Where can I possibly start? The Mara Plains experience was absolutely fantastic!!! The folks from Great Plains truly got it right - a great blend of a flexible tented camp with a great game viewing ethos combined with a great service standard.... be it, the game drive vehicle, the quality of the guides, awesome food served in camp to every minute detail. Truly my best experience in the Mara so far!
Lorna and Richard make the camp what it is - IMHO they are the best camp managers I've ever had! They know what it takes to make things work ........ be it on game drive and what you want to do with your activities or the high service standards in camp. I had Daniel as my guide - a very enthusiastic young man with a great work ethic!!!
The game viewing - for being a cheetah fan I can hardly ask for anything more. I was very apprehensive having read about the sporadic cheetah viewing in the mara in recent times ...... There are plenty of cheetah all over the Mara and I literally had cheetah on every game drive.
Members of Shingo's family are putting on a show. Shingo with two daughters are killing gazelle at will. We had quite a few sightings of them. The other group of her cubs (4) are killing gazelle and impala fawn at will. I've read various blogs that they are all male. Wrong - it is actually one female and 3 males in the group that has split off ..... soon the female will branch off on her own. One of the kills were on one side of Moniko hill, with entire Moniko pride sleeping on the other side of the hill.
Also saw the remaining two of Honey's boys. They really are beasts.
Another female cheetah with a 9 month old cub.
Several other cheetah were spotted in the reserve; several female cheetah including one that jumps on vehicles - Did not venture there to view them due to the crowded situation there. Also a cheetah with young cubs in the Mara triangle right now from hearing reports on the safarilink flight back to Nairobi.
Lions all over the place.
The rains have begun in the Mara. Unfortunately, last few days the light for photography was quite flat - but, it is what it is and you take what you get.
We only ventured into the reserve on one or two days ...... the number of cars on that Narok side was quite hard to deal with. Luckily, the Olare Orok has plenty to offer. Including, vast herds from the little known Loita wing of the migration. Great transformation from the day i got in to the day i left .... herds all over the plains in front of camp.
Two prides of Lions in the OOC. Both with cubs of varying ages....... the Moniko Pride, with their heart of the territory being the famous Moniko hill. The other being Enkoyeni pride with younger cubs. We also saw the two pride males of Moniko one morning, one of whom is fondly called, "Hasselhof".
Saw a couple of Notch's boys in the reserve.
Overall, a remarkable trip -
Edited by madaboutcheetah, 04 March 2012 - 02:49 AM.