Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara

News and updates from the Masai Mara.

Fig Tree Pride cub

on Friday, 01 February 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Fig Tree Pride cub

Tiny little cub from the Fig Tree pride......

'High stepping' Topi

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

'High stepping' Topi

A topi 'high stepping' across the plains. It was great to watch literally hundreds of them doing their courtship displays.

Stormy male

on Tuesday, 22 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Stormy male

Lovely male overlooking his territory as a storm loomed in the background.

Maasai Mara Lion

on Friday, 21 December 2012. Posted in Photography, 2012, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Maasai Mara Lion

A selection of lion photographs taken in a wet Maasai Mara in December 2012

The Lion and the Mara North Conservancy

on Saturday, 22 October 2011. Posted in Maasai Mara, 2011, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

The Lion and the Mara North Conservancy

Packed up with a picnic lunch and plenty of drinks we set off across the Reserve to our next stop in the Mara North Conservancy. Almost as it had become the norm, our first sighting leaving Salas Camp were 2 beautiful specimen black maned lions who had taken down a wildebeest overnight. Continuing on through the gnu and zebra filled plains we found three other prides before lunch, one of which numbered twelve. We also happened across a hyena den with twenty three hyenas. Although we did not see any small pups there were some sub adults that appeared very friendly and came right up to the vehicle. Late afternoon we arrived at Elephant Pepper Camp ready for a hot shower and a very cold gin and tonic.

The Leopard and the Sand River of the Mara

on Friday, 14 October 2011. Posted in Maasai Mara, 2011, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

The Leopard and the Sand River of the Mara

Peter and Helga arrived safely at Keekorok airstrip a little jaded from their long flight but ready to go as always. Their drowsiness swiflty departed as we bumped into 3 young male lions lying out in the evening sunshine on the short drive to Salas Camp located on the banks of the ‘Sausage tree’ lined Sand River. From that point on it just got better and better. I was a little concerned that the wildebeest would have moved out but this was certainly not the case. Over the next 5 days we immersed ourselves in herds of tens of thousands. It was spectacular.

Black Rhino in the rain

on Thursday, 22 September 2011. Posted in Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Black Rhino in the rain

An almighty storm brought this black rhino out of the bush east of Emarti in the Mara.......second rhino of the day!

‘Planking’ in the middle of the ‘bewildebeest’!

on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in Maasai Mara, 2011, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

‘Planking’ in the middle of the ‘bewildebeest’!

They bewilder everyone these wildebeest. Seemingly without rhyme or reason they cross back and forth the crocodile infested waters each year. Some chase their own tails in utter madness, most just follow the one in front of them trusting his/her judgement with amazing reliability. One day they are as far as the eye can see and the next they have completely disappeared. Some walk into a lion pride, get chased away often losing a compatriot, and then they walk back into the same pride 30 minutes later. Seriously! They are certainly not stupid though. To reach the astronomical numbers they have, they must be clever. Well I think so anyway!

The glory of the Maasai Mara

on Saturday, 09 July 2011. Posted in Maasai Mara, 2011, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

The glory of the Maasai Mara

It was sad farewell to Loisaba but the anticipation of the Mara was strongly in our minds as we cruised above the Great Rift Valley and into Keekorok airstrip. To see the miles and miles of open grassland is a spectacle in itself but the wildlife is what really draws people. It is no doubt the best place in the world to witness quintessential Africa teeming with animals. Just on our way into our private luxury camp we saw 18 different lion in the midst of buffalo, impala, hartebeest and topi.

Leopard

on Sunday, 03 April 2011. Posted in Photography, Maasai Mara, 2011, Kenya

Leopard

Prince of stealth

Immense skies, huge herds and big cats

on Saturday, 30 October 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

Immense skies, huge herds and big cats

It was a long, fun drive from Nakuru to the Mara. We moved on from the ‘stroopwafels’ to ‘hagelslag’ and then the interesting Mr Geert Wilders! For those who don’t know him, google him! Anyway, with laughter, a picnic lunch and some beautiful scenery we passed the time. ‘What time would you like to get into camp?’ I asked. What a stupid question, this is the Maasai Mara, you can never get anywhere on time as there is always something that breaks the timetable. This time, our first occasion, it was lion. We had not seen many up until now but within 30 minutes we had out first big black maned males. Two typical old kings who have seen it all. Both had been in the wars over the years and were scarred, battered and bruised with fresh wounds on their faces but certainly handsome in a ‘rough’ sort of way! As the rain started to fall we decided it was time to head into Elephant Pepper Camp for a hot shower, some freshly home made Italian pasta and a nightcap around the campfire under the immense starlit sky.

The Mara like I have never seen it

on Saturday, 09 October 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

The Mara like I have never seen it

A beautiful flight across the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru’s flamingo lined shores took us to the verdant herbivore strewn plains of the magnificent Maasai Mara. Diana, Kevin, Riley and Weston (and me!) couldn’t contain our excitement as we landed in the swarms of wildebeest and zebra for as far as the eye could see. ‘Whoa you don’t see this everyday’ Kevin said. He was right, you don’t. We had picked the perfect time and the perfect place to see the migration. Even before we had arrived at Salas Camp we had seen some lion lounging around in the evening light with zebra grazing only a few metres away – one eye on the ground and one on the lion.

‘Um, Joseph, I may need your help!’

on Sunday, 04 July 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

‘Um, Joseph, I may need your help!’

It's so good to be home again’ whispered Mary as we drove back into our luxury mobile camp. There is nothing like the feeling of having your own private camp, with your own private staff and your own private view across the Mara plains. I could feel everyone was excited about the Mara. Joe, Amanda, Seb and I had all raved about it and now we were there and had to produce the goods! I would love to take the credit for it but actually the Mara itself produced it for us. We had an incredible time with wildlife viewing that can only be described as out of this world.

On n’est pas bien la?! (Is this good or what!?)

on Thursday, 15 April 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

On n’est pas bien la?! (Is this good or what!?)

It was a sad farewell to Loisaba but with a final throw of petanque and a couple of laps of the pool we were on our way to the best wildlife viewing destination in the world: the Maasai Mara. The smoothest of landings on the all weather airstrip threw us immediately in at the deep end: elephant and buffalo everywhere, hundreds of them scattered across the plains around the famous Musiara marsh.

Put your hand up if you think hyenas are cute!

on Friday, 19 February 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

Put your hand up if you think hyenas are cute!

Guest Blogger

On our first game drive in the Maasai Mara we saw lots of spotted hyenas. Our Mum does not like them when they are grown up but we think they are very cute even when they are old. Andy likes them too which we are happy about. We also think the wildebeests are nice looking but not as nice as the hyenas. The place we stayed was lovely, it is called Elephant Pepper Camp and it has very good managers who also have a dog called Bahati and a baby called Seiya. It was lots of fun playing with Bahati and holding Seiya. We have never stayed in such big tents, they are very comfortable and do not have any bugs in them which we like. At dinner, we don’t know why but the moths fall into the candle holders. We have to save them all the time but they seem to come back again. Silly things!

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