Discover Kenya’s Wildlife Through The Lens

Discover Kenya’s Wildlife Through The Lens
A solitary elephant relaxes in a swamp in Amboseli National Park, Photo Credit: Jiss Sojan

Painting with the light of the African sun, Kenya is home to some of the world's most majestic wildlife

Jiss Sojan
November 17 , 2019
02 Min Read

A chance encounter with a leopard on the outskirts of Jim Corbett National Park in 2012 marked my journey into the magnificent world of wild creatures. Seven years later, I found myself photographing the incredible wildlife in Kenya, in the treasure trove that is Amboseli and Maasai Mara.

As a photographer, I truly believe the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ and that we are responsible for inspiring people to come together to conserve wildlife and the environment. In fact, Kenya introduced the concept of global conservation and ecological sustainability, leading us to believe that humans and wildlife can coexist peacefully.

Amboseli National Park enjoys the backdrop of Africa’s iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, and is known for elephants with large tusks. I still find it incredulous to have photographed herds in the golden hour as they enjoyed a mud bath. Maasai Mara, on the other hand, is famed for the Big Five—elephants, lions, rhinos, cape buffaloes and leopards. The great wildebeest migration also makes the national reserve extremely popular among tourists and nature lovers. Witnessing and shooting it is best done from a hot-air balloon, despite challenges like carrying heavy gear, or having to shoot stellar movement and eye contact within seconds.

I prefer black and white shots when imaging wildlife, and used wide-angle lenses to simultaneously document the animals and their surroundings. You can see this in the elephant and giraffe pictures. For capturing the big cats, however, I selected a zoom lens going up to 400mm. It gave more leeway for experimentation, without having to physically move towards or away from the animals. Once back on firm land, it was interesting to capture wildebeests locking horns to prove their dominance, a lioness in action on a hunt, and a leopard up on a tree. It is said they survive by carefully treading between hunting and waiting.

A pair of lions patrol their territory

Wildbeests locking horns in a bout for dominance

The lioness above had attempted to go after a member of this herd. Here, she walks back in defeat, as wildebeests look on

A leopard scouts for prey from a tree

A hot-air balloon capture of zebras, as they lead the wildebeests in migration.The end goal? Finding water and better grassland

Giraffes dash across the plains


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