After leaving my clients I took a few days to explore different areas of the Mara, places where I don’t normally go for different reasons. In particular I tried to trace the family of Leopards I had seen in late September, a mother with three babies which apparently are all still alive and grown up. The area is very close to the Tanzania border, at the moment it is very green, with tall grass and very few grazing animals. I caught up with a couple of Elephant bulls while searching, both in musth and looking for females. One was particularly threatening as he came very close to me while I was photographing him. I haven’t been able to find the Leopards yet. But I’ll keep on trying.
In the meantime, the Lions throughout the reserve are feeding on large herbivores. A Buffalo was taken down in the Marsh and a Hippo was killed nighttime near the Ol Kiombo airstrip, by the usual gang of five males. Today they were joined in the feast by a group of five Lionesses with three tiny cubs. They’ll most likely go ahead feeding on it for a few days. Both families of Cheetahs have gotten close to our core game viewing area, and are hunting regularly. I am finding photography a bit difficult due to the long and green grass which I don’t particularly like in pictures. But this is more than compensated by the beauty of the place, the majesty of the endless plains with grass waving to the wind and the blue skies above.0