After an 18 month break for personal health reasons, I managed to secure a place at short notice on an African Wildlife Safari Photo Tour with 2 reknowned photographers: David Lloyd, UK Wildlife Photographer of the Year (www.davidlloyd.net) and Richard Peters, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nikon Ambassador (www.richardpeters.co.uk).
Well, wow! what an experience! I was completely 'blown away' with the whole trip. It is something that has always intrigued me after watching 'Born Free' back in the 70's. To have had the privilege to be able to share this environment with true predators and the incredible people of the Maasai Mara was a real life-changing experience.
What did I learn?... in a word: RESPECT.
Respect for the incredible eco-system of the Mara and the whole environment that forms this amazing 'circle of life' is a real eye-opener. It is survival of the fittest, there are no second chances for strugglers. It is life at its most basic and yet most rewarding.
To be able to witness the unpredictable sights, sounds and smells of untamed nature is a real plus. Something you can never experience from watching edited documentaries on TV.
So am I going back? ...you bet! No 2 days are alike and nothing is planned. This is real life. This is WILDLIFE!