Wildlife in the Maasai Mara- Part 2

Maasai Mara Tree

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”:

Maasai Mara hot air balloons

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)

Maasai Mara crocodiles

Day 2 of the Maasai Mara safari drive started and ended with cheetahs.  This time there were 3!

Maasai Mara cheetahs Cheetahs in the Maasai Mara

It would have been so cool to see them run but they were just hanging out and digesting after a kill.

Wildlife Maasai Mara cheetahs

Smelly hippos were sunning themselves on the banks of the river.

Wildlife Maasai Mara hippos

Hippos resting their heads on one another:

Wildlife Maasai Mara hippos swimming

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.

Me in the Maasai Mara

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.

Wildlife Maasai Mara TopiWildlife Maasai Mara Topi grazing

The most awesome lizard/chameleon ever:  pink and purple!

Colorful Lizard Wildlife Maasai Mara

Elephant butts:

Wildlife Maasai Mara Elephants

The giraffes we saw were mostly right by our camp.  Maybe they felt safer by the humans?

Wildlife Maasai Mara giraffes

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They liked to be right on the road.

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So did the zebras!

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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.

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Next up is a small village on Lake Victoria in Tanzania.

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