I guess there’s more to Kenya than the stereotypes. But I’ll hit you with one of those stereotypical images today. The Maasai Mara.For the non-African readers, I’d like to point out that even as an African, I didn’t see my first lion, or several of the other Big Five, until after my 21st birthday. So, no, lions don’t freely roam our streets, but I totally certain that y’all knew that already! Let me take the time to say “Thank you” to the most awesome aunt-and-uncle pair for allowing me to experience this magical weekend – magical for a city girl like me.
Day 1: This was my introduction to the Maasai Mara. Every bit of the evening game-drive was a photo opportunity waiting to happen.
Motorcades are not uncommon, particularly when the rarer of the Big Five is spotted. On this particular day, two cheetah siblings were spotted lazing around after a heavy meal of gazelle, word quickly spread around to the various tour guides by way of radio and each drove to the spot to bring their eager tourists.
Zebras are probably the easiest animals to encounter at the Mara. They were everywhere, in large herds and oblivious to the van loads of tourists driving past.
Elephant and cub crossing an all-weather road.
Elephant and cub grazing.
A pride of eleven-odd lionesses and cubs that we encountered on the morning of the second day. The golden light is sunrise. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world.
To close it all, a magnificent sunsets of the African Savannah. I realize this picture does everything to reinforce stereotypes of Africa – but this is only one side of it.
– Wendy –