October in the Maasai Mara: jam-packed with safari goodness
It’s Will here; the product of the new slave trade in the Mara. I have been interning at Rekero for all of October and am the reasons why our toilets have been so sparkly clean lately…!
It hasn’t all been bad for me though; we have had a rather epic month jam-packed with safari goodness. Guides and guests have reported amazing sightings, starring the fight between vultures, jackals, lions and hyenas for a deceased hippo and even a leopard and cheetah stand off! In fact it has been a cheetah-packed month: Amani has proven to be an amazing mother – her three sub adults (yet to be named) have been extremely active and ambitious, attempting to hunt a variety of game from buffalo to dik dik with varying degrees of success. Alongside this, Amani’s other children have come out to play! Her less then a month old three cubs have been sited numerous times by our guests, and the little fluff balls have a place in everyone’s heart.
But what is truly amazing about this month is all of this has been unfolding so close to camp. During our evening campfires two of our local lion boys Blackie and Lipstick have been very vocal. One morning they even chased the Rekero sub-adults through the camp at 6:30 for all the staff and guests to see!
Earlier in the month a small wildebeest crossing happened on the Talek river smack bang in the middle of our lunch. This was rudely interrupted however by a lioness who managed to snatch a young commuter. All we had to do was look up from our heavily loaded lunch plates and we had a great view of the sopping wet lioness devouring her kill. Lunch with a spectacular view…!
Unfortunately, since the 10th of November my stay here is over, but hopefully I won’t be gone for long. What our guests see of our waiters, askaris and guides during their stay is exactly how all the staff are behind the scenes, and it is exactly this that has made my stay so enjoyable. I’m going to miss the big Rekero family and excitement big time, and I am afraid I will never be able to overcome my addiction to the Maasai Mara and the Rekero team…!
A big ‘ASANTE SANA’ to Will from all of us here at Rekero, it was a pleasure to have you around and we will all truly miss you. Please come back and visit us again in the future!
Kwaheri and salaams to you all,
Clea, Conway, Mariana, Will & the Rekero Team