With the upcoming Art of Africa exhibition in September/October, nothing like emerging into the heart of the exhibiting artists to see and understand where their love and inspiration are coming from.
Art is a way to connect and understand the world around us.
Let’s talk about the inspiration from wildlife artist Mahdhav Sarna.
Mahdha's connection with Africa started at an early age.
The artist grew up in Kenya, East Africa, where, from his earliest memories have been ingrained into, as a viewer and as a part of the rich wilderness of the Kenyan National Parks.
His art definitely captures moments of life in the African savannahs, including emotion and reflecting the familiarity between us and our planet’s wildlife.
We hope this article will allow you to travel beyond the words and discover the richness of Africa.
Located in Eastern Africa exist serene landscapes and rich wildlife preserves. Consisting of savannahs, jungles and coastal beaches, Kenya is rich and diverse in its natural beauty. Disparate landscapes see stark contrasts between the low coastal plains on the Indian Ocean and the highlands in which the capital, Nairobi, sits at an altitude of 1,700 meters. With this varied landscape comes an abundance of National Parks, a total of 26 to be precise, diversified across marine, savanna-bush woodlands, mountains and lake ecosystems.
Kenyan National Parks
Nairobi National Park is located in south-central Kenya and was first established in 1946. A short drive out of the business district, surrounded by skyscrapers, lies the Nairobi National Park. Thick woods mould on the city’s outskirts, cascading into rolling plains, valleys and rivers.
Home to scattered acacia bush and a variety of wildlife such as lion, leopard, buffalo, baboon, wildebeest, hyena, rhino, giraffe, cheetah and zebra - 100 mammal species and a rich birdlife with 400 migratory and endemic bird species, the park makes a beautiful tourist destination.
Mount Kenya National Park
Just as Kenya offers reserves full of woodlands, in a stark contrast, visitors may also experience glacial ecosystems and pristine wilderness. Mount Kenya, known to be the second tallest mountain in Africa, offers breath-taking views comprising lakes, glaciers and mineral springs. Amongst the high altitude, various species roam the mountain, including elephants, bushbucks, the tree hyrax and white tailed mongoose.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is in southern Kenya. Also known as the “Home of the African Elephant” - for its large elephant herds and views of immense Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak), across the border in Tanzania.
Those fond of nature can expect to see large herds of elephants and further experience the diverse habitats including wetlands, sulphur springs, savannas and woodlands.
Sibiloi National Park
Africa’s rich history is evident in the Sibiloi National Park, in which the rugged shores of Lake Turkana treasure archaeological sites and fossil remains of human evolution. Striking volcanic formations and open plains give home to terrestrial wildlife such as zebras, gazelles, lions and others. Aquatic species sees a huge population of the Nile crocodile as the migrant waterfowl serves as a major breeding ground. Sibloi is surrounded by rich communities who preserve traditional cultures such as Turkana, the Gabra and the Dassanach.