Kenya

For two weeks in September 2009, I was part of the Joseph Van Os Photo Safari group in ‘the Mara’ as the locals call this reserve. The Mara is a very large game reserve in SW Kenya and is a continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The park is mostly open grassland with scattered acacia trees and some shrubs. The area is drained by three rivers, Talek, Sand, and Mara. Because of good access to water, wildlife congregates here in great numbers. Each year around July thousands of wildebeest, Thompson’s gazelles, topi, eland, and zebras migrate north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture. They return south again about October. This is called The Great Migration and is one of the most impressive natural events in the world. We were there during the Great Migration and a small sample of bird and animal pictures are shown in the gallery.