Big cats galore in the Maasai Mara! Review of the 2015 ‘Big Cat safari’ with Jackson Looseya
Its hard to sum up a trip in one blog when it was one that filled by an abundance of great photographic moments and one that is better expressed through images rather than words. However, suffice to say our guests had a fabulous trip with some amazing sightings on the recent Wildlife Trails ‘Big Cat Safari’ in the Maasai Mara. Held between Feb 22nd-28th 2015. Joined by Sarah and special guest host, renowned guide and TV presenter Jackson Looseyia.
In just six days our group were witness to an abundance of ‘big cats’ and plenty of other plains game. By the end of the safari we had notched up an incredible 5 different leopards, 12 cheetah, (including two sets of cubs), more lions than you can throw a stick at (including the famed ‘Notch Coalition’ and the ‘Marsh Pride’) a serval, mating hyena and even a wild cat! Plus the list is joined by many elephants, hippo, giraffe and other plains game.
Whilst the game was abundant it was also a pleasure to be in the Mara at a time with so few tourists. We were fortunate to have had so many sightings with no other vehicles present. It may be considered low season in the Mara but noone told the cats that!
The grass was very low, and in some areas parched as a result of the failed rains in December. Interestingly this year the Mara saw an abnormally high amount of plains game in comparison to what would ordinarily be seen at this time of year. Largely as a result of many wildebeest remaining in the Mara to calf. Huge herds of topi could be seen around the base of Rhino ridge, with large herds of buffalo seen on a number of occasions. In addition we had several good elephant sightings, including a number of breeding herds with their young.
Jackson was on top form as always as our special guest, spreading his time between the two game vehicles at our disposal. His friendly and warm personality a perfect compliment to his vast knowledge and passion for the Mara and its inhabitants. It was great to see everyone leave the safari with such great images, memories and positive feedback.
We are delighted to announce that Sarah will be hosting a repeat of this popular tour in February 2016 and joined by Jackson. CLICK HERE for a link to this tour and other photographic safaris in the Maasai Mara, including special offers of no single supplements on our October 2015 photographic safari.
Here are just a few shots taken during the tour and more to feature soon in our gallery.