Masai Mara national park – 9th November 2018

Alarm call at 5.30 am and coffee delivered to our room ready for a 6am Safari so that we would be out and about for sun rise at 6.25. The temperature really dropped last night and it was a bit chilly when we woke. The noises in the night didn’t help us get a good night’s sleep and some of the screeching and bellowing sounded like it was right outside our tent, including the hippos!

We met Samson and the couple sharing our vehicle (Steven and Debbie) at 6am and spent the next 6 hours driving around animal spotting.

Wildebeest migration

It was pretty chilly to start with but by about 9.30am, it was warm enough to remove my light jacket and by midday when we got back it was very warm!

Secretary bird

A different pride of lions

Some of the highlights this morning included impala fighting, a large pride of lions, vultures and hyenas picking over a carcass and the breakfast that we had in the open air halfway through the morning!

Topi

In order of appearance:

  • Thomson’s gazelle
  • Leopard faced vulture
  • Wart hog
  • Wildebeest
  • Hyena
  • Marino stalks
  • Topi
  • Tawny eagle
  • Impala
  • Secretary bird
  • Pride of 12 lions
  • Oribi
  • Masai ostrich
  • Egyptian goose and chicks
  • Buffalo
  • Impala fighting
  • Wooded vulture
  • Masai Giraffe with baby less than a week old
  • Baboons
  • Zebra
  • Eland
  • Leopard
  • Elephants
  • Hippo
  • Crocodile
  • Superb starling

After a long morning animal spotting we arrived back at about midday. We spent the next few hours relaxing, eating lunch and reviewing our haul of pictures.

Catching 40 winks!

We met Samson again at 3.30pm for the afternoon game drive. As usual he asked us what we wanted to see and we all agreed that a cheetah would be good! We drove South towards the border with Tanzania and the heavens opened and we had to zip the roof and sides to the land rover on!

After about 30 minutes driving we arrived at an area known as the lookout. Here you could see zebra and wildebeest as far as the eye can see. There must have been tens of thousands of wildebeest all taking part in the migration between Kenya and Tanzania. These animals are the stragglers as the main migration has already happened. Despite this the numbers were huge.

Sampson spent some time searching for a cheetah and soon enough he found one along with 3 cubs!

We began the journey back and saw some other animals en route. We stopped for a picture en route and to help another vehicle change a tyre!

By the time we arrived back at camp at 6.40pm it was dark.

Hippos

Bat eared fox

A quick shower and we followed the now usual routine of a the of the photos with a beer and then tea, before a reasonably early night as we’re up again at 5.30am for a final, and bonus, game drive before catching the flight back to Nairobi.

This place is another that leaves you a hot water bottle warming your bed after you return from food!

Afternoon spots…

  • Ostriches
  • Cheetah (and 3 cubs)
  • Dik Dik
  • Water buck
  • Bar eared fox
  • Serval cat

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