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  1. Was this on December 24 or 25? I was there as well! The female had killed the warthog and then Blackie and Lipstick rushed in to steal the kill.
  2. They were at the Double Cross Area in the main Reserve yesterday.
  3. I just returned from Olare Motorogi - staying at the Kempinski. We even went to help create the fire breaks on Monday evening. The fire apparently started from Okupelia Lodge kitchens and spread rapidly because of the tall dry grass and the extreme winds. Everyone in the conservancy got together - rangers, camp staff, research staff etc... - and worked fantastically over a 24 hour period to contain it.
  4. Just on the Mara Cheetah topic - Malaika has just brought her cubs out. 3 of them about 6 weeks old. Another cheetah, possibly Miale, gave birth to 4 cubs who are not more than 7 days old near sand River. Three females have also been seen mating in the last 4 weeks (Rani, Kisiri, and one other) so good times on the way for Mara Cheetahs.
  5. Don't forget to factor in the exclusion of the Conservancy Fee of $100 pppn.
  6. I think that as a lot of people have mentioned there is a natural ebb and flow of populations based on lion / hyena populations, prey availability etc... What is noticeable compared to before is that there are certain areas which seem to be cheetah hotspots. Strangely enough the presence of cows seems to help cheetahs. It keeps the lions away, keeps the grass short which attracts the gazelles etc... This includes the Fig Tree Murram Area, the southern part of OMC, Double Cross, Tipilikwani Area etc... Jut my personal observations - nothing scientific.
  7. @@CaroleE - this is undoubtably Rani / Musiara, who in my mind the most beautiful cheetah I have ever seen. She has since moved into OMC and then the reserve. Gald you saw her.
  8. @@madaboutcheetah I spoke to some of the guides about the dead cheetah. I was in the Mara on Tuesday but had gone into the reserve to look for Rani / Musiara. I had seen Nabiki in the OMC the previous few days and she was not looking well at all - thin and very frisky. Nabiki has a radio collar which I doubt the hyenas would be able to eat so it would probably be easy to know if it was her. Regardless of who it was is is very sad - but it was a natural death so the laws of nature push out the weakest genes.
  9. Just returned from 6 fabulous days in the Mara - full of cheetah sightings of course. Let me clear up some of the confusion. Malaika - Has cubs which are now 9 days old, somewhere in the reserve (I know where the den is but it is better not to put it on the internet). I spent a whole day with Malaika but out of common sense did not try and get too close to the den. Amani - Has two cubs who are probably 3 months old and is in Mara North Conservancy. She rarely ventures anywhere else these days. Imani - Still has her three cubs and they are doing very well. We saw them last Thursday at the Intrepids 9km sign and last I heard yesterday they were nearly at Lookout. Rani / Musiara - Still has her three cubs. We saw them most days either in Olare Motorogi or near the Intrepids 9km sign. Cubs and mum are in very good health. Martin the Olololoo Male - We saw him in Olare Motorogi near Albizia Crossing. He is also doing well since he lost his brother. Nabiki - This is a collared female originaly from Naboisho. We saw her outside Mara Plains camp. She has had issues with Mange but seems to be doing OK. She's not the prettiest cheetah! Malaika cubs - The two, a male and a female, split from Malaika about 3-4 weeks ago. Although we didn't see them, they were seen in the OMC before we got to the Mara. They are beautiful cheetahs! Napiki - This is a new cheetah for me, she is a female with an 8 month old cub. Originally from Ol Kinyei, we saw her up the escarpment towards the OMC airstrip. Of course there are lots more cheetahs whom we didn't see but in my view cheetah sightings in the Mara have never been better. Both Kisiri and Miale (females) were observed mating in the last two weeks so hopefully even more cubs are on their way. I also spent a day with the much maligned Cheetah Forever. These guys had been out from 6 AM to 7PM for seven consecutive days to find Malaika's den and they finally did. Their sole aim was to prevent cars and guides from disturbing the den site and to make sure Malaika had ample room to hunt. This should hopefully give her the best, and most natural method, of raising her cubs. They work in cramped conditions in a small Suzuki Maruti and have an unbelievable passion for their job. To all their haters - before you judge them consider all of the facts.
  10. @@penolva - my favorite is maji ya ndege campsite. so isolated and smack bang in the middle of prime game viewing area. You will love it. Yes I have my own camping gear. If you're flying into Nairobi I'm sure there are companies here that you can rent camping gear from.
  11. Amani has two cubs - they were born up on Moniko Hill in OMC but she has now moved to MNC for the meantime.
  12. I tend to agree with Bettel's views - in terms of where the animals are at any particular point in time is usually down to pure luck! For example, I went to OMC in February 2016 and saw 65 lions in 2 nights (including a pride of 40 eating an elephant). I was there in OMC last weekend for 2 nights and saw 6 lions. I go to the Mara 8 times a year on average for the last 10 years and have noticed a lot of changes in that time. What I would emphasise is that 99% of the time it is the quality of the guide that will determined your experience. I hate the Mara during migration season but even then with some good planning (and a good guide if required), game viewing in the reserve can be amazing and without crowds. I would suggest that if you are going for 6 or more nights to split your time between reserve and a conservancy to get the best of both. If you are more adventurous, find a campsite in the triangle along the Mara River - they are absolutely stunning! My personal favourite conservancies are OMC (density of cats, variety of terrain, and quality of guides) and increasingly Naboisho (lions and lack of other vehicles).
  13. I'm with MAC on this one - you are the only person I know who thinks LWC is overpriced for what it offers. However this is all about opinion so will respect your opinion.
  14. I just love how some people who live in the first world think that they know all about the issues we in our 'third-world' countries face. For a lot of people in Kenya, this is about putting food on the table, feeding their families and educating their children. @@Antee - if you have such a problem with the Mara and it's cheetah projects and the way it runs itself, just don't visit the Mara. As you have rightly said there are plenty of better run parks in the world. Take your tourist dollars to those locations!!!
  15. I think this thread is becoming more of an attack on personalities and less about constructive discussion!! Whilst I fully agree that the Mara has a lot of problems, from over-crowding of camps, unregulated guides, corruption etc... I think the issues are a lot more complicated than we make them out to be. As a third generation Kenyan, I am personally proud of how Kenya has stuck to its heritage on preservation of wildlife. We were the first to ban hunting in Africa, and despite all of the pressures on land-use, our national parks and reserves still exist and in some cases are thriving (e.g. Meru, Laikipia). We still have many, many issues and yes they are frustrating - but we also have many people who sacrifice everything for wildlife. I am sometimes saddened that people who have never been to the Mara and don't understand it's complicated dynamics can feel justified in making the comments they do. I have personally met the Cheetah Forever team on the ground many times. They comprise of two Maasai employees and a ranger employed by the County and they are funded out of France (I think). The two employees earn KSH 20,000 per month (thats 200 USD) and are in the field 7 days a week from 6 AM to 7 PM. I have personally seen them on numerous occassions preventing a cheetah (with or without cubs) being harrassed by ignorant drivers and guides. You can question the aims of the Project by all means, and I am in full agreement with you that they should not intervene in natural situations, but in my opinion IT IS SAD when you attack these people on the ground for carrying out a role that they are employed to do. These guys have a real passion for their job and I personally commend them for their dedication. This is my two cents - if you are offended by it then tough!!!

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