I had seldom seen the Ndutu region so lush and green, with vegetation so tall, as it was in March 2020. Finding cats in what would normally be short grass plains or open bush proved to be quite difficult.
A male Lion with a full belly briefly showed up among the bushes one early morning.
Birdlife was amazing. One of the most beautiful birds in East Africa, the Southern Red Bishop posed for us among yellow flowers.
A rare Violet-tipped Courser appeared as we searched for what scared a flock of Guineafowls.
In the late morning we came across a beautiful Lioness on a tree in the woodlands on the edge of the lake. She had a dead Wildebeest nearby. We followed her when she descended. Her belly announced the presence of cubs in nursing age. We didn’t see them that morning but it was amazing to see her climb another acacia at sunset.
As the darkness fell a small group fo Wildebeests wandered nearby and when she noticed a calf in the group she didn’t miss the chance.
Cheetahs were not as easy to see as usual here in Ndutu, most likely due to the very long grass out in the plains. We did find a mother with a cub one afternoon, a nice and unexpected encounter. It’s just amazing to venture out in the plains without knowing what you’ll find, and eventually be rewarded by such beauty.
Groups of Wildebeests were everywhere. Why not experiment with some slow shutter speeds and movement?
The last afternoon gifted us with the sighting of another magnificent Lioness posing on a tree and just around sunset, a male Lion emerged from the bushes. Bruised and battered, hardly able to walk. But Lions are fighters. A few days and he would be back on track.
The Lioness showed up again for us on our last morning here. This time she was indeed accompanied by her two cubs. What a joy to be alone as she walked across the woodlands followed by her cubs. Some gorgeous light definitely helped! On to the Serengeti next!