The Mara is now green with tall grass dominating the landscape. It is still very wet in most places an done has to drive around with a lot of caution. The unseasoned rain has changed teh way the Mara is traditionally around December. The gras would be short or just starting to grow tall from teh usual short rains. But this year everything changed. The ituation in teh Mara now is more like what youi would expect in May- June after the long rains.
Game veiwing is fair, but it is a challenge to see enough. Many animals, especially the resident herbivores, have converged into small herds in isolated pockets across the park. It is no suprise to drive for kilometres without seeing an animal, then suddenly you come across a herd.The lion prides are now very mobile since htere is little to eat. The Olkiombo pride is now buy Maji ya fisi, south of Talke bridge. The Ridge pride is now around Rekero and Naibor camp and the area just south of these places. Olkeju-Rongai pride shares the same hunting ground with them in these places. Notch and sons keeps moving back and forth between theses prides.
The marsh pride is still split up. Joy plus 5 cubs and 2 subadults are between Topi plains and Bila shaka. Teh 4 Musketeers are at the marsh and have now been joined by Bibi and white eye. The rest are still keeping away from them. Romeo an,d clawed ahve not been seen for a week. flooded streams/rivers have been preventing us from moving freely.
The skies in the afternoon have been characterized by heavy downpours
There are many more elephants in the park than in the past few months
Notch and sons has lately been moving between Olkeju Rongai, part of Olkiombo and Ridge pride
This is one of the leopards we have been seeing near the Mara river