Next day we started the journey at 6:30 am in the morning.Our trip was planned to go along the plains to reach the Mara river, where have been recorded lots of documentaries of BBC and National Geographic, filming the migration of zebras and wildebeests crossing the river and some individuals getting trapped under the jaws of Nile Crocodiles.
Along the way we spotted again many wildlife: Common Zebras, African Lion, Kenyan Giraffes, African Buffalos, Spotted Hyenas, see picture below, Hartebeests, Wildebeests, see picture on top of the post, Topis and African Elephants.
A solitary Cheetah was sitting on a little promontory that allowed him to have a good view of the surroundings for hunting new preys. Cheetahs are active mainly during the day,unlike lions, and are usually found hiding among the grass or sitting on these promontories.
Thomson Gazelle, see first picture below, and Impalas, see second picture below, appeared in groups of not more than 2 or 3 individuals scattered along the park.Notice the lack of dark brownish band and curled horns of Impalas.
Before arriving at the river, I spotted a couple of Marabou Storks on the left side of the road.
A Red-necked Spurfowl crossed the dirt track early morning.
Other remarkable birds that i spotted were a solitary Hamerkop, a Secretary bird, a pair of Egyptian Goose, a Scarlet-chested Sunbird, a Bare-faced Go-away Bird, skulking among the foliage, a Lilac-breasted Roller, on the top of a naked branch, and a Grey-headed Kingfisher.
Once next to the river we could observe some interesting birds as the Purple Grenadier,see first picture below, and the Southern Ground Hornbill, see second picture below.
The river was not abundant of wildlife, due to the migration occurs during the European summer. However, I saw a Nile crocodile resting on the bank of the river.Nile Crocodiles are the second largest living reptile in the world and they are, along the saltwater crocodile, one of the most dangerous crocodiles on earth.
Here you can see a wide view of the Mara river,where the migration of Wildebeests and Zebras takes place.
When strolling around this area, a Little Bee-eater perched on a branch catched my attention.
When going back, a pair of Hooded Vultures were quietly perched on a branch of a tree beside the road.
A Long-crested Eagle was seen observing the plains and looking for prey late morning.
In the afternoon,a cute Silver-backed Jackal remained sit in front of us for a while.This species of jackal has a slim body well adapted to the heat of the savannah,with long ears and legs that allow them to dissipate heat.
Next morning we could spot a lioness with her cubs feeding on a topi that she had killed last night.The cubs were feeding according to their dominance.In the picture you can see the dark brown hair of a topi.
The icing of the cake was to see a dik-dik feeding on foliage, only a few meters from us.
These animals are gracile and petit and they are very delightful to see.If you check carefully,you can appreciate a black spot below the inside corner of each eye, that contains a gland which produces a dark, sticky secretion to mark their territory.
Before ending the safari, i went to visit the Masai village,where i enjoy chatting,listening the songs and watching the traditional dances of this extraordinary people.
Next stop, Lake Nakuru NP, with more birds and mammals worth to know in this amazing world where we live !! See you soon my friends !!