Into The Mara

Masai Mara Game Reserve Travel Blog

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This morning we will head for the incredible setting of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, without doubt one of Africa’s dazzling jewels and Kenya’s finest wildlife park. Situated at the northern end of the Serengeti National Park, there is almost every species of animal native to East Africa here and during our game drive in the area this afternoon we may well find some of the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino), as well as the herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle that roam in large numbers across the grasslands. We enter at the Sekenani Gate and head for our campsite located near the exit at Talek Gate, situated close to the river.

After setting up the tents we had out on our first game drive of the trip.

As it's still hot in the early afternoon the first game we come across is a group of 4 Cheetahs. Well known to our drivers,they are an alliance of imature male brothers. Polishing up their hunting skills as a team before heading out into the world as individuals.

Our guide explains that because of the number of visitors and some unscrupulous tour operarors crowding the animals,some of the predators are changing their hunting strategies and are noe also hunting during the heat of the day when most of the tourists are taking cover from the heat.

We also see some unusual Giraffe behavior on our way back to camp.We see two animals mating and assume that they are male and female. Not so says are driver peering through his binoculars.Both are male! We learn that dominant Bulls use their greater size and strength to sexually intimidate smaller males so they stay away from the females to leave the field clear for the big boys.

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Masai Mara Game Reserve
photo by: Apurva_N