This is my all time favorite place on the face of this earth-the Maasai Mara. The Mara is essentially the northern tip of the Serengeti plains and gets its name from the Maasai tribe of Kenya. I'm pretty sure I could retire here and be completely content.
We were really lucky to come across a group of cheetahs (who were not in a very good mood, might I add). My guess is that they are all siblings, because I don't think they generally live in groups otherwise. The picture seems really close right? A lot of the animals in the Mara are used to cars being around, so that allows us to get pretty close!
This was probably my favorite moment on safari because we got to witness a pride of lionesses hunting for zebra. As gruesome as it is, 1) it's the circle of life (gotta love the lion king) and 2) you could spend months on safari and not get to witness this so the fact that it happened on the first ride out is unbelievable. The grass is blurry because we were literally driving alongside the lioness as she was running after the zebra. It was need to see them working as a team and using our cars as cover so that they could sneak up on their prey.
And the result of the hunt ended in this:
And the adults were soon to be joined by the cubs.
Later we came across a herd of elephants (this was only a few of them) and as happy as I was to see them, I don't think they reciprocated my excitement... ;)
There is nothing like a sunset in the Mara, I miss those.
And on the way back, we came across this interesting cargo...who knew you could strap live goats down to the top of your car to transport it?
Okay...so technically this place isn't the Maasai Mara, but I thought it was appropriate to add it to the bunch :)