I often wonder what makes me go back to one place to photograph. Is it the wildlife, the experience, the hit rate or the people? As I drove north to Mashatu again last week, I had the same thoughts. This is a good reserve, but not nearly as famous as the Serengeti, nor without the amount of action as the Masai Mara, yet I had told two of my long-standing clients that they had to come here….
Driving in, I could feel them wondering what was so special about the place. I knew this was a regular emotion, so I ran with it.
And then it began. The sightings started taking us all over the reserve. Lions on an eland kill, a leopard hunting kudu, elephants mating, birdlife around every corner- all while traversing a landscape that is so varied and diverse that you feel one minute you are in Samburu and the next you are in the Sabi Sands. I loved it. They loved it, and very quickly I realised again why this place has such a hold on me.
Here are a few images from our safari. Enjoy!