After spending two nights at Lake Nakuru we headed for the next stop on our African Wildlife Safari, the Masai Mara National Reserve. This Kenyan National Reserve is located in south-western Kenya and covers about 950 square miles. Effectively it is the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This reserve, also spelled Maasai Mara, is named for the Maasai people and the Mara River which divides the area. The ecosystem is open grassland with areas containing clumps of the distinctive acacia tree.
We arrived at the Mara Simba Lodge by mid-morning. After a great luncheon buffet and short nap, we were off on our afternoon game drive. During the two days we spent on the Masai Mara we photographed lions mating at 15′, cheetahs hunting, and thousands of other mammals, birds and reptiles. In fact wildlife viewing is excellent year round on the Masai Mara including Cape buffalo, elephant, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe and big cats are in abundance. We photographed four of Africa’s “Big Five” rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, and lion Leopard was the only Big Five I didn’t photograph on the reserve. The rivers are home to large numbers of hippos and crocodiles. Also calling the reserve home are 452 species of birds including 53 raptors.
Please note that the Black rhino is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000 on the Masai Mara. I think myself extremely lucky and privileged to get this photograph of the Black Rhino above. Not much of a photo as photos go, but I got to see and photograph Black rhinos on my African Wildlife Safari!
This lodge was also surrounded by an electric fence like many others. One evening during dinner I watched a huge crocodile try to enter the compound only to receive a shocking experience when he got to the fence. He got the message and returned to the river.
I truly hated to leave the Masai Mara, but other places awaited so we headed for our next stop in Kenya was Amboseli National Park.
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