Heritage Hotels Big Cat and Migration Updates

Predator Time In The Mara

by sales@heritagehotels.co.ke

9 October 2013

Weather moderate with clear skies
Clouds start building in the evening.

The rain has subsided. The land is green dotted with beautiful flowers of many colors which the olive baboons and leopard tortoises relish. 



The migration of wildebeest and zebras of Mara-Serengeti eco-system is waning. It’s the tail end facing Kokka and Nayema Lumbwa – the traditional migratory corridor.


The Mara plains are now dotted with plenty of plains game and their offspring. The predators have plenty of food and are training their cubs in the art of hunting.


The best time to enjoy predators’ sightings and action is NOW. They really have to work to get their prey, now that the wildebeest are nearly all gone and that the grass is so low and green. The contrast of colors makes them conspicuous.
The lion prides are scattered.
The Ridge pride has suffered a great deal because their male sub-adult cubs have left the pride. The males who took over the Ridge pride are not serious for they cannot fight off the Marsh males whom they share the pride with.

Paradise pride is having the same problem with the stronger Marsh males.
The Marsh pride with its four musketeers, the Olkiombo pride and Olkeju Ronkai pride with Notch and his sons are the strong prides.   

Leopards’ sightings are good with Bahati and Saba around Mara Intrepids and Mara Explorer camp. Bahati is in charge west of Mara Intrepids Camp. Saba’s hold is between Mara Explorer and Mara Intrepids Camp where her mother left her when she was killed by her competitors.





A good numbers of cheetahs that we see this time are solitary, apart from Narasha and her two cubs. Amani’s three cubs are still hunting together.

Heritage Hotels (Kenya) manages two luxury camps in the Masai Mara - Mara Explorer and Mara Intrepids - in the confluence of the four game viewing areas of the Masai Mara. The camps are on the banks of the Talek River, with most tents spread along the banks.  Report and pictures by John Parmasau. ©Heritage Hotels Ltd, Kenya. http://www.heritage-eastafrica.com/


Olive, The Queen Is No More

by sales@heritagehotels.co.ke

9 October 2013

Weather: Cloudy, rain with sporadic bursts of sunshine and generally warm during the day.



Some of the river crossings, luggas and swampy areas are unmanageable with two wheel drive vehicles. Only 4x4 vehicles can cross them.

Everything is green with wild flowers in bloom. The plains animals like the topi, Thomson gazelle and warthogs and the predators like lions, hyenas and leopards are beginning to give birth. This is because the plains game has enough rich grass for females to produce milk for the young. For the predators there is enough prey to sustain the families.

The wildebeest and zebras are back from the west of Mara River after exhausting the ‘Mara Triangle’ plain along Oloololo escarpment’ following the rain and the rejuvenated grassland. They are on the eastern side, from Topi Plain to the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Posse Plain is holding a big concentration where the migrating animals are not in a hurry to cross the border.


For three consecutive days, the animals crossed to the east of Mara River where the river is high, making it hard for the animals to get to safe exit points. Many have been washed downstream and trapped in cliffs and steep walls while others have been caught in stampedes created by wildebeest and zebra toppling over each other.

The crocodiles are relaxed and attack at leisure or wait for those who have been overpowered by the strong river current.


Predator sighting is great around Olkiombo by Mara Intrepids Camp. 
The Olkeju Ronkai pride and Olkiombo pride are the highlight of lion sighting in the Mara because of the young cubs. Notch and his bully boys are there to protect their offspring and territory. The rest of the prides are scattered.








Olive sadly was found dead three hundred meters from the river bridge at Mara Intrepids Camp with deep bites on the back of her head. We don’t know if this resulted from a fight with a lion bite or another intruding leopard. Bahati and Saba will be our future stars around Mara Intrepids Camp.
Pic courtesy Paul Kirui ©

Lerai is with her three-month-old cub who is very calm and friendly.  

Lorien is in the south along Olkeju Ronkai. To the west of the pump house is the female with her two cubs aged four months.



Olive. Video courtesy Gurgeet Chana


Solitary cheetahs are common at the moment except Narasha (or Alama) who has not separated from her cubs.

Heritage Hotels (Kenya) manages two luxury camps in the Masai Mara - Mara Explorer and Mara Intrepids - in the confluence of the four game viewing areas of the Masai Mara. The camps are on the banks of the Talek River, with most tents spread along the banks.  Report by John Parmsau. Pictures by John Parmasau & Paul Kirui. Video by Gurgeet Chana.  ©Heritage Hotels Ltd, Kenya. http://www.heritage-eastafrica.com/