Guest Post/Photography by Greg Wagner
Gregory Wagner is a landscape, wildlife, travel, sports, and commercial photographer and blogger based in Fort Myers, Florida.
As more of a photographer than a writer, my return trip to Africa this past September is best told in photographs rather than words. I’ll avoid the cliché, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but I will defer to the sign my high school gymnastics coach posted in the gym: “Show me. Don’t tell me”.
The reason this article is titled “Back Into Africa” is pretty simple: I had the opportunity to visit Kenya and a few other countries in 2016. It was a greatly productive trip and when the chance to go back in 2018 I couldn’t pass it up. But this time it was only Kenya.
So here we go. Our small tour group’s first stop was Amboseli National Park which is along the southern border with Tanzania. Our hotel was the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, a beautiful place where Mount Kilimanjaro looks like it’s so close you can touch it. The exterior of our row of rooms reminded me of Bedrock, home to Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty. Check out the photo and see if you agree.
Even if you were staying at the hotel alone you would always have company in the form of Vervet monkeys, or frequent elephant visits at your back patio.
The game drives were incredible and of course everyone gets most excited about seeing the big cats, especially cheetahs, leopards and adult male lions. Unfortunately we did not spot any leopards or big male lions at Amboseli but we did see three cheetahs traveling together and scouting out their next meal. We waited for quite some time to see if they would chase after an antelope, gazelle, wildebeest or anything else but in the end they just got up and walked away.
It seems as if elephants are as common in Amboseli as great egrets are in southwest Florida, and just as beautiful. Best estimates put the number of elephants between 4,000 and 5,000.
There is nothing quite like an African sunset. It’s difficult to describe or to explain why the sunset in Africa is so different and spectacular. It just is.