madaboutcheetah

Cheetah week at Mara Plains; Loita Migration; Fabulous tented camp and lots lots more

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Nice to know you saw lots of thriving cheetahs and got photos. Thanks, Hari.

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Oh wow!!! I would have gone to the Mnc just to say hello to the kwando guides ..... I have met Tom, but, Lucas is probably someone new. I hope they had a good experience in the Mara.

 

I didn't know the crowds at MNC was comparable or worse than the reserve ....... That's a shocker to me ...... Saw that Amani Mara camp from a sighting of lions ...... Not cool!!!!!

 

Thanks, Lynn. Will have more pics when I get home tomorrow evening.

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I know as a fact that "tiny" Thomas (based at Kwara) is one of the guides who as recently as mid january went to MM in the a.m. exchange program - Thomas is the one who looks quite a bit like Shaquile O'Neal

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I know as a fact that "tiny" Thomas (based at Kwara) is one of the guides who as recently as mid january went to MM in the a.m. exchange program - Thomas is the one who looks quite a bit like Shaquile O'Neal

 

That's him ...... Remember him very well from lagoon 2010

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Yes, "tiny" Tom was the other guide doing the exchange- he was my guide at Lagoon in 2010 and he was at Kwara in December.

 

It was a bit bizarre to see the Kwando logo in the Mara I have to say. It seems like a good exchange program they have going- it's good for the guides to see how things are done elsewhere. I had some interesting chats with the Karen Blixen guides at Kwara about the differences between guiding in the Mara and in Botswana.

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I know as a fact that "tiny" Thomas (based at Kwara) is one of the guides who as recently as mid january went to MM in the a.m. exchange program - Thomas is the one who looks quite a bit like Shaquile O'Neal

 

That's him ...... Remember him very well from lagoon 2010

 

Imagine Hobbs in the Mara. It would be quite an experience!!

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I know as a fact that "tiny" Thomas (based at Kwara) is one of the guides who as recently as mid january went to MM in the a.m. exchange program - Thomas is the one who looks quite a bit like Shaquile O'Neal

 

That's him ...... Remember him very well from lagoon 2010

 

Imagine Hobbs in the Mara. It would be quite an experience!!

 

 

Ya, that would be exceptionally easy for him to find predators ..... He will definitely go out of his way to find the dogs Where ever they might be. He also might think it's the easiest place to hunt with the dogs should they pop up!

Edited by madaboutcheetah

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Yes, "tiny" Tom was the other guide doing the exchange- he was my guide at Lagoon in 2010 and he was at Kwara in December.

 

It was a bit bizarre to see the Kwando logo in the Mara I have to say. It seems like a good exchange program they have going- it's good for the guides to see how things are done elsewhere. I had some interesting chats with the Karen Blixen guides at Kwara about the differences between guiding in the Mara and in Botswana.

 

 

I took my cap and the kwando sweat shirt ...... Mara guiding is way too easy? Guidess even use cell phones as a tracking mechanism.

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Cheetah mum with approx 9 month old. Not sure if readers remember this lady, she was saved by KWS sometime last year when she had a broken foot/leg ...... no, this not Narasha who had the gash and treated. Another female cheetah from the reserve.

 

Hari, I was with Narasha last September when she had a bum rear leg. It looked like a sprain, and after 4 days of unsuccessful hunts KWS was called in to assist. They cleared the 3 vehicles that were at a sighting with her and told us to go away. We returned after a little while and apparently they had shot and delivered an adult thomson gazelle nearby for her to dine on. I am here now with Russell at MPC and we haven't seen Narasha yet, and the guides tell me that they haven't seen her in a while.

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Thanks for stopping by, Andy ....... I'm sure you are having great sightings as I type this ......... Ya, heard from Russell the other day and seems to be having an awesome time. Hello to everyone there at Mara Plains Camp!!!

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Are those all from this trip?

 

Edit: Sorry, just saw the Meerkat! Obviously not...

Edited by pault

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Sorry - assorted images. Paul, the meerkat was from the trip with Ewan.

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Hari, stupid me, but I hadn't realized what a very talented photographer you were until I saw all the 500px shots! I had seen some of your pics on the Kwando website and then some in your reports, but this collection is superb.

 

Talk of intimidated, I am now thoroughly intimidated by the photography talents I see here and have lost all desire to post my point & shoot stuff...

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You are much too kind, Sangeeta .........

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Hey MAC

 

I read the report but only just got round to looking at the pics. Not sure if these 2 are from this trip but they are quite unique!

 

I was looking at this pic and the leopard is positively grinning - perhaps in a way only a leopard can.

 

http://500px.com/photo/6044436

 

I was then thinking what great luck and timing to get that shot and its very rare when I see this one:

 

http://500px.com/photo/5958133

 

The cheetah is having a jolly old laugh. Heard of laughing hyaena but chuckling cheetah!?! :lol:

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Thanks a lot, Super Leeds - not from this Mara trip ............ older pics from Kwando Lebala from August 2010. The Leopard was feeding on Serval. The cheetah brothers were feeding on Tsessebe and fighting over that huge carcass (grin amidst the feeding and fighting) that they could not possibly finish!!!

Hari

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The Leopard was feeding on Serval.

 

 

Ouch! Quite a peculiar and unique sighting...

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What an amazing collection of images!!!

The leopard with a Serval kill is amazing!l

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What an amazing collection of images!!!

The leopard with a Serval kill is amazing!l

 

 

Thanks a lot!!!

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Posted (edited)

Haha, nice one, MAC. Goes well with the other 2.

Edited by Super LEEDS

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Just saw some news from the facebook feed of Great Plains Conservation yesterday - plans are in the wings to open a second camp in the Mara "Mara Toto" ........ let's await further details ........... Thumbs Up!!!

 

Also, an explorations camp in the Selinda too ........

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I'm fairly sure the Mara doesn't need another camp - can't they buy out someone already there?

 

However, if it is opening up a new area to conservation (a la Naboisho), you can have my thumbs too. :P

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