After breakfast at the Mara Sopa Lodge we began our journey in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, which links the world’s biggest Game Reserve the Serengeti in Tanzania. That is where the migration of the animals takes place this time of the year (Mid July-November). 1.5 million wildebeest, 400 thousands zebras and 200 thousand gazelles migrate through the African savannah from the Serengeti to Masai Mara in order to find green grasslands. In November when it starts raining in Tanzania they return to Serengeti.
First thing in the morning we saw zebras, buffalos, giraffes spread out, and we get the closest to a cheetah observing his prey on top of a bunker. We saw lions but only from afar so it was time for me to fly Horus to take a closer look. Excitedly but cautiously in fhe morning high wind I flew above the 3 cats laying on the rocks getting the morning sun. With respect I kept my distance, observed them from 36 meters high then followed one of them as she was leaping through the rough terrains looking for a feed.
We later saw another group of lioness, one of them was wounded from the buffalos that are often a hard catch. A few hours later we did see the male lions with their big mains taking it easy in between leaves covered by the shade of a tree. The highlight of the full day safari was going to be the Mara River where the animals have to get across to be able to see whether the grass is greener on the other side or not. We waited for quiet a long time but we only saw two brave wildebeest crossing the river.
After a full day of exploring a small part of the 1500 square km Masai Mara Game Reserve we visited a Masai village. You can read the Masai warrior story in another post.