Wildlife in the Maasai Mara- Part 2
Our hotel (tent camp) was called Fig Tree Camp and had a moat around it to help keep out the animals. At all times there were Maasai men on watch, looking out for predators. While I guess it made me feel better, it was still kind of thrilling and scary.
View from our tent “front door”:
For $400 you could go on a balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. It is supposed to be fabulous but $400 was little much for my budget.
There were definitely crocodiles, hippos and more in the moat but it was too steep for them to climb up to our side.
(these crocs were not right in front of my tent- I would have freaked)
Day 2 of the Maasai Mara safari drive started and ended with cheetahs. This time there were 3!
It would have been so cool to see them run but they were just hanging out and digesting after a kill.
Smelly hippos were sunning themselves on the banks of the river.
Hippos resting their heads on one another:
On the game drive there were a few times when we got out of the safari van for picnic lunches, scenic pictures, and to pee behind the van. We always had to make sure there were no animals lurking in wait.
Me in my safari outfit- all those little black dots in the background are wildebeests. Note to all the ladies going on safari- a thick headband is essential to keep your hair off your face. When the safari van windows are open and top is up- it is very breezy.
Onto the Topi:
There are all kinds of antlered mammals in the Maasai Mara but they are skittish and move quickly so I don’t have a lot of pictures of them. Plus, there were so many other cool animals. These guys are called Topi and they let us get fairly close.
The most awesome lizard/chameleon ever: pink and purple!
The giraffes we saw were mostly right by our camp. Maybe they felt safer by the humans?
They liked to be right on the road.
So did the zebras!
Heading out of the Maasai Mara on our way to Lake Victoria we spotted yet another cheetah but this one was extra special. She had a baby cub hanging out of her mouth trying to move it to a safe place. There were two cubs with her but she only moved one at a time.
Next up is a small village on Lake Victoria in Tanzania.