In September 2011 we travelled to Kenya’s Masai Mara to witness the great migration.
There were certainly large herds of wildebeest, zebra and other antelopes but it
was the big cats that captured our hearts.
Our thanks to Brian at Freeman Safaris - his camp made an ideal and comfortable base
in the heart of the plains.
An eland gets a visit from a red-billed ox-pecker
The serval is like a domestic cat on stilts - very tall and thin
Rhino straight ahead !
Rhino on the run
Young marsh pride lion cub resting with mum
Black-backed jackal cubs playing
Leopard on the run
Sunset on the Mara plains
Cheetahs often sit on or near termite mounds for better views across the flat plains
A rare sighting of a nocturnal animal out in the middle of the day - an aardvark
An African wildcat relaxes by a termite mound in the late evening sunshine
This is no time for a dip - hippos frequent the river by the camp
Mum takes 3 young lion cubs for a walk
A couple of the cubs are playful
After the long walk the cubs are tired
A lioness starts to stalk
A male lion rests in the early dawn light, then starts a hackle-raising roar
During courtship a male lion bites a female’s tail - but it doesn’t seem to turn
her on !
3 cheetah brothers
The 3 brothers wander the plains
One of the cheetah brothers catches his breath before stalking lunch
The cheetah puts on a nonchalant “I’m not hungry” air and gets remarkably close to
Animals scatter as the cheetah brings down a wildebeest
A head-on approach ends in eye to eye contact
Wildebeest form big groups and have several false starts before crossing in earnest
Pandemonium breaks out as wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river
More wildebeest arrive, eager to make the crossing
A leopard walks purposefully among the rocks
A close encounter - a little disconcerting when you’re lying on the floor of a jeep
with no door !
Leopards are often sighted last thing in the evening