Masai Mara, June 2012 – Part 2

Over the next few days we had many more big cat encounters. In part this was due to a hippo dying of natural causes resulting in many lions taking advantage of the free meal. We returned to the hippo carcass several times to observe the changes and different predators around it, this included a large lion pride, the three males lions we had seen on our first day now with a female and cub, several hyenas and vultures. I have not included many photos of this here as the carcass is rather unpleasant, though more can be found on my flickr account.

We also had some very rewarding cheetah sightings including a female with two cubs.  Initially it was a slightly frustrating situation with far too many vehicles around to properly enjoy watching the young family, however we found most people didn’t hang around too long and we quickly found ourselves alone with them to watch the cubs play.

On the last night in the Mara we returned to the hyena’s den to watch the cubs play and investigate our vehicle.

We were lucky to see three rhino during our time in the Mara, though both sightings were at too greater distance to get any decent photos.

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Mara Intrepid Tented Camp.

Further photographs from my trip to Masai Mara can be viewed here.

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