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Masai Mara - September 2011


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



Hyaena family



Young hyaena



Banded mongoose



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 the wildebeest



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

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