Clients of our, Reg and his daughter Loraine, recently returned from a trip to Kenya where they visit every year as they have fallen in love with the Mara. This year they took their friend Marina and went back to stay at Kicheche Mara camp. She must have been their lucky charm as they had some fantastic wildlife encounters.
He sent us this wonderful account of a leopard and hyena chilling together in the midday sun, as well as some fascinating lions ……
“We had a fantastic time! Every year we go we say that it can’t get better but we are proved wrong.
We saw something we have never seen before (and neither had any of the guides or camp hosts!). A leopard was having a rest under a tree relatively close to a hyena who was lying in a small hollow. They were aware of each others location. The hyena was getting a bit hot so got up and walked about 75m to rest under the shade of a bush. The leopard, some 10 minutes later, got up and started to walk in same direction. We thought that, as there is not much love lost between the two, the “muck was going to hit the fan”.
Incredibly, the leopard laid down next to the hyena (within a couple of feet). The hyena looked up and at the leopard then laid down again. The leopard looked at the hyena, groomed itself and just rested.
Lions up tress, whilst not unique, is still not your every day scene, especially when they are 15/20ft up the tree and looking very comfortable.
We left camp one morning to track a pride of lions. When we found them George (our guide) realised that they were heading back to camp so we followed. At about 9.30 after following them they went through the camp (three of them) between the tents (about 100 yards from ours) to carry on their journey to a previous nights kill over looking the camp.
Counting the days until the next adventure……… ”
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