sek07

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  1. i have followed them on instagram for a while now since considering a trip a few years back. I learned about it from Alex Walker at Serian camps as the camp manager at Serian in Mara North (Rosh Perret who is awesome) is related to the owners of Mugie Camp. I think its her parents or aunt/uncle. The owners are native Kenyans who live there with their two kids and dog. Its also a working cattle ranch They are known, like many camps up north in Kenya, for offering a ton of activities that might not be available in say the Mara. Obviously golf is an odd one but they do walking and also you can kayak in their dam where elephants and other wildlife will be nearby in the water etc.. I think the cultural interactions are also known to be more authentic as you can visit real samburu weekly markets etc.. I think its known as a real family friendly place with a personal feel due to being owner/operated. Obviously the drought and politics caused lots of problems in the region last year, so i hope this coming year is better for everyone affected and that this offbeat move is a positive one for them! The offbeat website mentions the perrets so seems like they are still there
  2. @cheetah80 I was just in Kusini and Kakessio this past February going thru Ndutu on the way from one to the other (just finished my trip report). The migration had already moved further south so we saw it in Kakessio but as addressed above there were tons of cheetah in all 3 areas and the mom's with cubs were near Ndutu. We saw a hunt/kill in Kusini. There was a drought this year near Kusini/Ndutu in February and rains further south so the bulk of the gnus had moved on but obviously this will vary slightly year to year. Have a great time!
  3. We finally returned to camp and packed our bags and had a final lunch. We said our goodbyes to the staff in camp, Alex, and the other guests we had befriended. Is there anything worse than leaving camp on the last day of safari? We were headed home with incredible memories, made some new friendships and renewed and strengthened others. Promises were made to return, or to meet in other far off exotic places. And like that we were off headed north towards the Ndutu airport and towards what looked like dark thunder clouds and claps of thunder not too far away from us. The first part of the drive was dry but eventually we were surrounded on many sides by rain clouds. We eventually hit where it had started raining and the black cotton soil was terrible so we slowed down considerably. We saw a vehicle stopped and they were watching two cheetah, likely the pair we had seen a few times in the vernal area. (really more cheetah?) Then masha got an excited call on the radio. we were very afraid it was a call saying our plane was late or cancelled due to weather and started to stress about our connections. Instead it was someone reporting a sighting. We were not far from the airport at this point and were due to take off in a 1/2 hour. At this point what hadn't we seen right? We expected Masha to continue on but instead he turned and said.... Wild dog have been sighted, a pack of three that are the only ones left in the area and they aren't often seen. Do we try? Ummmm, i guess we can miss our plane and three connections back to new york for WILD DOG in tanzania. And like that we were off, driving 100mph (ok maybe not but it felt it) in the direction he was told. On the way we passed a male lion without barely slowing down We were the first to get to the dogs, one of which is collared. We could see dust flying from a few directions as cars on the radio heard about the rare sighting. Are you kidding me at this point? We could only spend a few minutes before we had to race back to the airport but it was so worth it. expert driving Masha if you read this. We were a couple minutes late for the plane (sorry we were those people) but i think wild dog is a worthy late pass Oh and on the way from the dogs to the airport i saw two cheetah running and i am 90% sure they made a successful kill but we were driving so fast there is no way for me to be sure. Absolutely surreal. And so our LONG journey home began, and our epic tanzania journey came to an end. Thank you masha and felix and the whole Serian team. just unbelievable, and thank you guys for the nice comments and indulging me on reliving our trip.
  4. We searched valiantly for the male father who apparently is impressive but could not locate him. He was probably asleep deep in the bushes right near where we were looking. We decided to go have some breakfast and saw one of the most impressive journeys of giraffe imaginable. Look at all of the eland and zebra mixed in wouldn't be a tanzania trip report without one lilac breasted roller Journey don't stop, believing
  5. Sometimes guides get on a mission- Masha knew there were lions somewhere in the area. And he wanted to show them to us before we left. We headed in the direction of the Maswa reserve, which until recent years had been a hunting concession and i believe now houses several upscale lodges in the Legendary brand. They look super nice (see ATR website). We passed tens of thousands of wildebeest on our way, including the calving above and passed many more giving birth. We covered a lot of territory but it is just so enjoyable seeing what the next turn will bring. The area we were searching was a bit more wooded and general game a little less dense. Eventually, however, as is the case almost always with Masha, he found us lions. This pride of four was a mother with 3 approximately 1.5 year old cubs
  6. We woke up on our last day on safari ready to make the most of the few hours we had left. Some people choose to sleep in on the last day with a long day of travel ahead. We view it as our last chance to get our moneys worth and to make the most of what we came all this way to see. We set off as the sun was just starting to shine light on the day. Some maribou storks on a kill, we couldnt find the culprit Another honey badger!? our third of the trip Another of many wildebeest births. Didn't bother counting how many Success
  7. Return to camp for sundowners, and another epic one Tonight would be our final night in camp and while we were obviously super sad our safari was coming to an end it had been so outrageously amazing that it was hard to be sad. there was also a new family in camp that we met at sundowners and it was a family from california on their first safari. We hit it off with the young couple and their first safari drive had been from the airport to camp that day. We asked if they would like to join us on a night drive and made sure it was ok with the guides (of course!) and we were off. I decided not to even bother with the camera tonight to just take it all in and enjoy it and really experience it. It was so neat being with people seeing so many things for the first time. It was an absolutely gorgeous night and we saw: white tailed mongoose, a honey badger (had to explain this was not a common sighting to them), a baby giraffe, multiple bush babies including one very close to the vehicle, an african wild cat, several spring hares. In addition, we had the most incredible view of the milky way tonight, along with a lightening storm way off on the horizon. We could even see satellites arcing across the sky it was so clear.
  8. First steps After this finally a picture of an eland where it wasn't running for dear life away from us. For whatever reason this one stood still while the herd took off Note the herd taking off below the remains of probably a cheetah kill For the vulture lovers out there
  9. The day had turned into a hot beautiful day, and we left our amazing sighting to go have some brunch close by. On the way back to camp we were still in a state of shock/excitement and we found a brand new wildebeest taking its first step. Have I said this is a staggering area at this time of year? Still wet and taking its first steps Encouragement from mom And the whole herd We then found these two cheetah on the way home which Masha determined were the mother/son we had seen on the way down from ndutu. Then ANOTHER wildebeest birth Truly amazing cycle of life
  10. @Kitsafari its hard to argue for another cat above the caracal i agree. i have a new view on getting lost! @optig i think you are due given how much time you have put in on safari. I will be very pleased to hear when it happens for you, but also get the sense you are not a list checker and your safari resume is among the more impressive i think i have seen @wilddog i agree and this was probably more 'comfortable' than true fly camping but it was a start and anything that encourages M to want to do it in the future is great for me!
  11. Thanks for the ID @offshorebirder. i agree an apt name A few more shots of the feline beauty what a beauty, the blue eyes, the smirk and the ears A look back from where we came you can see the fog we were in earlier
  12. Scroll ahead if you don't want to see a lot of Caracal pics.
  13. She seemed to get comfortable with our presence and we followed her at a comfortable distance as she went on the prowl for something to hunt. We were the only vehicle probably for 30-60 mins in any direction. And we found her by getting lost. Amazing
  14. Those of you who have made it this far maybe remember me saying there are two things we always joke about at the beginning of the trip with our guide when he asks what we would like to see. The first, a pangolin which Masha delivered. The second... Caracal And i'll be honest i really never thought i'd see one of these two things, let alone two on the same trip. But there it was about 30 yards from the vehicle tucked at the base of some shrubs. i asked masha not to move so i could get at least one photo in case it bolted and we never saw it again. how masha saw it i'll never know. we were moving at a pretty good clip and it looked like the myriad rocks you see as you are driving from our distance. But there it was, and honestly our hearts skipped a beat. a little shy at first The scene
  15. We slept like the dead after another full, amazing day. It had apparently rained all night which would keep the wildebeests happy. It was very cold and drizzly when we left for our AM drive, so we bundled up with blankets and the rain ponchos provided. Masha decided we would go north in the direction of ndutu and to the east of the road to try to find some lions that sometimes hang out in the area. Almost right off the bat after reaching the plains we came across 3 male cheetah brothers, about 5 years old and fairly big. Two of them were very skittish and kept running from us so we left them to their own. We continued on to Raptor Ridge to take in the view and then continued on north in the rain, but after a while the rain stopped and a THICK fog rolled in. It was difficult to see more than 50 yards in any direction and it felt a lot like Scotland- cold, wet and foggy. This picture of an eland running away from us captures the weather We were definitely a bit lost- we drove for quite a while and didn't see much game and were off the main road. I think Masha lined us up in the right direction and just drove until we would run into something we recognized or the fog would eventually burn off. After an hour or so the fog burned off, we got our bearings and continued our drive. As we were driving along Masha suddenly stopped the vehicle and pointed. I thought it was another small antelope... but he repeated, and i asked him to repeat again cara....

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