The weather’s cool with clear mornings and sunny afternoons. The clouds build up late in the day with rain falling on the peripheries of the reserve.
Day time temperatures: 16ºc to 27ºc.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
The wildebeest and zebra are moving towards the main Paradise Crossing at Mara River. It’s west of Mara Intrepids Camp. From here the herds continue to the Mara Triangle where the salt licks are at the base of the Oloololo escarpment.
The Nile crocodiles are having a feast every day making kills even when they don’t need to. Along Olare Orok and Smelly River, the zebra and wildebeest are in plenty where there are also many salty licks around Olkiombo area where Mara Intrepids Camp is.
Cat sighting all around Mara Intrepids Camp are great. The predators are having a great time with plenty of prey all around. The best time for action is late in the evening and early in the morning. The rest of the day, it’s too hot for the cats and they retrieve into the bushes – which also helps to avoid being seen by the prey.
The prides are looking good and healthy with playful cubs.
The lionesses from the Olkeju-Ronkai pride have teamed up again with Notch’s three boys. The three females are mating at Olmisigiyio, south of Mara Intrepids Camp. The rest of the group is at Shonko Crossing.
The Olkiombo pride has split into two groups but live in the same territory. The larger one has twelve cubs and four lionesses. Notch is always with them. The great black-mane lion loves being with the cubs. They can be seen between Mara Intrepids Camp and Fig Tree.
The smaller group has six individuals – one cub and five lionesses roaming between Talek River and Olare Orok River.
The Ridge pride of 12 is still together with their sub-adult cubs, now aged two and half years. Their range covers the crossings along Talek River between Rekero and Mara Intrepids Camp.
The Paradise prides of 11 has three dark-manned lions who are still operating on both sides of the Mara River hunting zebras – one of their favorite prey.
The Marsh pride is also divided into two. One group made of nine has three lionesses, three cubs aged one year and three males. They are at Topi Plain. Two of the lionesses are mating. The other group of twenty six is at the marsh. Scarface, the male is with them.
There are good leopard sightings along Talek River and Shamarta and Mara River, west of Mara Intrepids Camp.
Olive and her offspring are seen between Mara Intrepids Camp, Olare Orok and Rekero Crossing.
Bahati and Saba are still at large.
Alama (Narasha) and her two sub-adult cubs are south of Mara Explorer.
Malaika is at Survey hills, south of Olkiombo.
Amani is north of Mara Intrepids Camp at Chuvi-Chuvi.
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 & Edwin Mirara ©Heritage Hotels Ltd, Kenya. http://www.heritage-eastafrica.com/