The beginning of October saw a large percentage of the migration still up in the Mara region, with the rest of the migration having moved south across the Mara River to begin their trek on to the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. Guests were treated to some large crossings which is always a spectacle to behold. By this time of the year the resident crocodiles have extremely full stomachs so not as many kills were witnessed as these normally take place earlier in the year.
October is also the start of the “short rains” for this area, so the landscape changes drastically as the month wears on. It’s wonderful to see the change from dull browns to splendid greens as the rain rejuvenates all.
Here’s our wildlife roundup for the month:
Leopards: During the month we had various sightings of leopards around the camp due to good number of topis calving in the area and the migration. We called it, “The Leopard Festive Season”!
Elephants: You couldn’t go a day without seeing these giants as they were spread out across the entire region, with herds as big as 100 being seen. The herds were spending a great deal of time along the Mara River, the attraction being the big acacia forests that line the edge of the river.
Cheetahs: Sightings of these sleek cats were plentiful throughout the month, and the majority of these were made up by the two resident brothers that have made this area home for the last two years. They spend a great deal of time in the Mara Triangle where big herds of Thompson’s gazelle can be found.
One group of guests were lucky enough to witness a female cheetah killing a young gazelle. The chase took place across 200 metres with the speed of the cheetah being too much for the young antelope.
Lions: Sightings of lions is almost a daily occurrence in the Mara – there are several prides that guests are able to see. One pride’s territory falls within the area of Lamai camp. There are some magnificent boulders in this area and some guests were fortunate enough to see the lions spread out on top of these outcrops enjoying the radiant heat that the rocks produce.
We have started seeing two young males which have been forced from their pride by the dominant males and are beginning to make their own way in the area. Almost every night around the camp you could hear these two males roar which is a truly remarkable sound to listen to.