Rare footage of Amboseli cheetahs chasing a gazelle in a 120 frames per second slow motion [4K]
On the last day and the last hour of a 14-day, 5 am to 7 pm, back-to-back wildlife safari, I witnessed such an extraordinary encounter that I will remember it for the rest of my life.
It was a cloudy day in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. The icy peak of mount Kilimanjaro was peeking out between the two layers of clouds. I suddenly saw three male cheetahs emerge from the bushes. They were keeping a close eye on every single move of a gazelle that was 200 meters away from them. It was apparent that Cheetahs would not let this opportunity go away. Similarly, I could not afford to miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of witnessing the spectacular drama unfolding in front of my eyes.
I got my gears set up, took the position, and waited for the greatest wildlife show on earth to begin. The moment gazelle entered into a certain range, cheetahs chased at the speed of light to hunt down the gazelle. Sitting alone and on the front row of the theater, I had the privilege to capture the whole story from start to finish in 120 frames per second. It was thrilling and also heartbreaking to see the plight of the prey. I told myself 'nature is brutal'.
A tear rolled down my cheeks as I could not have asked for a better ending to my trip. I did not want to leave this place but I had no choice. I had to reach Nairobi the same evening. As we drove away, the clouds cleared and the icy peak of Kilimanjaro was quite visible. In the distance, I could see a herd of elephants against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, giving themselves a dust bath with ancient volcanic ash.
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