Magical Kenya: The Wonder of Masai Mara

 
Flying over the Masai Mara. Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

Flying over the Masai Mara. Photograph/ Sakshi Parikh

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.

Masai Mara from above. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Masai Mara from above. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

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.

As soon as we landed. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

As soon as we landed. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

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.

An abundance of zebras. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

An abundance of zebras. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

I left my heart behind in Kenya with the Mara Giraffe. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

I left my heart behind in Kenya with the Mara Giraffe. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

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.

The lazy big cat. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

The lazy big cat. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

My first leopard sighting. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

My first leopard sighting. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

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.

The brilliant sunrise, straight out of the Lion King. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

The brilliant sunrise, straight out of the Lion King. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

All too soon, my time in the Mara came to an end and we began the drive towards Nanyuki, our next destination.

 

The Wildlife Photography Masterclass in Magical Kenya is a mentored photography programme with some of the most renowned experts in the field.

In the course of the Masterclass, participants will learn what it takes to make the best images, understanding animal behavior, trying out various forms of photography, and using different kinds of gear. The Masterclass seeks to educate advanced enthusiasts, on various aspects of the subject.

The Masterclass fee includes accommodation for 7 days in Kenya and return airfare from Mumbai. The Wildlife Photography Masterclass is presented by Magical Kenya, Toehold and HP India. 

You could even send in your entries for the Wildlife India Photography Awards 2017 (WIPA 2017)  presented by Toehold for a chance to win a seat in the Masterclass.

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