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My 1st Experience at Nairobi Park during #PhotographyInTheWild Event

We should all promote Domestic tourism, I’m proud because I got to attend the photography in the wild March edition. Walking up early was quite the challenge but just to see the beautiful sunrise, anything is possible. What makes it better is we were given one two tips on shooting beautiful sunrises by the renowned David Macharia. We then continued with the game drive with our awesome guide, Saidi Mwash from Bigfoot Adventures Kenya,getting to see about 12 vichwas, 2 pembes, and lots of shingos. If you really don’t know the terms then get out of your comfort and join Versatile adventures for the April edition. The kichwa is a lion,pembe is rhino and shingo…I’ll leave that to you to find out. We would stop just to get the perfect shot.

A Lion Hiding in the Bush at Nairobi National Park

 

A Giraffe’s  ossicones are used to fight

The stop at the picnic site was just the best. We were taught that patience is the biggest value required while doing wildlife photography. You can wait for about 3 hours just to get that perfect shot. Yes… 3 hours.
From there we continued with the game drive spotting a lot of antelopes.

Photographers, hobbyists,bloggers conservationist and tour guides during photography in the wild March edition

Lunch is a story for another day.

You can join Versatile adventures for the April edition on 21st. Mark that date for you don’t want to miss out on this and more.. let’s capture images of our resource and caption them in your own words how to conserve them #PhotographyForConservation

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Spirit of Adventure

‘Drying Mara spells doom for wildlife’. It’s one of the headlines which captured my mind and took my attention. This was in one of our local newspapers, ‘The daily nation’. I had to take time and think about this. ‘Our wildlife our heritage’ is one of our slogans as Kenyans. Kenya benefits a lot from the wildlife and tourism industry and if we get to hear such news, it is true we have to be and get worried for they are not pleasant to listen to.

Activities such as tree cutting is among the highly discouraged anthropogenic activity at the Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropogenic activities have posed a great threat to our tourism industry. Encroachment of wildlife habitats by locals for farming and settling due to high population growth has directly affected our ecosystems. The many benefits we enjoyed from the vast forests and vegetation we had including temperature regulation, climate regulation, carbon sinks have to a far greater extent been slowly diminishing from our sights.

Leopards often drag their prey on top of a tree to avoid them being taken by other animals. Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearing up of huge areas under trees have been the order of the day. We have developed some notions in our minds of caring about much for today without wanting to know how our present actions will affect the future. We tend to be much focused with what is for today and forgetting about tomorrow. We all know that tourism, plays a pivotal role in economic development and the main tourist attraction element in Kenya is the rich wildlife resources we have. Maasai Mara in particular is one of the most exciting places famously known for the annual spectacular wildebeests migration to Serengeti Park. The conditions in the park are of no doubt unbearable to the wildlife. According to the newspaper, already wildebeests, hippos, elephants and buffalos have migrated to Serengeti Park in Tanzania.

Herd of elephants moving towards the Mara tree for a shade and rest.

It is clear that we have to join hands to avoid further destructions of the ecosystem. Checking on the population growth and the over exploitation of natural resources within the core areas of the Mara should be our sole goal so that we can save the reserve. The migration of these animals is a great concern that should not be taken lightly for it risks the sustenance of our future generation.

Giraffe good eyesight helps it to avoid surprise attacks from predators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our mandate to protect and conserve the forests which are sustaining the Mara River which are Mau and Nyakweri Forests in Transamara, Enoosupuka Forest in Narok West and Loita Forest in Narok South. The Mara River ecosystem is the sole determiner of life in the region. This calls therefore for efforts to be made and actions to be taken to ensure this ecosystem is protected. Its effects are very clear for if the wildlife in the reserve have steadily reduced in population, then it’s definite that we shall have few tourists visiting the area and corresponding decrease in income earned.

The best way to protect the Mara is through planting a tree and adopting it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is my appeal to all stakeholders and all locals concerned, it is our role to advocate for sustainable development. Let’s stand in solidarity to protect Maasai Mara national park and save lives. It’s our obligation to care for our wildlife and promote and protect tourism.

Versatile Adventures is a Versatile Photographers initiative to create awareness for Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism and Culture through content development

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#March Edition Photography In The Wild Game Drive at Nairobi National Park

Game drive session. Maasai Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Early morning game drive at Nairobi National Park?

This is what you need to know about the game drives at National Parks. Since you will be leaving early in the morning, park the previous day. For instance, if your game drive is on Saturday, pack on Friday evening. Charge your batteries, remember the park has no charger, or electricity connectivity, its the wild, home to animals who know nothing about electric power, its an adventure. Remember to buy snacks. Pack everything you need early enough so as not to forget.

Conservationists gear in use was off the chain! #PhotographyForConservation

 

 

Father and son preserving memories at Nairobi park early in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carry your sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap. Put on comfortable shoes, adjustable cloth wear because in the morning the weather tends to be chilly but come mid-morning hours, it turns out to be hot. Be at the meeting point early enough for you not to be left behind. Remember to carry your national identity for identification purpose the Kenya Wildlife Service, if you are a Non-residence, or a Residence make sure n to carry your passport. 

Bigfoot Adventures Executives vans parked outside Radisson Blu to ferry tourists to the park.

Versatile Adventures is a Versatile Photographers initiative to create awareness for Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism and Culture through content development.

We as Versatile Adventures, hold a monthly event dubbed #PhotographyInTheWild. An initiative which takes people to visit Nairobi National Park once every month with an aim of communicating the need to conserve the park using Photography as a tool to sell the importance of our Natural Heritage, our pride.

During the Game Drive, always have in mind what is it that you want to capture,  compose it in your mind before you click. Which story do you want to tell? What impact will it have to the society? Make sure it is a conservation revolution.

Photography is an Art and a tool to communicate the need to conserve the Natural Heritage. How would you feel when someone invades your privacy for instance your home and decides to build a public trespass through your acre of land? Is that not the same thing that the wild animals are facing? The animals may be resilient at first but eventually they will run away. Kenya as a country, will lose its title as the only country with a park in the city.

Beautiful view of Nairobi city from the Park

How will the game rangers, office administrators families that depend on Kenya Wildlife Service sustain their lifestyle? Human wildlife conflict will be the order of the day because, the wild animals will try to secure a safer home, this will end up with them being attacked too.  

This is a treasure that Nairobi city has, a pride of Lions, Bufalos, Cattle Eget bird I am sure you don’t know what type of bird it is. Come visit the park and experience this peaceful atmosphere with the only destruction being noise from the birds melodious

Join us the next edition which will take place on 21st April, 2018 from as early as 5:30am.  

The Silent Voices of Wildlife

The silent voices of wildlife have been heard far and wide globally. However, it is unfortunate that there is part of humankind that is not humane and has turned a deaf ear to these voices. Human illegal activities have led to an alarming decline in the wildlife population. Our vibrant biodiversity is at risk of depletion due to our activities that hurt their habitat and wildlife itself. It is a high time we stop and think what would be the welcome note to our future generation into this sickly planet with sickly inhabitants.

A cool and quiet atmosphere enjoyed by the birds at Hyena dam

A current case example that serves to send the point home is the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway across Nairobi National Park. It is an immeasurable act of insult to our vibrant National Park that poses a great risk of decline in wildlife that inhabits it. This may result from destructions caused by the trains noise, air pollution which may lead to health risks of the animals in the park as well as their death. Various animals will respond differently to the effects of the construction of this railway and its use. This will lead to a decline of the endangered species as well as the decline in revenue generation from this park. This is a prime area and the only park within the city thus the government must reconsider its decision to construct this railway across it.

This beautiful creature was captured at the Nairobi National Park during #PhotographyIntheWild event

According to the Living Planet Report 2014, the population sizes of vertebrate species which include birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 52 percent over the last 40 years. This means that those populations around the globe have dropped by more than half in fewer than two human generations. It also noted that our own demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing almost uncontrollably. Further, the report indicated that we need 1.5 Earths to generate the natural resources we currently use. According to this report, the most hurting part is that we cut down trees faster than they mature, harvest more fish than the ocean replenish, and emit more carbon into the atmosphere and the oceans can absorb. These directly affect the wildlife existence and its reproduction.

The African Savannah Impala grazing captured at Maasai mara National Park

Such inhumane activities by human beings, however, can be salvaged by putting across various measures. This can be achieved by bringing together various stakeholders concerned to save the situation. These measures include creating awareness of the importance of wildlife habitats as well as provide alternatives to the use of resources from these habitats. Another measure is the reduction of carbon emission by encouraging industries to adopt the green energy initiative in order to stop the poisoning of our wildlife.
The government is also encouraged to draft legislation that will regulate the release of various chemicals and oil spills into rivers and oceans respectively. This will ensure that the aquatic life is protected against harmful and toxic chemicals.

A team of conservationists creating awareness through photography. Event #PhotographyInTheWild

In conclusion, the global governments and international communities should prioritize issues related to trends in wildlife and historical changes in climate and its implications for biodiversity to ensure that the future generations will get to enjoy our heritage.

Versatile Adventures is a Versatile Photographers initiative to create awareness for Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism and Culture through content development

#PhotographyForConservation

#PhotographyInTheWild