Masai Mara, June 2012 – Part 1
Following our time in Samburu and Buffalo Springs we flew to the Masai Mara, where we were met at the airstrip by Denis, our guide for our stay in the Mara. We were giving the option of going out straight on a game drive or freshen up first at the camp, we of course jumped at opportunity to soak up the our new environment. This turned out to be a great decision as within ten minutes we stumbled upon three male lions lazing in the afternoon sun. After staying with them for a while to see if anything would develop we decided to leave them in pursuit of a herd of elephants we could see in the distance. Later we returned to the lions, which were now a little bit more active and alert, occasionally getting up to shift position, though it was clear that they definitely weren’t going anywhere soon.
The next day we were out early and were fortunate to stumble upon a female leopard walking towards us, not far from camp. We enjoyed a few moments alone with the beautiful creature before other vehicles started to arrive and before we knew it she has disappeared into the bushes. This would turn out to be our only leopard sighting during our time in the Mara.
We had brought breakfast with us so we continued driving at a leisurely pace, enjoying various sightings along the way, including a family of giraffe with a young calf that had lost the end of its tail. We had breakfast at a lovely quiet spot along the Mara River, where we enjoyed watching the hippos splashing around in the water. On the way back to camp we spent time watching crowned cranes, ostriches, topi and cokes hartebeest.
Later that afternoon Denis took us to a hyena’s den, where we found 7 cubs of various ages playing whilst their parents were hunting. The cubs were adorable and were just as curious with us as we were with them!