The Maasai Mara – Day 2


On my second day I joined a different group in a van for an early morning game drive, and a full day at the park.

First, we drove past this sign in the village that made me laugh – who wants to stay at a hotel/butchery?

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Then, almost as soon as we entered the park, we saw a really large group of giraffes – I think I counted 16 but there may have been more. I’ve literally never seen that many giraffes in one place before! I’ve already uploaded a short video of them here.

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A Thompson’s gazelle (a “Tommie” as they are known) in the early morning, having a graze. They are quite small, and distinctive because of the black stripe on their side.

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A Topi – they have sloped backs which makes them slightly easier to tell apart from the hartebeasts

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Some more lions chilling in the morning by a stream

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Me showing off my “windswept” look in the van

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For those of you who are interested, here’s what the van I was in looked like (not this exact one), but there are a lot of very similar pop-top vans so you can stand up and get a better look at things

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More early morning lions wandering the savannah

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You can tell they are still quite young as they still have the spotty markings on their legs, which cubs have.

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Another big family of ellies

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And an ostrich!

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There’s a lion off in the distance here lying on the rocks across the valley

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And then they were off, following a large herd of zebra…

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This massive herd of zebra who freaked out when the lions appeared and raced off to the other side of the valley – I have a video of that too if you want to watch it happening.

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And some more Eland

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And yet more lions in the grass here – they were literally everywhere!

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And some more lionesses and cubs – look at the markings on the fur of this young one! These ones had just hunted and eaten, so were all super-full and lazy under the bushes

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Meanwhile the vultures had descended looking for scraps and lion leftovers…

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Another vulture circling above

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And then an enormous stork arrived too – who knew storks also eat carrion?

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A lovely red and blue lizard basking on a rock

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And then we found another leopard! So lucky to see two of those. This one was also sleeping through the heat of the day under a bush.

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And here’s a vulture in a tree

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Another spotted hyena cooling off in a large puddle

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Few more gnus

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And a vulture and a stork

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Then we found a cheetah! Very exciting!

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And then we headed back to the Mara river – here are some zebra

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And another large family of hippos

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And a large crocodile

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Then we found a mama lioness and her cubs having some cuddles

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So cute hiding in the bushes!

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And we watched the mama breastfeeding two cubs – a little one and a much bigger one

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And then we spotted another hyena lazing at the side of the road on our way back to the camp

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And lastly, as we headed towards the gate and the exit at the end of a wonderfully long day, we saw some young male giraffes fighting – check out the video I posted to see it in action! I love how they lean up against each other trying to push each other over!

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And some impala on this riverbank

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And lastly a Dik-Dik – I think it’s the smallest of the antelope, this one is fully-grown and tiny and cute!

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After a packed second day, we headed over to the Maasai Village, which I’ll write about separately.

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