About this series

MOMENTS IN THE WILD Myself, Dashawatar Bade, have traveled through forests of India to shoot wildlife in India, but was very tempted to visit Masai Mara, as its epitome of wildlife photography.

Maasai Mara is one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, African leopard, cheetah and African bush elephant. It also hosts the Great Migration, which secured it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and as one of the ten Wonders of the World. Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita Plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve. All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white rhinos) are found here all year round. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. The plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.

There are many large carnivores found here in the reserve. Lions are the most dominant and are found here in large numbers. Spotted hyenas are another abundant carnivore, and will often compete with lions for food. Leopards are found anywhere in the reserve where there are trees for them to escape to. Cheetahs are also found in high numbers on the open savanna, hunting gazelles and wildebeest. African wild dogs are quite rare here due to the widespread transmission of diseases like canine distemper and the heavy competition they face with lions, who can often decimate their populations. Antelopes can be found, including Grant's gazelles, impalas, duikers and Coke's hartebeests.

The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe. The large roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders.

More than 470 species of birds have been identified in the park, many of which are migrants, with almost 60 species being raptors.

Dashawatar Gopalkrishna Bade


Myself Dr.dashawatar, am a pediatrician from India, multigenre photographer, specially interested in travel, cultural, documentary, landscape, macro & wildlife photography, I have been involved in photography since 2013, have been awarded in SIPA, HIPA international, GOLD Medalist in CLAWS international competition, and also featured amongst top 10 in INDIAN PHOTO FESTIVAL 2020.