Over the last few months in India I was fortunate enough to be working in areas rich in Tiger, Leopard and Jungle Cat. Now I find myself at SUJAN’s Elephant Pepper Camp in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya. The Mara is best summed up in one word:
Lots and lots of it. The conservancy is roughly 35 000 hectares and borders on the north-western section of the Masai Mara National Park.
The fact that the camp is in the conservancy makes it very special as it gives you the exclusivity, freedom and time, which the national park may not. The animals are exactly the same and you have the freedom to enter the National Park if you so wish. I love Elephant Pepper Camp because there are very few cars in this area and the game viewing is superb. You are allowed to get out your car and walk, and within reason the cars are allowed to go off road. The drives are long, productive and awe-inspiring.
I have had good safari karma thus far as I managed to see a near unprecedented five species of cat in my first three drives.
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister