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December 2009

Dinner time for Duma

Having left Notch and Co with full stomachs last night it was not a huge surprise to find them this morning in the same spot. Vultures were feeding on a new carcass so evidently they had sourced more food during the night. Despite their fullness Notch and one of his sons were still managing to fit in some 'feline love'!...

Slipping and sliding in the Masai Mara!

Following torrential rains yesterday afternoon, lasting long into the night we awoke to a wet and cloudy Masai Mara. The evening was filled with lion roars from all around and first light revealed the Notch family in all its glory. First we came across one of the darker sons, mating frequently with a lioness. As the cloud lifted the light...

Notch…the black mane lion king returns

This evenings drive was a very special one, Since 2005 Andy and I have followed the trials and tribulations of 'Notch' and as a result have become very attached to this handsome chap! After spending some time in the last two days looking for him we have today been rewarded with our first sighting on this particular trip. Looking as...

Fun and frolics with a Topi carcass

At first light we found that two lionesses had caught a Topi, just 500m from our camp, sometime early in the morning. 8 cute little cubs had a great time while they explored their first taste of meat. But at this age its no substitute for a visit to the 'milk bar' which soon opened after the cubs exhausted themselves...

Happy to be back in the bush

Our first update from the Masai Mara comes whilst we are sitting by our campfire, listening to the sounds of the bush and smelling our steak dinner cooking. The African sky, as always, seems endless and alight with the most amazing concentration of stars. With just a scrub hare for company and the sound of lions roaring very nearby we...