who says only the cubs get to have fun! These two lionesses had a blast chasing each other around in typical feline fashion. Photographed in the Maasai Mara North Conservancy.
The open plains of the Maasai Mara make it an ideal destination for our Kenya photography tours. Cheetahs thrive in this habitat which allows them to reach high speeds as they pursuit prey. Pictured is a Cheetah with a freshly killed Bohor Reedbuck.
Thompsons Gazelle were on high alert when one of the resident lion prides made their way through the herd. The two leaping antelope in the foreground kept a strong and healthy composure ensuring the lions don’t get any ideas of a quick easy meal.
Contrary to typical wildlife documentaries, lions can be awfully boring a lot of the time with sleep taking up the majority of their time. Luckily for us the morning light was routinely the play time for a particular group of lion cubs close to our camp situated on the banks of the Mara River.
The mother of these two young lions dropped a weak and injured Impala calf in front of them (which she had just stolen from a jackal). What proceeded was a bit of play and the all-important practice session on how to hunt and kill. A harsh scene that is wild Africa, but a privilege to witness nonetheless.
Witnesses of a Mara River crossing, with its tension, fear and raw power, will agree that it’s one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the world. During a recent Kenya photo safari tour, we found the perfect spot on the banks of the river for our guests to photograph the action as it unfolded right in front of them.
ORYX is proud to present you with an unforgettable 7 day Kenya photography tour to one of the most game rich safari destinations in Africa, Kenya’s celebrated Maasai Mara National Reserve. Little introduction is necessary for this wildlife destination! The area is famous as hosting the annual Wildebeest migration and the dramatic river crossings that go with it, and was extensively featured in BBC’S Big Cat Diary series which really exposed the area for what it was – a big cat paradise!
The Maasai Mara offers a mind-blowing African photo safari in an area of breathtaking vistas, soul-soothing sunsets and a soundscape dominated by the noises of a myriad game and birds. The annual Wildebeest migration is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on the planet, as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle follow the rains in search of the better quality grazing. When the vast herds arrive in the Maasai Mara they must ford the Mara River, creating a spectacle without parallel in the natural world! Along with the renowned Big Cats sightings, there is clearly much that will keep us both inspired and in awe on this Kenya photography tour.
Join Kirsten Frost for ORYX’s Best of the Mara Migration Safari is guaranteed to provide you with a holistic safari experience to Africa’s most iconic safari destination!