October 2023: Kenya was the first African country I ever visited and it’s where I fell in love with photography. In 2004, Nic and I took a sabbatical from our jobs in journalism and spent several wonderful months travelling through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa.
I had with me my first ever digital camera – boasting a whopping 4MP of resolution – and while the photos from that trip won’t win any awards, they did plant a seed. When I got back to London the following year, I bought my first DSLR and lenses, and everything else followed from there.
I’ve been back to Kenya a couple of times since then, but it had been 12 years since my last trip and I was very keen to return. This visit was a bit different, however. As well as updating my portfolio and sharpening my photography skills, this was also about introducing my eldest son to Kenya, to the safari experience – and to photography.
Over the course of a week, Harry and I travelled to Buffalo Springs and Samburu National Reserves in central Kenya, then south west to Lake Nakuru and finally down to the Masai Mara and the Tanzanian border.
Photos by James and Harry Hopkirk