Samburu National Reserve is famous for its stunning landscape and spectacular wildlife that include the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – and the Samburu ‘Big 5’ – Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk.
On the early morning game drive before breakfast, we encountered this leopard that put a smile on everyone’s face – and all you could hear was a continuous click of cameras.
The big cats are active in the morning and we continued with the game drive when we saw a lioness three kilometers from where the leopard was. The lioness was trying to hunt and was stealthily following warthogs. Unfortunately for her, the warthogs were alerted by a go-away-bird and they made good their escape. The lioness decided to rest under a thick salty bush.
It was now very hot and time to head back to the lodge for breakfast. This elephant family was also feeling the heat walking to the Ewaso Nyiro River to cool down, drink and have a splash. Elephants have a very sensitive skin and to protect it from sunburn they regularly mud themselves.
By James Ntopai – Samburu Intrepids Camp Naturalist