March is a wonderful month in the Masai Mara, elephants are drawn in large number to the woodlands around camp, there are babies everywhere and the first of the annual migrations begin with around 300,000 zebra and wildebeest arriving on the plains.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
December has been warm and dry in the Mara. As Mara River levels drop the hippos move closer together in search of deeper pools and move further out each night in search of grass to graze. Families of elephant roam the grasslands and everywhere you look there are cubs amongst the lion prides. The mother ostrich hen has done a great job raising her young and leopard and cheetah sightings have been great.
December brings warm days with scattered rain showers, the grasses on the plains green and everywhere you look there are young and for the antelope the rutting season begins. With the wildebeest gone families of elephant return in numbers to the forests around our camps. Large clans of hyena roam the plains, there are cubs in the lion prides and the migratory birds are back from Europe, feeding nesting and breeding in the Marsh.
Whilst November is normally rainy season in the Masai Mara the rain arrived very late and was much less than we normally receive. The elephant families have all move out into the grasslands to feed and there are cubs everywhere amongst the lion prides. Many of the migrant birds have begun to arrive and we have had plenty of fabulous leopard and cheetah sightings.
November is traditionally Green Season in the Mara. The short seasonal rains arrive causing the savannah grasses to grow and wild flowers to bloom. The elephants get drawn back into the forests around our camps. There are new born animals everywhere on the plains from Impala to giraffe, warthogs to jackals. The Marsh Pride of lion has cubs and begin to change their diet as the wildebeest and zebra move south. Birding remains good with plenty of species to be seen.
Over the last month the Mara has received a little rain, greening up the plains in patches. The elephant families continue to cross the Mara River coming the Marsh to feed during the day and regularly passing through our camps. There are cubs for the Paradise Pride of lions, 5 playful little furballs who have kept many of our guests entertained this month. There was drama in the Marsh Pride as always, this time it was from lioness Charm who appeared to have abandoned her cub in favour of the new males only then for us to see bringing down a wildebeest and returning to the cub after many days.