Articles Tagged 'Lion'

RIP Ximpoko

Saturday, 14th November, 2015

I recently learned some tragic and disturbing news, and further reading today has confirmed that it is true. Ximpoko, a very large male lion who inhabited the Timbavati region of Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, was killed by trophy hunters in July of 2013. Ximpoko was one of the first male lions we ever [ read more ]

Maasai Mara: Day 5 of 7

Sunday, 6th September, 2015

Our plan for day five in the Kenyan wilderness was to depart the Mara North Conservancy and head south into the public Maasai Mara National Reserve.  We were in search of cheetahs, the only big cats we had not yet seen. Rather than heading out for two drives (morning and afternoon) near camp, we made a single [ read more ]

Maasai Mara: Day 4 of 7

Sunday, 23rd August, 2015

Our fourth day in the Maasai Mara region of south-western Kenya had arrived after a good night's sleep following the magical big cat activity and stunning skies we had witnessed the day before. As had become our habit by now, we were again the first to rise from slumber at 5am, walking through the darkness [ read more ]

Maasai Mara: Day 3 of 7

Sunday, 2nd August, 2015

A new day for us in the Mara had arrived. While it was only the third day, the routine of the early rises, a Maasai escort to the camp fire, some quick online activity over a hot drink, and departure into the ever-fading darkness, had become very normal and comfortable. We met Francis at the [ read more ]

Maasai Mara: Day 2 of 7

Saturday, 18th July, 2015

Our second day in the Maasai Mara began nice and early, with a 5am rise after a fantastic first night roughing it in a luxurious tent at Elephant Pepper Camp, during which we heard lions roaring in the night, and hyenas becoming excited.  The night was filled with all manner of exotic wildlife noises, and at [ read more ]