Five Days in September

20 September 2016 | The Mara |

Nicky Fitzgerald reflects on the 2016 Migration season as it nears to a close and shares some of the beautiful wildlife photographs taken by James Fitzgerald on his second 5 day photographic safari at Angama Mara.

5As the day dawned on 5 July this year the resident game in the Maasai Mara knew that the peace and quiet they had been enjoying since late October last year was a thing of the past. From across the border in thundered hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra and so the Great Migration arrived in full force. And what an extraordinary season it has been. Other than 4 weird days of utter silence in the middle of August when the Migration simply evaporated, our guests have been treated to all the sturm und drang that accompanies this annual rodeo: back-to-back daily crossings, kills galore and animals grazing peacefully from horizon to horizon. And as for the long-suffering resident game they know that this too will pass and peace will once more reign over this lovely corner of Africa.

Last September we shared James’ beautiful images and never one one to pass up a good opportunity I badgered him once again to share his wonderful Migration images that he took over a 5 day photographic safari this September. When I asked him if he had any expert tips to impart he simply answered ‘I’m afraid I’m no expert – just in the right place thanks to our guide Sophie’. I did weasel out of him that he used a 600mm Nikon fixed lens.

Migration at Sunset

 

Cheetah on the move

 

The mighty Wildebeest Show

 

A beautiful Mara Ellie

 

An orderly journey of Giraffe

 

Lioness on the hunt

 

The drama of the crossings

 

 

 

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ABOUT: Nicky Fitzgerald

After more than 30 years in hospitality, starting with a small hotel at the foot of Africa and followed by a further couple of Cape hotels, most notably The Bay, and sixty plus safari lodges across Africa and India, Nicky has served more meals, puffed more cushions, filled more beds, trained more staff and opened more properties than she cares to remember. Her driving force is ‘will our guests love this?’ She has come full circle and is happily puffing, cooking, training and filling to her heart’s content high up on the edge of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley at Angama Mara.

COMMENTS (9)
yvonne
September 20, 2016

A superior camera makes a big difference. Thank you Angama Mara and James. Spectacular images!!

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    Nicky Fitzgerald
    September 23, 2016

    And thank you Yvonne for your wonderful support – we love hearing from you

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Sheena
September 22, 2016

Fabulous pictures!

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MJ Bradley
September 22, 2016

Thank you so much for hosting the SafariLive drives .. We were over the moon thrilled to visit the Mara! Hope to get there one day in person!

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    Nicky Fitzgerald
    September 23, 2016

    Thanks for the great message – it has been such fun hosting the safariLIVE team – they are a super crew. We look forward to welcoming you to the lovely Mara Triangle one day soon

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Jenny Boyd
November 14, 2017

Absolutely amazing photos taken by James , I think it’s more than being in the right place at the right time! Lovely to see.

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    Nicky Fitzgerald
    November 18, 2017

    Thank you Jenny
    Some seriously super cool state of the art camera equipment also helps 🙂

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Glenn Oltmanns
November 14, 2017

Photos are superb! Make one want to visit again!

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    Nicky Fitzgerald
    November 18, 2017

    We are waiting (im)patiently for your return

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