After breakfast we make a stroll through the grounds and come across grazing herds of zebras and giraffes. They run off before we can get very close.
A good drive brings us to Massai Mara, which is the Kenyan part of the Serengeti park in Tanzania. The people we encounter along the way are still colourful, but different looking. Among the Massai this year red seems to be the colour in fashion. Our room is one of two in a cabin that is inspired by clay huts. There are many flowers around the lodge, and for the first time in days we see insects.
Yesterday’s lodge and this one are owned by an Indian company, which means that there is curry and naan on the menu. Speaking of food, yesterday’s dinner was the first time we found some truly African food on the menu: Ugali (a pasty dish made from maize meal) and kale. The girl serving remarked that these two dishes make up the whole of an African meal. They are definitely very filling. We partake of the 50 other dishes on the buffet anyway.
The afternoon brings the usual game drive. Pretty soon into it, Job hears on the CB that someone has spotted a leopard, so we make a beeline for it. It’s some distance away, and when we get there, there are close to a dozen of cars already. The leopard is sitting in a tree, and we see maybe a paw. Somewhere in the tree is the carcas of a gazelle or something that he has been eating. Purely for the statistics, we’ve seen a leopard, but it’s less than satisfactory. We turn around, drive a short distance, and admire a giraffe for a bit. Job decided to turn around and
see if we can get another view of the leopard. This time he has descended and is continuing to snack on the deer. We have a beautiful view of him ripping pieces of meat off the carcas. Score another big animal.
Next we come upon a lion couple that is luxuriating in the grass. Job keeps us there for a while, and for a reason: after the lions have been engaging in nothing more exciting than a lot of fly swatting, all of a sudden the male lion jumps on the female and pumps away for, oh, less than half a minute. It’s over before we have time to take a good picture. And apparently they do that twenty times a day, for a whole week. Can I have a cigarette for that lion?
On this drive we have seen some wildebeest, but tomorrow there will hopefully be more.