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31 July, 2017

July in the Masai Mara

The migration has arrived in the Masai Mara and there have been big herds massing on the banks of the Mara River and dramatic crossings with hungry crocodiles in the water and lions patrolling the river banks. Guest on the balloon have also had nail biting sightings of zebra crossing the Mara River and big herds of elephants on the plains. We have had great lion, leopard and cheetah sightings with many cubs amongst the big cats.

29 June, 2017

June in the Masai Mara

June has seen the arrival of the first of the herds from the big annual Wildebeest migration into the southern reaches of the Masai Mara. Our guests have seen the first glimpses of them on full day game drives. The River Crossings have begun and we expect the big herds to begin to arrive in our area from mid July. Lovely herds of elephant are out on the plains feeding and there are cubs in all the lion prides. We have had fabulous cheetah sightings including 8 different cheetah seen on one game drive.

30 May, 2017

May in the Masai Mara

May has been a relatively dry month here in the Mara, we have received some rain but not as much as we normally do at this time of year. The large resident herds of zebra remained on the plains around our camps until about mid month, we have seen lovely herds of elephant feeding in the Marsh and out on the grasslands and have had good sightings of the six male lions, female leopard Saba and we got one of our first glimpses of female cheetah Musiara's new tiny cubs.

4 May, 2017

April in the Masai Mara

The rains have come this month bringing hope and raising the levels of the Mara River only to subside again later. There has been plenty going on, huge herds of resident zebra arrived on the plains. Marsh Pride lioness Yaya sustained an injury and had to be treated by the wildlife vets, the six males were hunting, very close to Governors Camp, There was elephant drama at Little Governors Camp as a big herd of 48 eles moved into the camp to feed only for a youngster to get stuck in the Marsh, he was released by the older eles after much panic. And we had great leopard sightings including the female on Olare Orok having to share her kill with a pack of hungry hyenas!

31 March, 2017

March in the Masai Mara

Rain arrived in the Mara this month instantly greening up the grasslands and filling up the Marsh and waterways. Elephant families moved out into the grasslands to feed, passing through the woodlands around our camps on their way. The topi began to rut and there were yet more cubs for the Marsh Pride of lions. The six young contender lions got a nasty shock as they were intimidated off a meal by two new intruder lions and we had great leopard and cheetah sightings.

27 February, 2017

February in the Masai Mara

Much needed rain finally arrived in the Mara greening up the plains and filling the waterways. Families of elephant moved through the forests around our camps feasting on fallen warburgia fruit. The Loita wildebeest and zebra criss-crossed the plains and the Mara River, running the gauntlet of hungry crocodiles and lions lying in ambush and there are cubs in every lion pride on the plains around our camps.

1 February, 2017

Why we love February in the Masai Mara 2

February is marked by cool mornings, hot days and a few scattered rain showers. The grasses on the savannah begin to dry out and herds of elephant with some small calves in the family units are drawn in to the forests around our camps to feed. One February we were incredibly privileged to witness the birth of a baby elephant in Little Governors Camp. Zebras and wildebeest from the Loita plains begin to arrive in the Masai Mara. Big cat sightings remain good and the birding is excellent with European migrants still around and resident birds nesting and raising their chicks.

30 January, 2017

January in the Masai Mara

Whilst January has been an overall very dry month in the Mara we did see the arrival of the big resident herds of wildebeest and zebra with large herds crossing the Mara River at regular intervals. The Warburgia trees are still fruiting, drawing the elephants into the woodlands around our camps to feed. There was a dramatic rescue of a baby elephant this month and the little ele is now under the care of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The lions are going from strength to strength with new cubs for the Marsh, Madomo and Paradise Prides, 8 dominant males between the prides and six new male interlopers waiting in the wings.

5 January, 2017

Why we love January in the Masai Mara 1

January is the peak of summer in the Masai Mara. Sporadic rain brings on growth of the savannah grasses, butterflies flit through the forest and fruiting trees in the riverine woodlands draw in parrots and elephants into the camps. Lion, leopard and cheetah begin to move further apart in search of prey. There is wonderful birding with the European migratory birds in residence.

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