Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara landscape

Wow!  I love the Maasai Mara.  The views and animals here are amazing! We left Lake Naivasha and drove quite a few hours on some fun African massage roads (so bumpy I smacked my head on the side of the van). The very first thing we saw was a cheetah.

Masai Mara cheetah

This cheetah is escaping the hot, African sun under a shady tree. Our afternoon game drive was filled with buffalo, zebra, wildebeests, and our first lion sighting! (For those of you keeping score, we now have seen 3 of the Big 5- buffalo, elephant, lion; still need leopard and rhino).Masai Mara buffalo

Masai Mara Zebra line

We spotted a crazy looking zebra among the crowd who decided he didn’t like us taking pictures of him very much.

Masai Mara strange zebra

He showed us how powerful and male he was (warning: zebra porn!)

Masai Mara zebra porn

Don’t mess with the strangely striped zebra!

We were on the lookout for a lion most of the day when this lioness came meandering out of the bush. Masai Mara lion

She had just eaten a porcupine so her mouth was all crazy swollen from the prickly quills.  Her mouth really looks sore- maybe next time she will think twice about eating a porcupine.

Masai Mara swollen mouth Lion

Roar!

Masai Mara porcupine Lion

We saw hyenas scoping out leftovers for their next meal.

Masai Mara hyena

Masai Mara Hyena

The Maasai Mara was full of animals although most of what we saw were wildebeests.  For a few months every year the wildebeests migrate through the Maasai Mara on their way to the Serengeti.  Right now the Serengeti is very dry so they are eating/drinking here where it is more lush currently.

Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration

Tens of thousands of wildebeests everywhere.  The predators in the area like this because then it is easier for them to hunt.  This wildebeest was someone’s meal not too long ago.

AfricamasiMaraskeleton

The time around sunset was my favorite time to explore.  It made for some pretty background.

The obligatory picture of a solitary tree.  These pictures were really fun to take.

Masai Mara tree

Zebras everywhere!

AfricamasiMarazebraseverywhere

Male ostrich (right) and female ostrich (left):

AfricaMasiMaraostrich

Antelope and Topi at sunset:

AfricaMasiMarasunset

There is much more to come from the Maasai Mara so stay tuned.

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8 Responses

  1. Courtney says:

    Well that zebra porn is something I can never unsee. Thanks for that…

  2. Megan says:

    Inappropriate!!….as I viewed this post with Caden:) But it took me a long time to figure it out, was searching for a different variety of porn. He asked if you went to the zoo:)

  1. September 25, 2014

    […] There were so many animals that I don’t want to bore you too much with all the photos.  Our guide told us it gets better after we leave Aberdare National Park and head into the Masi Mara Reserve. […]

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