An earlier blog reported on our stay at Porini camps in the Maasai Mara as guests of the local Maasai community who lease their land for conservation and eco-tourism, giving them an income, employment, health care and education - and giving us a fantastic window on wildlife. I ask you to look at the earlier blog as I consider the photos shown here relied on this very special example of eco-tourism. I express my thanks to the Maasai for the privelege of visiting their reserve and sharing their company, if only briefly.
There are many species of herbivorous mammals on the Mara. This blog shows but a few. The low resolution pictures taken on a Panasonic FZ38 with tele-converter leave much to be desired but provide an aide memoire and, I hope, give you a taste of the Mara.
Mixed herds of Wildebeest and Zebra traverse the Mara on the annual migration to the Serengeti, following seasonal rainfall patterns which dictate the quantity and quality of grazing. At this point in the migration they are soon to cross the infamous Mara River, which will be the subject of a separate post.
These have been just a few highlights from maybe hundreds of photos. There is a separate post on the Mara River which the zebra and Wildebeest must cross, at the mercy of crocodiles, on their way to the Serengeti.