Heritage Hotels Big Cat and Migration Updates


by sales@heritagehotels.co.ke

11 December 2014


It’s raining in the north at Aitong hills and east of the Mara at Loita hills. The rivers are in full spate. The only crossing along Talek River is over Talek Bridge which is 18 kilometers east of Mara Intrepids Camp. We are able to access the southern side by crossing the Mara Intrepid Camp foot bridge.  


19c morning  

28c at midday  

20c after sunset  


The Loita resident wildebeest and zebras are still migrating, giving us great sightings of the river crossings as well as sustaining our resident super predators.  

However since the rains are falling in the north and east in their favorite calving grounds, the herds are moving faster with numerous crossings along the Mara River and Olare Orok.



Serval cats and Caracals are seen looking for prey.  




There is what we call a ‘political land dispute’ between sub prides. Some lionesses branched off with their cubs from the main pride after giving birth at different periods to avoid competition while feeding. However they still operate within the same territory but avoid other sub prides even after the cubs are old enough to team up with the rest of the group.   One theory is that it’s dangerous for the cubs because they have a different odor. Prides bond by rubbing or hugging each other, maintaining the same smell.   These sub prides become vulnerable to nomadic males lions that are moving around looking for prides to take over. When they find lionesses, it’s easy for them to mate with them without having to fight other males off. Male lions roar all night across the plains advertising their presence.   Blacky and Lipstick are finding it difficult to operate in the Ridge territory as the sole owners. With their five sub prides, the two male lions boast the largest pride with twenty two individuals made up of fifteen cubs and seven lionesses.These sub-prides are as follow:   A family of seven: two lionesses and five sub-adult cubs (four male cubs and one female cub who are about to go free).   A family of eight: three lionesses and five sub-adult cubs (three male cubs and two females who are Nyota (the mother of Moja) and a young female. These two females have a male with them in the same territory where Blacky and Lipstick are.   All these prides are trying to assert their ownership of the Ridge territory.  

Paradise Pride

This pride operates on both sides of Mara River. East of the river at Paradise Plains, the two lionesses that did not cross to the Mara Triangle have five cubs aged five months. They are being taken care of by the four musketeers from the Marsh pride.  

Double Cross Pride

The Double-Cross pride has moved towards Olkiombo, running away from Oloolpapit and Barnoti who are in control of the territory while Mohican and Romeo2 are not around. One lioness from Double Cross pride is flirting with Oloolpapit and Barnoti.  

Olkiombo Pride

One of the lionesses from Olkiombo pride is mating with Notch’s grandson east of Mara Explorer Camp, two kilometers away from the camp.



Bahati has move to Mara Explorer Camp forest from west of Mara Intrepids Camp.



Malaika has lost one of her five cubs. She remains with two males and two females. She is residing eastof Mara Explorer Camp.


Report and pictures by John Parmasau – Head Safari Guide, Mara Intrepids and Mara Explorer Camps.
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