Magical Kenya: The Wonder of Masai Mara
For the next destination in Kenya, Better Photography makes it’s way to the pristine landscape of Masai Mara. Sakshi Parikh writes about her incredible experience amidst the dense wilderness there.
Approaching Masai Mara was particularly fun. A tiny Cessna Caravan plane flew us over the vast jaw-droppingly beautiful landscape. As I discovered, the Kenyan wildlife conservation efforts are so interesting and heartening. For instance, in order to keep things as natural as possible, there is no airport in Mara, but a simple airstrip on the dry lands. Landing amidst the wildebeests and zebras was an incredible experience in itself.
For someone like me, who has spent her life in cities with limited exposure to true wildlife and wilderness, Masai Mara was a feast for my senses. The savanna smells clean, dry and pristine. The air is clear, and the quality of light was something I’ll never forget. We spent our nights in tents, under a night sky that was covered with a blanket of stars unlike any other.
During our evening game drive, we drove around the Masai Mara National Reserve hoping to spot some of the wildlife. Abundantly visible were the quiet wildebeests and the grazing zebras. What was truly a sight were the majestic elephants, Mara giraffes that I found an absolute joy to look at.
Quite suddenly we would spot lions lazing in the grass, leopards perched petulantly on trees and cheetahs strolling along quite nonchalantly. Watching these big cats in their natural habitat, that too at such close proximity was like a dream come true… all those scenes I saw on television screen as a child, were suddenly taking place in front of my eyes.
Kenya is filled with surreal, incredible moments. And, it was when the skies would flare up with the bright yellow-orange light of the sun that I would feel like I was a character in Lion King, absorbing and viewing the world around me with the wonder of little Simba.
All too soon, my time in the Mara came to an end and we began the drive towards Nanyuki, our next destination.
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