This morning we headed out into the Musiara Marsh area in search of the local pride of lions. We were not to be disappointed, we saw Scarface with 2 females, walking into a thicket. Just a quick opportunity to see them before the laid down out of sight. As we drove on we sighted a lone cheetah walking across the open plain. With Thomson's gazelle all around, it was quite a comical scene; as while the cheetah was walking, a jackal was nipping at its tail and the cheetah appeared to be ignoring the gazelle. Whilst driving we saw many different birds, elephants, and then a huge black rhino. We waited in silence as the magnificent rhino walked towards us, apparently not aware of our presence. We backed away as it got close and watched it walk into the distance.
The afternoon game drive again headed out over the plains, we came across the male lion Hunter – one of the Musketeers, sleeping on a rocky area, hyenas searching for anything to scavenge, and buffalo cooling themselves in a mud bath. On our drive back to camp, as the sun was starting to set, we saw three lioness on a mound. We approached them, and as we sat close by, one of the lioness got up and started to stalk towards an impala approx. 100m away. The second lioness followed her, and we watched while they stalked through the grass, trying to surprise the impala. They were spotted, and although an explosive chase took place, the impala was gone. No dinner this time! As we headed back to camp, we drove along the tree line, and there in the half light, we came across the beautiful sight of a female leopard. She walked towards us, and climbed a tree in front of us. It was now almost dark, so we headed back to camp.
The morning sunrise again, and this morning we headed off towards where we had seen the 3 lioness, as Julius said that they had cubs hidden away somewhere. We were lucky, we could see them on a mound in the distance, there was now 4 of them together.
En route to see them, sure enough we came across three little lion cubs in the long grass
It was amazing to see how these young cubs know what to do whilst their mother is away hunting. The cubs were curious of us initially, then just walked away towards the longer grass and bushes. We watched the lioness walk from one mound to another, before resting as the daytime temperature rose. Elephants, giraffe, more lions drinking.
We stopped on our return to camp beside a tree, where another pride of lions was sleeping in the shade - it was Bibi and her pride. Above her was a tawny eagle, and two lilac breasted rollers, one of which was trying to eat a huge grasshopper.
After another delicious lunch, we headed out, with the aim to try and spot either leopard or serval cat. So we drove along the trees close to the mara river. Plenty of beautiful colourful bird sightings, bateleur eagle, a male bushbuck, and a playful elephant calf rolling around in the mud. We carried on looking, and then as the sun had almost set, we spotted a young male leopard sat in the grass only approx. 20m away from us. We stopped and waited to see if he was going to hunt. He yawned, stretched and then sat up - he was in immaculate condition, a beautiful looking cat. He was being annoyed by some guineafowl, who were alarm calling. We left him alone as the light faded away - another great sighting!