The Maasai Mara National Reserve is located about a six hour drive from Nairobi and borders Tanzania and connects the Mara to the Serengeti. It is over 1500 sq km and is the home of just about any African wildlife you would like to see and the home of the indigenous Maasai.
After a very long drive to get there we checked in and grabbed lunch. We only had about an hour or so after eating to get back to the safari vehicle to head out on our quest for the lion.
Not even 10 minutes into the drive we came across our first lions. Needless to say we were all in a scramble to get the cameras set and find a good spot to watch. The three we saw here were more mobile than most of the others we will see. I could have reached down and touched one of the females, she was so close. I still have both hands so no I didn’t try. Lol. But the thought did cross my mind. Big 5 #5….check.
So time was up and we were headed off to see what the next magnificent creatures we would encounter.
We stopped along a river bed and saw our one and only croc we would see. And barely got a pic of it’s head.
We also came across a large bloat of hippos. There were many more than captured in these pics.
This guy was just playing and decided to roll over. We heard that they never do this since it would expose their belly to attack.
Someone is in dire need of a good dental plan.
We also saw the third species of giraffe, the Maasai giraffe. They have much wider stripes and very dark patches. Someone likes to give the side eye.
A few more repeats from other drives and a new guy, the silver backed jackal.
We finished up around 6:30 and headed back to the camp for dinner. Tomorrow we are up at 4am for our hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast on the Mara.