The lions outside camp were already eating when we left before sunrise & the hyenas were prowling around waiting to snatch a tasty morsel. We moved on, westwards and went to look in the den we had seen a few days ago – the lioness was in there with her 4 very young cubs suckling. A little further on was another lioness walking out with her two small playful cubs.
The ground was very slippery after last night’s rain – we seemed to be travelling sideways more than forward and it made going down & up the steep river banks when crossing particularly ‘exciting’. A couple of times the 4×4’s got stuck – once right next to the lion’s den so there was no getting out to attach tow ropes there!!! A push from behind by another vehicle & mud & exhaust fumes flying everywhere thankfully did the trick!
We stopped briefly to photograph a secretary bird in a tree against the colourful sunrise.
A little further on there was a pair of snoozing lions, the male (one of Notch’s sons) with a fresh cut on is right cheek. A bit further on was a pride of 10 lions tucking into their wildebeest kill with a jackal trying hard to steal a bit!
We stopped for breakfast out on the plain with termite colony & trailing ants to keep us busy with our cameras – large black ants about 2cm long busy carrying their larvae with them.
After breakfast we passed the pride again – not much left of their kill now. The vultures were tucking into the detached legs and the jackal scurried away with a bone – his long wait rewarded.
Back at camp we managed to have a walk down to the Mara river before lunch (accompanied by a Massai guy with his dagger & spear!) strange to see it empty after seeing & photographing the same spot 2 yrs ago with hundreds of wildebeest making their river crossing.
Our last evening drive started just as a thunderstorm was starting with torrential rain. First stop was giraffes followed by a family of elephants – got some dramatic shots of them waking towards the camera in the pouring rain.
The clouds parted enough to just reveal a glowing red sunset and the rain stopped as we photographed a long tailed starling and watched a few very sleepy lions with impatient hyenas prowling around.