THE MASAI MARA – IN PICTURES

THE MASAI MARA – IN PICTURES

By CHANTAL COOKE

The Masai Mara is one of the most amazing places on earth to go on safari – and if you stay on a Conservancy just outside the park you’ll also be contributing to the conservation of the wildlife and the livelihoods of local people. It’s a great system that is bringing benefits all round, and is loved by the local people.

These pictures tell the story of a trip taken in September 2013 to the Masai Mara, where I stayed at Porini Lion Camp on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

We hope these pictures inspire you to visit – just remember to offset your flight and be a responsible traveller; taking only photos, and leaving only footprints.

 

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Arriving at the Masai Mara on a small plane from Nairobi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At Olkiombo Airstrip – love the sign with the horns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking the truck to Porini Lion Camp where we will be staying for a few days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First wildlife sighting – the water buffalo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yellow Billed Stork.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crocodiles lazing in the sun at the river side – in case some food comes by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting ready to ford the river – it’s been raining hard, so it’ll be deep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hippos looking very content and relaxed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A lioness on the hunt for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Success! Lunch is served.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A herd of wildebeest pass us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They are odd looking animals – but so beautiful in their own way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Masai shepherd tends his flock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arriving at the Conservancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My bedroom for the next few nights at Porini Lion Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lunch al fresco at Porini Lion camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And it was vegetarian and delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our lunchtime view. Just so pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And the baboons are watching us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An evening safari and we have the opportunity to watch this leopard for nearly 40 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hey good looking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And we celebrate with our wonderful guides – sundowner with a G&T, Mara style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time for bed. African luxury.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A lioness at sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hyena hoping to get some scraps when the lions have finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lions enjoying breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A tower of giraffes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lilac breasted roller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Secretary Bird.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grey Headed Kingfisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Shall we cross here? What do you think?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marabou Stork deep in conversation with a Lappet Face Vulture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A leopard’s kill stashed in a tree – saving food for later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After heavy rain the river is overflowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topi lining up to cross the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warthog – kneeling to reach lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And warthog babies! How cute is that!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A family of zebras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A lone giraffe on the horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hippos having a good wallow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picnic lunch under a thorn tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yummy – looks delicious (and it was). And they catered excellently for my vegetarian diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming to say hello.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A cheetah soaking up the afternoon sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the prowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wildebeest taking a stroll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fording the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tawny eagle.

 

 

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A Tawny Eagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lappet Face Vulture.

 

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Martial Eagle surveying the land from the top of a tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cute little lion cub watched over by mum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cooked breakfast on the Mara.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying my last breakfast before we head to the airstrip. It’s been an amazing trip.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last wildlife sighting – Masai Ostrich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waving goodbye to the Masai Mara – after a fantastic trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information see:

Kenya Tourism

Porini Lion Camp

 

Chantal Cooke is an award winning journalist and broadcaster with a passion for the planet. In 2002 she co-founded the award winning radio station PASSION for the PLANET and in 2009 Chantal was awarded London Leader in Sustainability status. Chantal also runs a successful communications agency – Panpathic Communications.

 

 

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