Nomads of Maasai-land
I love a good picture, but would I submerge myself into malaria invested waters and wait 270 hours for the perfect picture, I cannot even imagine it?  But then I also have never been  sought after by high profile publications like; National Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Africa Geographic Magazine, AfricaBirds and Birding Magazine, Travel Africa Magazine, and television companies like BBC – UK as well as NBC – USA, just to name a few.  However, photographer Greg du Toit knows what all the above feels like.....
Young Bulls at Play
Zebras in the Dust
Portrait of a King
Twilight Leopard

Chimpanzee Siesta
Golden Rhino Forest
Lilac-breasted Roller
Wrestling Bull
Blood, Sweat and Photographic Tears
By Greg du Toit

This narration documents my pursuit of that ever elusive frame, which became an obsession that lasted a total of sixteen months and took me along an eventful journey, during which I contracted numerous parasites (some quite possibly unknown to science), not to mention the thousands upon thousands of insect bites.

At first, the notion to photograph a truly wild lion drinking, seemed like a simple one, provided one knew where to find the lion and where to find water? Fortunately, living on the Western escarpment of the Gregorian Rift Valley in the South of Kenya, both the aforementioned luxuries were at my disposal. At the beginning of this year, I discovered a spring that wound its way down the Nguruman Hills, spilling onto the rift floor, where it formed a picturesque waterhole. At first glance, the tiny patch of water, which covered an area of about twenty square metres, seemed pretty quiet and was after all, only a mere five kilometers from the closest Maasai village. Walking around the waterhole though, I noticed fresh lion tracks superbly imprinted in the fine volcanic dust. These prints were not left by habituated lion, but rather a rare and wild type of semi-nomadic lion. These free ranging lion carry out an existence beyond fences, outside of any formal game reserve or national park, and roam the floor of the Rift wild and free, just like all lion once did. Operating under the cover of darkness, these creatures are shy and elusive and just how shy, was a question I would soon try to answer… 
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