After nearly two years in Kenya, we finally went out to the Maasai Mara. We decided that it would be the prefect long weekend trip for J.’s birthday. We were not disappointed.
We stayed at the Mara Siria camp (review to come soon) just outside the national reserve. The part of the Mara that we saw was the Mara Triangle, it’s about one third of the entire Maasai Mara National Reserve. The area bordered by the Mara River, the Oldoinyio Escarpment (where our camp was located), and the border with Tanzania (which doesn’t matter to animals because they don’t need passports) where it becomes Serengeti National Park.
This part of the Mara is less crowded and is said to have has more animals. We certainly saw a ton of animals. We saw the big five: rhino (black rhino in our case), lions, leopard, buffalo, and elephants. We also saw the symbol of the mara, the Topi (a kind of deer)—that was a first for me. Highlights include a very full leopard snoozing away, lion cubs, lions mating, and the Great Migration.
What’s the Great Migration? I’ll saw that for a future post. In the meantime, here are some photos from our safari. Video will be posted soon too.