There are two rainy seasons in the Mara. The short rains are usually between September and October. Which means it rains for a short period, around half an hour a day. The long rains are in April and May which is also mosquito season. We are here in September and they had rain for about two weeks just before we arrived. Each day the rain builds and we have bets each day to see who can predict if it will rain and if so, what time! Simon our guide obviously has local knowledge on his side and he wins every time!
This lion was eating a kill but his girlfriend was walking away. What to do: did he leave the food, take it with him or let her go? He tried to take it with him a few times but in the end decided to follow his mate. That's when the vultures move in aka the clean up crew.
|Ruppell's Griffon Vulcher|
Day of no crossing!
We had lunch brought down to us at the Mara River as everyone were sure the wildebeest would cross. Most of the Freeman cars were there. The wildebeest are extremely frustrating dumb animals. They all follow each other, head for the river and then turn around again, often with no apparent reason. Then again sometimes there is a very good reason, we saw a lion one day jump out of the bushes and run at them, but he was young and did not have very good hunting skills and only managed to scare them all off. We have waited on a number of occasions and each time end up giving up.
|Newborn gazelle calf|
The third species of giraffe are the Maasai Giraffe, each one has a distinct pattern unlike the others.