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The Masai Mara Reserve is legendary for its abundance of wildlife. Big Cat and Big Five country all year round, it's also the stage for the biggest show on earth - the Great Migration. The below graphs summarises the wildlife sightings over a monthly period.

From around July to October, millions of grunting wildebeest and zebra blanket the plains, often crossing the Mara River and moving between Tanzania and Kenya. The rich ecosystem attracts a stunning variety of bird and animal life. Take a game drive and follow antelope, bat-eared foxes, and crop-eared caracal. Find hidden spots where rhino and elephant roam. Search for that pride of lions on the hunt for prey. Spot birds from the 300 species that the Mara is famous for.


sightings - february 2014

The migration has moved on which means the lions and other predators in the area are having to roam further for food and yet our guests were able to see lions almost every day of the month. At this stage the lions prefer hunting smaller animals like warthogs. Our guides have also spotted lots of new born young ones, like lions cubs, thomson gazelles, elephants and resident wildebeest's calves. We've also been lucky enough to see plenty of rhino's, cheetah, buffalo and hyena.

 


Sightings - January 2014


sightings - December 2013

December was an unusual and great month for sightings as the migration returned to the Mara in the first two weeks of December.  Guests were lucky enough to a few river crossings and not even during "normal" migration season. The rest of the game viewing over the same period was unparalleled with lions, rhino, buffalo and elephant  spotted every day of the month.

 


sightings - november 2013

The Masai Mara is still offering incredible game viewing even though the migration has moved further south. Sightings of lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, hyena and cheetah's are regular. There also still plenty of plains game like zebra and impala around. The resident hippo's in the river right in front of the camp provide day long entertainment and back ground music as guests enjoy a scrumptious meal or drink from the main deck area.


sightings - october 2013

By October, the main herds of both migratory wildebeest and zebra were located in the watershed area of the Masai Mara. Though a significant portion of the herds were located throughout the Southern Mara and Northern Serengeti ecosystem. There are also still plenty of predators in the area including lion, cheetah and hyena's. It seems like the area is going through a dry spell and with less palatable grass parts, there are lots of territorial disputes even with antelope families which are a rare sighting.

 


Sightings - September 2013

The migration is in full swing with thousands of wildebeest and zebra's crossing the Mara River on a daily basis. As usual the crocodiles are never too far as they wait to catch an easy meal.  Even if the wildebeest and zebra's manage to get to the other side of the river safely they still face plenty of predators like lion, leopard and cheetah's. The more than 470 species of birds in the Mara ensure our guests have  enjoyed some great bird sightings including vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested Eagles, African pygmy-falcons and the lilac-breasted roller, which is the national bird of Kenya.


Sightings - August 2013

This month has seen phenomenal game viewing. The migration is still in the area, which means predators including lion and cheetah are around and looking for an opportunity of the next meal. To the delight of our guests our expert guides spotted lions, buffalo, elephant and hyena every single day this month! Other highlights include: a lioness up a tree with a baby buffalo kill, a Cheetah mother with 6 new born cubs, the wildebeests crossing the Mara river for almost six hours straight, rhino's mating and guests spotting wildebeest crossing the river right next to the camp's dining area - all while having a delicious breakfast.