Manyatta, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. 2009 by Damienne Bingham

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Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. 2009

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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There was a sense of community in Kenya that I haven’t felt anywhere else in the world. Even in the bigger cities the people were friendly and happy. Here in this small village some of the women were sitting here in a basic “creche” looking after the children and just enjoying the simple happiness of being together.

The manyatta is the traditional dwelling of the tribal peoples of Kenya (Masai, Samburu, Kikuyu.) The manyatta is similar to the western “corral” or “kraal” in Afrikaans. It consists of several huts surrounded by thorn bush branches which act as a fence – keeping their livestock in and predatory animals out.

The huts are generally made by the women of the tribe and consist of a frame of tree branches pasted with animal dung (cow, elephant, whatever is available) which then dries hard in the sun. The huts are partitioned into small rooms, usually 2-4 sleeping areas around a larger central living/cooking room.

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I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

I enjoy many forms of photography – with a particular interest in travel and nature photography. This diversity can be seen in the range of genres and styles in my portfolio

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  • Earl McCall
    Earl McCallabout 4 years ago

    Well done I love this capture and crop.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonabout 4 years ago

    A very picture perfect shot !

  • Thanks Corinne!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 4 years ago

    Look at that crumbling hut……………nice shot!! You’re very brave to even go there! ;-))

  • Thank you! They were actually lovely people, the children were so beautiful! But I certainly wouldn’t be able to live the way they do!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    I love everything about this one………a really incredible capture. Stunning work.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Lorena!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Neville Jones
    Neville Jonesabout 4 years ago

    I love the contrast of the bright colours. Nicely authentic.

  • Thanks Neville, so glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Noble Upchurch
    Noble Upchurchabout 4 years ago

    Breathtaking work!!! A privilege to view!!!

    Thank You for the commentary.

  • My pleasure, and thank You very much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you Matt

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful color contrast. Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you Lucinda, glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Daniel Rosselló
    Daniel Rossellóabout 4 years ago

    Congrats!! good moment!! ;))

  • Thanks Daniel!

    – Damienne Bingham

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