Video of the week: Notch – King of the Mara – crosses the Talek River


Notch and his sons have to be one of the most famous and powerful lion coalitions of all time. I had the great pleasure of meeting this feline legend and his family while on safari in the Maasai Mara with Daryl and Sharna Balfour .

One morning we caught up with him drinking on the banks of the Talek River. His thirst slaked, he rose and waded nonchalantly across the fast-flowing river. Who says cats avoid water?

Jonathan and Angela Scott  wrote this of Notch and sons: ‘The Lion King has nothing on these lions! There has never been a coalition of males quite like Notch and The Boys. Notch is the ‘Big Daddy’ of lions, one of the most successful pride males that we have ever had the pleasure of watching. He is twelve years old and past his prime but you would hardly know it! With his younger relatives as back-up (there were 5 of them at one point) Notch and The Boys control a vast area of prime lion territory in the northern Mara, terrorizing rival males and mating with as many females as they can. Such is their power that killing hippos and buffalos is their speciality.’

You can join Daryl and Sharna Balfour on one of their superb wildebeest migration safaris in the Mara. Find out more.


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  1. Gary Hamdorf on

    Daryl and Sharna offer some of the best trips to Africa I have been on.

    For anyone who loves wild life photography, I encourage you to look at going to Africa with one of the best wildlife photographers in Africa Daryl Balfour and his wife Sharna, of Wildphotos Safaris.

    Together they run a unique experience with some of the best guides in Africa, especially in Kenya when you go to the Mara on one of their unique old style camping safari. They only have 4 people per vehicle and a maximum of 12 in camp at anyone time.

    I have been traveling to Africa for 14 years now and the 2 trips I have done with them 2013 & 2014, have been the best for experience, photography and that family feeling.

    As Daryl and Sharna say once you come on a trip with us you are part of the Wildphotos family. This is definitely true and this is why I booked again this year 2015, and will be doing more trips in the future.

    Daryl will also help out with camera and Lightroom techniques. As a successful photographer for over 20 years Daryl’s experience is second to none. The 2 trips I have already done with Daryl already have increased by photography skills and Lightroom skills 1000 fold, so much so that many of the pictures I have taken in the past look disappointing along side my most recent ones.

    So contact Daryl and Sharna to arrange a I’ve in a life time experience (that can can have every time you go with them)

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