I Dream of Africa.

Travel in Kenya is exactly what one hopes for when going on safari in Africa. The people are friendly, the scenery is spectacular and even though the country is progressing at a rapid pace, it still feels as if you have stepped back in time. Many times we found ourselves daydreaming about the past wondering how Roosevelt and Hemingway spent their days as we relaxed at the Fairmont Norfolk in Nairobi. I envisioned a time when animals roamed freely and when the tribes ruled the land. There are bits and pieces of tribal life surviving in Conservancy’s around the game reserves and the numbers of endangered animals are slowly coming back as photo safari tourism rises and the trophy hunting days of the past are slowly being pushed to the side.

We witnessed incredible beauty throughout the country and I have compiled some of my favourite Kenya photos from our time in the country. I had so many to choose from that after you scroll through the 16 below, you can continue to Journey through Kenya in a slideshow I created. I hope that you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed traveling through Kenya.

Kenya Photos, A Visual Journey

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Masai Mara at Sunrise

 

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The Leopard of the Masai Mara, Kenya

 

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Kids smile for the camera in our guides local village.

 

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Sunset in Amboseli National Park

 

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A Female Lioness on the prowl in Kenya

 

The proud Masai People of Kenya

The proud Masai People of Kenya

 

masai mara balloon breakfast

Champagne dreams in the Masai Mara, Kenya

 

Hippos Bathe in Kenya

Hippos Bathe in Kenya

 

Sneaky monkey, Kenya

Sneaky monkey, Kenya

 

Sunset takes hold in the Masai Mara

Sunset takes hold in the Masai Mara

 

Elephants graze in Amboseli National Park

Elephants graze in Amboseli National Park

 

Flamingoes sleep at Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Flamingoes sleep at Lake Nakuru, Kenya

 

Storm clouds loom in Kenya

Storm clouds loom in Kenya

 

A young male lion surveys a herd of Buffalo on the Plains of the Masai Mara

A young male lion surveys a herd of Buffalo on the Plains of the Masai Mara

 

A young Masaai Warrior.

A young Masaai Warrior.

 

A Family of White Rhino drink in the morning sun at Lake Nakuru.

A Family of White Rhino drink in the morning sun at Lake Nakuru.

 

Sunrise Balloon ride over the plains of Africa

Sunrise Balloon ride over the plains of Africa

 

 

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58 Comments

  1. Monica

    Incredible photos! Wow. I’ve just got back from safari and it was so tough to get a decent shot of a leopard. The one you’ve caught on camera is beautiful.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thank you Monica. We were really lucky to have the tree all to ourselves before all the trucks arrived. Plus I had a really good lens with me too .

  2. Amanda

    Holy cow, what amazing images! I can’t even choose a favorite – they are all so striking!

    Can’t wait to go on safari myself sometime.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Amanda, I’m glad you liked them. We had a hard time choosing as well. Just choosing these photos for the post was difficult enough. Dave has so many amazing shots.

  3. Maria

    Fantastic collection of photos – took me back to when I’d watch National Geographic on Sunday nights as a kid. My favorite is the photo “The proud Masai People of Kenya” – it’s a beautiful portrait and the colors! Wow!

  4. Sherry

    Wow! I’ve never been on a safari… yet. I must admit Kenya was never a destination of choice for one, but maybe with these photos, it could be. Great visual on what was probably an extraordinary journey.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Sherry, Kenya is really incredible. We’ve been to about 10 countries in Africa, and after visiting Kenya its right at the top. We went on safari in South Africa and Botswana as well, and they don’t compare to safari here. Now we just need to do the Serengeti in Tanzania so that we can truly compare.

  5. Ali

    These are really amazing photos! I’ve wanted to go on a safari for a really long time, and this has me even more antsy to go!

    1. debndave Post author

      Same with us. We spend 4 months in Africa in 2008 and didn’t do a proper safari except for a cruise in Chobi National park. It was so exciting to finally be on a real Masai Mara safari four years later.

  6. Sheila

    Amazing collection of photos. I loved the Rhino family photo the most. Can you tell me which lens you used to get a close up photo of the animals?

    1. debndave Post author

      Hi Sheila, we used a Canon EF 500 mm lens. I highly recommend it when you go on safari in Kenya. we didn’t need it for South Africa, but Kenya definitely.

  7. Jennifer

    Amazing photos! It is so hard to choose favorites, but I absolutely love that sunset in Masai Mara and the family of rhinos. I hope we get to go on safari someday. Until then, I will ogle these photos.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thank you Jennifer. I love that sunset too. I think what I love the most was the memory. I’ll never forget the elephants walking by us in silence at sunset. It was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.

  8. Kirstie

    Nice pics. The trio rhinos are particularly cute. But I still wouldn’t like to meet one close up. Hoping to take the kids on safari in South Africa in the summer.

    1. debndave Post author

      Haha, yes Kirstie, it’s much safer to remain in the van and watch the rhinos from a safe distance. They are cute though aren’t they. I hope you have an amazing safari this summer!

  9. Sophie

    Outstanding photos, D & D. You must have gotten quite close to the animals. My 11-year-old has a safari near the top of her list; looks like Masai Mara would be a good choice.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Sophie. Yes, at times we definitely came very close to the animals. Dave had a 500ml lens though as well. So for the leopard and male lions, that came in handy. They were still a bit away from us. you could see them with the naked eye, but when we tried to video them with my camera, they were too far away. The big lens helped immensely.

  10. Natasha von Geldern

    Simply exquisite photos guys. I’ve explored southern Africa but the eastern part of the continent is high on my list for the future. The photo of the group of children is particularly touching.

    1. debndave Post author

      Kenya is amazing. I think it’s our favourite country in Africa. Tanzania was originally, but now we’ve swayed to Kenya. South Africa is nice too and we always have a great time there, but there’s something about the other countries in the continent that really move us and fill us with emotion. Zambia, Namibia, Sudan, Ethiopia…we love them all! We still have yet to explore Western AFrica though, I can’t wait to see what they’re like. Hopefully soon!

  11. Dariece - Goats On The Road

    Wow you guys! You know how much we love your photos, but that one of the leopard is incredible. It’s our favourite yet, Nick and I are at a loss for words! The fact that it’s looking right at the camera, the lighting is perfect and it’s in a tree!

    Awesome post :)
    Cheers.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks so much Dariece. We Love the leopard the most as well. It all worked out well, but I have to give Dave kudos for being patient. When he caught sight of any animal, he sat with his eye against the lens and waited patiently for however long it took to be ready to snap a photo. At one point, I sat in the van and played Tetris on my iPhone because I was so bored. Dave stayed steady and kept an eye out for movement and managed to grab shots like this. It’s his patience and talent combined that made for such incredible photos. Not everyone can do that. I feel that he got National Geographic shots and we only had a 3 day safari to do so. Most photographers need weeks in a location to do what he did. Plus, our guide Makau was really great at keeping an eye out and making sure that we got what we needed.

      1. Dariece - Goats On The Road

        Haha, that’s too funny, I can just picture you sitting in the van playing on your iPhone! You’re absolutely right though, it is all about patience, and in this case, patience definitely paid off! We agree that these are Nat Geo shots, well done :)

      2. debndave Post author

        I know, it’s terrible. But Dave had the long lens and I couldn’t get close enough to the leopard with my video camera lens or the iPhone, so I might as well play a game. We weren’t near any other animals at this point. It was either watch Dave watching the tree or play with the iPhone. I decided to play :-)

    1. debndave Post author

      Africa is one of our favourite destinations. We are so happy that we could revisit it after fours years of being away. There is something about it that keeps drawing you back once you step foot on the continent. I’m sure you’ll get there one day soon for sure!

  12. Simon

    Just… Amazing! I’ve been to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, but never to Kenya. It looks stunning. Thanks for sharing these super photos.

    1. debndave Post author

      You’d love Kenya Simon! We had been to all those other places before Kenya as well and there is something quite special about the country that makes it one of our favourite spots in Africa. It has a lively positive energy that reminds us of Tanzania as well. Two amazing destinations.

    1. debndave Post author

      It’s amazing how he looked right down the barrel of the lens. The light was perfect and Dave snapped it at the perfect moment. That leopard didn’t stay still for long. Normally he was looking away or hiding

  13. Vera

    I’m afraid my comment doesn’t bring anything now – me, too, I am very impressed with your amazing pictures; be it the landscape, the wildlife, or the people! Waiting for the right moments (and playing Tetris;)…) definitely payed off. Wow!

    1. debndave Post author

      Haha, thank God for Tetris! Dave had the long lens and could get the shot once the Leopard moved, I couldnt’ do much with my video or my iPhone, so Tetras it was! There was nothing else to look at anymore. It sounds awful I know ;-)

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  15. Kenya Travel Tips

    Great photos. I would encourage those who haven’t visited Kenya to do so. Together with Masai Mara, there are other spectacular destinations such as Kakamega, Aberdares National Park and Samburu National Reserve.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks for the tips. you are so right, there is a lot to see in Kenya. It will take us many visits to this extraordinary country to be able to see it all.

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  17. Robert @ Amboseli National Park Day Tour

    Those are some great photos especially showing the animals and the people of Kenya. Very healthy kids.

    The pictures of Amboseli sunsets, elephants and the rhinos in lake Nakuru national park are amazing. I know coz Im able to see them oftenly during my 1 day safaris to Amboseli national park and lake Nakuru national park day tours.

    Robert has recently posted about it here: 1 Day Nairobi Tours

    1. debndave Post author

      Lucky you! Amboseli was amazing. I’d love to be there when it’s clear enough to really see Mount Kilimanjaro. It was shrouded in cloud when we visited, but still gorgeous.

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