Masai Mara and the Big 5
Masai Mara Game Reserve Travel Blog› entry 55 of 68 › view all entries
December 5th, 2009 – by: ronin2k
I came to Africa for safari and now for the next week, its all about safari and seeing as much wildlife as I can possibly see. For the past two days, after we left Loita Hills, we’ve been on game drive through the Masai Mara game reserve. Here the reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the “Big 5”, the lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo and the black rhino. These animals are known as the “Big 5” because in the days of the poacher, these were the 5 hardest animals to kill!
Remember when you were a kid and how excited you were when you’re parents took you to the zoo? Well being on safari is just like that, you’re a kid again. On our bus we had a group ranging from about 24 to 65, but from the amount of giddiness you felt on that bus you would think we were all 6 years old! One person would yell out lion! And everyone would freak out and turn that that side of the bus! Giraffes!! Then everyone would scream and turn to the other side of the bus! Lol I have to say, its awesome to have that feeling of giddiness, of awe and wonder that you once had as a kid.
The most happiness seemed to be when we saw animals mating!! That first day we were lucky enough to encounter two mating lions! From a distance we saw a group of white vans and jeeps, so we hauled ass and pulled up beside all the other safari vehicles. Now when we roll in, we don’t come quietly, we’re all on this huge overland vehicle that makes a lot of noise, so you would think the animals would run away?! Nope, those two lions, a huge male and a young female, just sat their, in the middle of the road looking at everyone. For about 10 minutes they sat there, and then they got up, moved about 10 metres away from the crowd and then mated twice for about 30 seconds!! LOL Now its pretty funny to see animals mating, what’s more funny is when you hear your Masai tour leader in the background whispering “do it, do it”! lol What’s even more funny is seeing the reaction of the female lion after mating, while the male just sat there in all his glory, the female was literally on her back, with her paws up in the air looking like she just, for lack of a better phrase, got it real good! Lol Priceless.
After they sat around for another 5 minutes, they got up and started to move towards our truck! Now, the truck has huge windows, but the door has as a really deep window that I tend to stay at to get the best shots. Well those two lions came about 2 metres from the open window, I was scared sh-tless! I had to pull back a bit, if the lioness really wanted to it could have jumped into the truck and killed us all! Our tour leader told us of a story of how in a similar vehicle a leopard jumped in and killed 6 people! Thank goodness nothing happen, since all those lions wanted to do was get busy! Haha. Anyways, as quick as they passed our door, they were gone off into the savannah. Our guide, Julius, mentioned that when lions mate, they mate over 2-3 days, about 5 times a hour! Wow talk about getting busy!
The next day on the game drive was just as exciting.
So far this second day has been the best day for game viewing! That breakdown turned out to be the best thing, because before we broke down we weren’t seeing many of the “big name” animals that morning, but soon after we ran into a herd of elephants in the bush, another LARGE herd of about 60-70 elephants, and to top it all off, we were able to pull up right beside a large female lion.
Tomorrow we get some new group members and head into Tanzania!
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