Being out way before sunrise means the possibility to capture great images of the pre-dawn light, which is often more special than the sunrise itself. One morning we found a small group of Ostriches climbing uphill from the river Olare Orok, silhouetting perfectly against the colorful sky.
Male Lions are often only active in the very early hours of the day. Finding a couple of these magnificent animals patrolling their territory at sunrise is one of the most amazing sightings one can have in the African savannah. These two are males from the Rongai pride.
One late morning we came across the mother Cheetah Amani and her three almost full grown cubs. Just after lunch they woke up from their sleep. They were surrounded by prey so we were hoping for a hunting attempt. And indeed they did try once, but were too soon spotted by the chosen Gazelle. They then decided to walk down to the gulley for a drink. A ray of light came through the foliage and the river bank right on the Cheetah as she drank.
As the cubs descended down to the stream to drink, following their mother, they were attracted by a small group of giraffes. One of them could not resist giving them a chase. We watched in amazement from the other side of the stream.
As the sun set behind the clouds and a controlled fire erupted in the distance in the Serengeti, the Cheetahs approached a termite mound in a great silhouette. We had predicted the event and had positioned perfectly to photograph them against the colors behind.
On this trip we were blessed by great light almost every day. This meant plenty of opportunities to photograph wildlife in the ephimeral warm light. One evening we had a great encounter with a Black-backed Jackals family, with three cubs running towards their mother as she returned with food. The sun was just about to set and we had some great backlighting moments.
In the second part of the week we were based at the fantastic Sentinel Camp on the edge of the Marsh. We were therefore quite close to the Topi Plains pride that by now had descended back to the plains. We spent many mornings and afternoons with them, with some great photographic moments.