28 March 2011
News From the Wild: Masai Mara, March
The Mara is hot and dry with spectacular views of the sunset and the sunrise. The mornings are clear while the evenings are cloudy. There’s a good variety of game on the plains especially northwest of the Mara Intrepid’s camp.
The Loita Plains to the east of the Mara are dry. The domestic migration of the wildebeest and the zebra that migrate to the east for the calving season are still in the reserve because the calving grounds are still dry.
Sequence of photos showing zebra giving birth. Pictures by John Parmasau.
The calf is already standing up just a few minutes after birth - Baby and Mama looking good and healthy!
Therefore there are many herds of wildebeest and zebra in the reserve. Some are crossing on the western part of Mara Intrepid’s Camp, which is 15 kilometres from the Paradise Crossing at Mara River. From here they go west to the Mara Triangle.
Big Cat Sighting
The lion prides are doing well even though they lost their cubs to intruding males. However no incidences has been recorded of late. The remaining cubs are doing well, growing fast and healthy.
Daddy's day with the kids..
The prides are still holding their territories with new males been reported roaming by especially around Topi and Double Crossing. These prides split from the Ridge pride.
The split of the Olkiombo pride – the 12 lions that one time moved to the Olare Orok Conservancy - has come back into the reserve occupying a section the Double Crossing. The Double Cross pride has moved down stream towards the junction of Olare- Orok and Intiakitiak River, with three lioness and six young cubs. The lionesses are with new males and trying to mate with them.
It will be interesting to see if the males will stay with the lioness of the Oolkeju Ronkai pride or if the lioness of Double Crossing will stay with Notch and his sons.
From the amount of earth disturbed, the lions didn't have it all their way killing this buffalo
Siesta time, everyone's had their fill
The Marsh pride is still at the marsh with their two males. The Paradise pride that crossed into the Mara Triangle has crossed to the east of the Mara River looking healthy with 12 individuals – that is four lionesses and eight cubs, aged between eight and 12 months. The Ridge pride of two lionesses with eight cubs aged four months are doing well, roaming between Mara River and Mara Intrepid Camp.
The three lionesses from the Ridge pride with 5 cubs of 18 months have been hunting hippos to the west of Mara Intrepid Camp.
The Olkiombo pride that followed the three males to Maji-ya-Fisi, has three lionesses with 12 cubs.
Olive is still with her two cubs, along Olare Orok and Talek River. The cubs are looking healthy and strong.
Kayoni and Paja have taken different directions. Paja is between Olare Orok and Rhino Ridge to the Topi plains. Kayoni is seen around Rekero and the Talek River.
Cheetah sightings are good around the Olkiombo plains. The three brothers are seen around Talek River and Rhino Ridge. Alama and her two male cubs are around Double Crossing and Mara Intrepids Camp.
Paul Kirui, Chief Safari Guide, Heritage Hotels Ltd and John Parmsau,Guide Mara Explorer. Pictures by John Parmasau