Happy bunnies Nikki and Moses on spotting the elephants
Once we’d had our fill of the birds of the plains, we headed out towards the border with Mara North conservancy to see what we could see. On the way, we spotted three giraffes: two adult females and a baby. When I say baby, newborn giraffes are as tall as I am, so it takes a while to absorb just how big these creatures are. If you look closely at the picture of mum and baby touching noses, you can still see the umbilical cord of the little ‘un.
Almost at the conservancy border I asked if we could stop with a herd of zebras because the light was beautiful. We aligned ourselves with the low evening light behind the running animals to get some atmospheric shots. But we didn’t stay long because our guides had spotted elephants! A herd of a dozen or more were moving with purpose towards the border. Although elephants often appear to be moving slowly and sedately, they travel with surprising speed and are virtually silent. The exception to this is if they’re eating, in which case they make quite a bit of noise snapping twigs. Moses and Boston manoeuvred the vehicles so that we were ahead of the animals, but not in front of them. Elephants area easily spooked and guides know how to give the best photographing opportunities whilst keeping them relaxed.
The herd eventually headed off into the sunset so we jumped out to stretch our legs and have a sun-downer. The sunset, as it almost always is, was breath-taking. But there was one last surprise: Moses and Boston excelled themselves with a competition involving how far each could spit a projectile. This is a game that I’ve not come across before, particularly if I tell you that the projectile involved was an antelope poo!
Come and join us on 2016’s Kenya photo safari!