Since the last time we updated the blog, we had to head back to Nairobi due to an unfortunate incident and also to sort out some business. We had left our vehicle and all our camera equipment here in the Mara so after 3 weeks we decided to fly back and pick everything up.
Due to the recent rains, the grass here is very high, making spotting cats very difficult. But on the positive side, it is the low season so you can spend as much time with the cat once you have spotted it. The South side of Talek near Burrungat plains is very green and beautiful at the moment due to the recent burning of the grass.
On our first game drive, we heard Malaika and Bawa were spotted near Chumvi Chumvi area, which is quite far from the area we saw her on the previous safari. They looked to be very healthy and well fed but due to the very high grass, it looked like she needed a better vantage point to scan the horizon for prey and that is when both her and Bawa jumped on our vehicle, where they spent over an hour just sleeping. The next morning we got reports that she had made a kill, but we did not head there as we were determined to look for the leopards, who have been very elusive this time around due to the length of the grass and inaccessible areas.
Notch and 3 of the boys were spotted around Talek river, just before Fig Tree Camp, but yet again we did not head up that way. According to recent reports, Amani and her 3 cubs have moved towards the Kenya-Tanzania border but cannot fully confirm this as we have not seen them yet.
Yesterday evening, we decided just to concentrate on finding the leopard and as luck would have it, Aashit spotted it just perched up on a termite mound. We were the only vehicle there and as light conditions were not great, we decided to stay there until last light so that we could get a few shots in the golden evening light.
We are still in the Mara for quite a few more days so we are hoping our luck continues with the big cats!