Westlands / Parklands
Why wildlife photography is hard work
Lake Naivasha in Kenya is known for its 350 species of birds, an amazing number for a small lake if you consider that on the entire British Isles there's barely twice that amount. No surprise that Kenya is popular with bird watchers and wildlife photographers.
Meeting paradise – and angry hippos – on an African lake
Lake Naivasha looks its best from the former home of Joy Adamson, the author of “Born Free”, who lived on the shore until her death in 1980.
Africa’s cycle of life and death
The crossing of the Mara river by thousands of zebra and wildebeest every year during their migration between Tanzania and Kenya is one of the world’s greatest natural sights.
Hopping on the motorbike and moving on
Just outside the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the south of Kenya, Rinka offers me a lift on his flashy Chinese motorbike, covered with FC Barcelona stickers.
Meeting a Maasai role model
I meet Sharon Sanayian, a teacher at Losho Primary School in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Lake Nakuru's flamingos make you wonder and ponder
Lake Nakuru’s game park is Kenya’s second most popular because of its short distance from the capital. Black and white rhino, buffalo, lions, giraffe, zebra and antelope all abound – but flamingos steal the show.
Get to the center of the action
Photographing the Maasai can be complicated, as they know they are a tourist attraction and expect money in return for being models. After a lengthy negotiation with the chief of this village, he agreed that I could spend four days in there to photograph daily life.
Why can’t real men wear skirts?
Joseph Sengeny is a Maasai who embraces modern life while proudly wearing his traditional clothing, a bright cotton kilt. “Just because we may wear clothes dating back centuries, does not mean we are barbarians,” he says.
Visions of paradise on Lake Naivasha
Hello Kenya, where the lakes of the Rift Valley are an important migration route for millions of birds. Among them, Lake Naivasha is home to 350 different bird species, while up to a million of pink flamingos flock on Lake Nakuru. Both are visions of paradise but the demands of Kenya”s fast-growing population means the ecology of each lake hangs in the balance, a microcosm of our planet.
Turning lion hunters into teachers
Hello Kenya, where the Maasai have been carrying on their traditional way of life for centuries, tending the cattle given to them by their god, but facing increasing pressure from the outside world. A Maasai girl might now dream of studying in the capital of Nairobi, while a young warrior can still show his bravery by hunting for lion, but make a living by serving cocktails to tourists.