Masai Mara (2015)

The Maasai Mara is one of the best places in the world to see game. The Governor’s Camp is the best place to stay and was our home for the duration of this visit, as it had been for three other visits. My daughter and I stayed in a Plains tent, overlooking the Masai Mara.

There are no fences between the camp and the Masai Mara game reserve, so one night we were lucky enough to be woken up by the sound of a wild elephant that was so close to our tent that we could hear it breathing.

Later, the sound hippos squabbling in front of our tent started to lull us back to sleep. In the distance, we could hear lions roaring to mark their territory and keep in contact with the other members of their pride.

One our last full day, our guide took us to a tree where we found a mother leopard and her nearly fully grown cub were feeding on an impala. For nearly an hour, we were able to watch the two leopards eating, sleeping and playing.

Eventually, the mother climbed down and stretched out on the grass for a post-prandial nap, Her son remained in the tree, gnawing at the carcass. When he chewed through the neck bones, the impala's head came off and fell out of the tree, narrowly missing the his mother. Had the head landed horns-first on the mother, it would have injured her. She was furious and leapt back up into the tree to berate her son. The look on his face showed that he knew that he had made a big mistake.

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