I took 1,300 photos on our recent family safari vacation in Kenya and Tanzania. Enough fodder for Photo Friday for the next few years!
I’ll be judicious, however, and just feature the photos of moments that really wowed us. I’m going to start with a biggie — photos of a kill from start to finish. Witnessing one of Africa’s great cats hunt is absolutely fascinating and elicits a range of emotions: excitement, joy, sadness, and terror (depending on your proximity to the action).
The awe-inspiring experience of observing life’s most basic instinct — survival — in progress is unforgettable.
Watching a kill is all about luck and timing. Experienced guides help as they can read the animals and what they are more or less likely to do next. These photos were taken while we were in the Serengeti staying at &Beyond’s exceptional Serengeti Under Canvas (this camp follows the wildebeest migration across the park). Poor luck and timing meant we missed the migration by just 3 days. Nonetheless, the game viewing was extraordinary.
We came across a pride of lions relaxing mid-morning. A yawn thrills all but passes quickly (finally caught on film!).
Our guide suspected the lioness was hungry and sure enough, she set out to look for a snack.
As soon as she (and we) saw this baby wildebeest meandering without the herd, we knew we were in for some action. This wildebeest didn’t stand a chance.
We were all holding our breath as we watched the lioness stalk her prey.
Success! (Loving my new Sony A55 at this moment)
The male lion is happy. The lioness did all the work, but he gets to eat first.