Maasai Mara Diary – Day 1

Maasai Mara Diary – Day 1

Finally we have arrived in The Maasai Mara in Kenya where I am guiding a small group. This wildlife haven is one of my personal favourites and I am really looking forward to show the guest what this amazing place has to offer. After a short flight (30 mins) from Nairobi were met by the Maasai guides/drivers on the airstrip for a short drive to our camp. This will basically be our first game drive. Short but incredibly sweet 🙂 We managed to see all the usual subjects such as zebra, topi, thomson’s gazelle, impala antelope, wildebeest etc, we were also privileged to spot a lone elephant bull with an itch. Scratching away against a tree we caught some interesting shots.

Arriving at the camp we had a short briefing and a welcome drink before settling in to our Hemingway-style tents all equipped with toilets and showers together with a comfortable bed end electricity. We rested for an hour or so and then it was time for lunch. At this camp the food is always amazing. Every day we have a packed breakfast enjoyed in the wild, 3-course lunch and 3-course dinner.

After lunch it was time for our first proper game drive which yielded some very good results. Immediately we had to race to a reasonably sized wildebeest crossing over the Mara river. This spectacle is something that has to be witnessed to be understood. hundreds and sometimes thousands or tens of thousands of wildebeest trying to cross the river at a few narrow passages. Chaos is the word best describing this. Sometimes we have hungry crocodiles waiting for a meal in the river.

Once the crossing was over we carried on and the highlight came in good light later in the evening. We found the remaining sons of the famous male lion Notch. There are 2 of them left and they still rule a large part of The Mara. It was a joy seeing them. With them were a female and a cub.
Back to camp at dusk to enjoy dinner.

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