Masaai Mara – A Brief Glimpse
The Maasai Mara in Kenya, an extension of the Serengeti of Tanzania, is what remains of the famous African Savannah. Its a land we have repeatedly visited. It is addictive!
Over the years we have seen the Mara in her many moods. We have been privileged to see joyous births and pained at sightings of tragic deaths. We have been lucky to watch families of lions, leopards and cheetah over multiple generations. And we live in happy mis-belief that they do recognize us!
On this visit, around Christmas 2019, we had some wonderfully close encounters with the inhabitants of the Mara. Here, we share some of the memories we have brought away with us. We hope it will enthuse you to learn more about this beautiful land, try and do your bit to prevent its destruction and visit if you can!
Unless the whole world cooperates and works to a solution, a decade from now we would have lost many hundreds of species to extinction and the rest would be on the brink. As it is, all the iconic animals are critically endangered. While these get some public attention there are numerous smaller beings that are not even known to most of us. And while these are sombre thoughts, for now, please join us on our safari!
The vastness of this land comes into sharp focus the very first time we see the lone acacia tree in the midst of rolling grasslands. The sense of being alone is immense. What is hard to believe is that this sensation hits us between the eyes on every single trip we make.
During this visit we were blessed to meet some of the rarer creatures – species we had never seen before.
This conservancy, Olare Motorogi, is a haven for all animals, but most especially, the big cats.
The cape buffalo is one of Africa’s Big 5. The Maasai who cheerfully face the lion or the leopard when on foot, will do their utmost to avoid the buffalo. This animal is known to be unpredictable, mean and aggressive. It attacks without any apparent reason. Indeed, even the lions are known to run away from a herd of charging buffalo. But it has one very special friend – the red-billed oxpecker. This little bird helps to clean the ticks off his host and is seemingly not at all afraid of him!
Another animal that was also hungry was this cheetah! She had two cubs to feed and by all reports had not eaten in 2 days. After following her for many kilometers, we were fortunate to see her chase and capture this impala.
The even more fortunate impala managed to escape as the cheetah had not got a firm grip!
The cheetah decided that she needed to look further afield for her lunch. She crossed this raging river with her two tiny cubs while we all held our breaths hoping they would not get swept away. But cats land on their feet! Even if those feet get a bit wet!
The land has its own curious wonders … rocks with perfectly round holes. This land is made up of ancient volcanic deposits. Geologists speculate that these holes are caused by air bubbles bursting through molten lava.
P.s. We use Gamewatchers Safaris for our safaris in Kenya! Disclaimer : We are not receiving any commission for sharing this information! We are just very happy clients!