Predator Time In The Mara

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







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.


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