Ranjan Ramchandani

                                                                                         Photography

The Mara

The true spectacle of the great African migration is the sight of over 1,500,000 wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, eland and  Thomson's gazelle filling the entire stretch of Mara landscape. Apart from the fact that the savannah is completely dotted with these animals, the predators too get ready for a few months of daily feasts which one can get to watch when on safari on this reserve.

 

The African Lion is at the top of the food chain in the Mara landscape and is a treat to watch during the migration time as with a sizeable prey, the lion prides hunt strategically in the early morning or early evening . If lucky, one could get the opportunity to photograph this whole process. Now, in the ‘Non’-migration time this could get even more interesting as every pray they see is important which brings their hunting skills right to the top.

 

The nocturnal leopard in the Mara can be seen in the middle of the day and last for several minutes.

 

The Mara is one of the best places in the world to shoot a cheetah in full action as they are often seeking a vantage point on a fallen tree, termite mound or even car bonnet, to look out across the savannah for their next prey.

 

Apart from this one has to be there to see how much more the savannah has to offer. This is all happening in the savannah, but to get to see it, one needs to be at the right place at the right time. To make that possible I choose camps which are strategically located inside the reserve. The driver/guide I select are also among the most experienced which makes all the difference for a good safari experience.

 

Above said, there is no right time to be in the Mara; The other months have a completely different landscape and every day gives you a different opportunity to enjoy the creation of nature.

 

Your ideal itinerary would be :-

 

Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi spend the first night there resting. If flying to the Mara then take the morning flight to Masai Mara.

 

Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 You should be out in the savannah from sunrise to sunset taking in what  nature has to offer. It is a photographers dream and a holiday makers heaven.

 

Day 7 After a morning safari have a heavy breakfast at the camp and drive back to Nairobi to catch your flight out in the evening or one could choose to fly back.

 

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