I had waited two years to join this trip led by Paul and it was definitely worth the wait. Backed with a passion for wildlife and photography , I wanted a trip that would ensure every moment in the Mara wasn't wasted. This was it.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Just being in the Masai Mara is inspiration in itself. There were too many moments to account for but three stand out: spending 6 or more hours with a pride of lions, watching them interact with each other and their lion cub was truly special, seeing a python swallowing a male impala out in the open field was a first for many, but the moment of the week was in our final hour – seeing thousands upon thousands of Wildebeest & Zebra crossing the Mara River eagerly awaited by the crocodiles. I had always wanted to witness a crossing but nothing prepared me for how emotional I would get. One of nature's wondrous spectacles we were all extremely lucky to see.
- What did you think of your group leader?
There is no one word to describe Paul. His passion for the Mara is contagious and his drive to get us to the right place at the right time made for some incredible shots. For a beginner photographer like myself, there is a lot to learn from him but he will only say something once, it is for you to retain! He is a true entertainer and storyteller and you will never get bored in his presence. Be warned, his photography skills may leave you on the jealous side!
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring a sense of humour and a thick skin! Make sure you have all the essentials with you: a hat, a light scarf or sarong can come in handy for protection against dust, sunscreen etc. Know your equipment well before you go, I only had a small lens 55-250mm, may have been worth hiring a lens for my first trip. Ensure you have a wide-angle lens and your polariser with you. Ensure you bring a second camera body to be on the safe side, lots of memory and extra batteries, as you will need it.
Try not to drop your camera outside the vehicle, however much amusement it provides the lions….
Sweets and a few good jokes if you know some, never go amiss during the long days..
But most importantly, learn to put your camera down from time to time and take it all in. You will never forget it.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Paul, Donna and the team were fantastic. The guides, Joseph, Amos & Jackson worked tirelessly to show us something new everyday. They have eyes in the back of their head and can spot game miles away when we were still struggling with our binoculars. Polite and friendly, they would constantly inform us about the animals’ behaviours and their encyclopaedic knowledge never ceased to amaze us. Migration camp was fantastic, the location right on the Mara River unbelievable. Camp facilities were pretty luxurious for where we were and the food was of 5* quality! A special mention to Rasmen, who provided impeccable service all week.
A huge thank you to you all.