I was very fortunate to grow up in Kenya, East Africa and live where I could spend as much time in the bush as possible. Riding on horse back through old growth forests with trees over a hundred feet tall and listening to the Colobus Monkeys chattering noisily high up in the canopy was something I never got enough of. In another direction I was in easy reach of the Ngong Hills overlooking Masai Country. These are the hills you might have seen in the film "Out of Africa". They are often very green, with rich red soil, and can be covered in mist until quite late in the morning. Once the mist clears you gaze down two thousand feet to the bottom of the Great Rift Valley. You can usually see the other side through the haze about twenty to thirty miles away.
Rift Valley from the Ngong HillsAs a boy I used to ride horse back through the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi. They are still as beautiful as I remember, with the mist rising after 8am unveiling this magnificent view of the Rift Valley
On a very clear day we could see Mt. Kenya in the north and Mt. Kilimanjaro to the south from our home outside Nairobi.
The experiences that I had riding out in the bush and getting as close to the wildlife as possible are an intrinsic part of me and gave me the thirst I have to get out bush ... whichever country I have found myself in.
Since then I have been fortunate enough to visit many more wild places in a few different countries, both in Africa, Australia and a few more.
I have just finished putting together a list of African Photographic Destinations. I have been to quite a few and I'm starting to think abut how I can visit a while lot more.
Interested in joining me perhaps? Then let me know here
Keywords: african, botswana, destinations, east africa, horse, kenya, namibia, photographic, riding, south africa, tanzania, uganda, zambia, zimbabwe
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