This Week At Angama #93

15 November 2019 | This Week at Angama |

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Maasai airborne, evening golden light, elephants returning en masse, lions kill and cubs cavorting - the Mara never fails to deliver.

Time takes on a new dimension in the wilderness. Sometimes the pace is pole pole, as the Kenyans say, and sometimes the days simply evaporate.  This week was one of the latter; a week of non-stop action. Enjoy a rather frenetic This Week At Angama. [f 4.0, 1/1250, ISO 320, -0.33]

Lion and lion cubs

Good news – the lioness from the Marsh Breakaway Pride is doing well and her three cubs have thrived through another week. They are the current Mara Triangle rock stars and our guests can’t get enough. [f 5.0, 1/2500, ISO 250, -0.33]


Never underestimate the challenge of keeping three cubs alive. This mother only has the support of her daughter from a previous litter, in addition to nursing and rearing the cubs, she must hunt, and have a watchful eye out for hyenas and lions that patrol her territory. [f 7.1, 1/800, ISO 250]

Giraffe and balloon

Offering photographers two perspectives: the Mara grasslands below, or out on drive in the Reserve with something unusual to include in their photographs. [f 6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, -0.33]

Maasai jump

A visit to our neighbouring Maasai village this week offered the opportunity to capture the warriors airborne. With straight legs and straight arms how do they attain this height? [f 5.6, 1/3200, ISO 320, -0.33]

Maasai Jumping

And always with joy [f 5.6, 1/1250, ISO 500] 

Maasai blur

Sunset, dancing, singing, jumping and celebrating … [f 22.0, 1/0.4, ISO 200, -1.0]


Male ostriches have been very frisky this week – it’s breeding season in the Mara. Although this male has yet to turn the brilliant red, which shows his eagerness to mate, he was already strutting his stuff. [f 8.0, 1/400, ISO 100, -0.67]

Wood sandpiper

This wood sandpiper struck the perfect pose [f 5.6, 1/250, ISO 100]


This week was a team effort and the following images were captured by Jeff. Evening golden light in the Mara [f 6.0, 1/500, ISO 400, -1]


Slightly woollier and ‘ringless’ the defassa waterbuck get their unusual name from the Amharic term for ‘antelope’ [f 5.6, 1/1600, ISO 320, -0.33]

Lion and eland

This was a rather unusual scene of two male lions dragging and feeding on an eland. Did they find this huge antelope already deceased? A closer look at this image shows the puncture holes on the underside of the throat – death by lion. [f 6.3, 1/640, ISO 320, -0.33]

Lion and eland wide

Zooming out a little further to show the complete scene confirmed the now-famous Prince Mkia, aka Half Tail. What an impressive lion he is becoming. [f 6.3, 1/1250, ISO 320, -0.33]

lion face

His brother, or coalition mate, looking a little worse for wear. The cut is superficial, but it keeps opening up. [f 14, 1/200, ISO 320, -0.67]

lion chase

With the Migration having mowed the Mara, November’s short grass allows for capturing hunts in action aplenty [f 6.3, 1/4000, ISO 500]

lion and warthog

This Owino Pride female failed to bring down the adult warthog but half an hour later she tried again and succeeded with a somewhat reduced reward. [f 5.0, 1/4000, ISO 500 -0.33]

Buffalos mating

Our assistant head guide, Douglas Onsongo, presented his work and research on buffaloes this week  – perhaps we can add another buffalo to his count in a few months time? [f 6.0, 1/1000, ISO 400, -0.33]

Elephant and calf

The elephant numbers in the Triangle are staggering at the moment – up to 250 in one swampy clearing, with many calves tucked close into their mothers. [f 5.0, 1/1600, ISO 320, -0.67]

Elephant calf black and white

Cropped in to show scale and to illustrate  just how small this baby is. [f 6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, -0.67]

Elephant calf framed

As a photographer you need to always be on the look out for natural frames. [f 5.6, 1/640, ISO 400, -0.33]

Elephant calf posing

Another baby taking centre stage. [f 5.0, 1/3200, ISO 500, -0.67]

Elephant black and white

Whilst her mother walks away into the sunset. [f 6.0, 1/2000, ISO 400]

 This Week a Year Ago

Maasai Woman Dancing

A year ago we were privileged to be invited to a large Maasai ceremony literally next door to our lodge. It was a visual spectacle and we posted a blog showcasing the vibrant colours and the energy of the event.

AUTHOR: Adam Bannister

A South African-trained biologist, safari guide, author, filmmaker and photographer, Adam is, above all else, a gifted storyteller. After spending the past 10 years working in some of the world’s most beautiful wild places – the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa, Rajasthan in India, Brazil’s Pantanal, and the rainforests of Manu National Park in Peru – he is delighted to share his stories of one of the loveliest game reserves of them all, the Maasai Mara.

David ward
November 15, 2019

Hi was hoping you could tell me who the pride males are of the owino pride now? Is mika the pride male of the mugoro pride now? Thank you kind regards David

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