In Feb 2013 we took a group to the Masai Mara, Kenya for horseback safari. We tried out a new helmet camera for some of the riding. Following is our first gallop across the plain on the long day. We traveled approximately 35km as camp was moved from one site to another. The plain is as far and wide as the eye can see, seems like over the edge of the earth. Follow us on two gallops. The first is open. In the 2nd Gallop you will see a tree in the distance when we start. This is where we wound up. Each gallop was over 1/2 mile at 5700ft. Our top speed was close to 20mph.
In this video we ride up on a bull elephant. We wanted to proceed down the road but he had other ideas about letting us pass. The horses were incredible and weren’t terribly concerned by it all until the elephant approached. They kindly carried us away without too much fuss. The video was taken with a Canon Powershot camera hand-held so it is a bit shaky but I think that adds a bit to the realism of the situation. After a while we found an alternate route on the other side of the stream and paralleled the road. You can see the elephant on the other side. He then moved up the hill and away from the road, but now we didn’t need it!
We discovered a lion in the grass when out one morning in the vehicle. Not the best footage but impressive to see this guy walking away from us without ever acknowledging we were there.