The morning game drive headed to the Sand River, which forms the boundary between Kenya and Tanzania, between Masai Mara Reserve and Serengeti National Park. We were heading there to see the Black Rock pride of lions, having already seen some from the Notch pride and the Salt Lick pride. This area was ideal for lion life - a stream for water, plenty of bushes for laying in the shade, and high rock outcroppings where a lioness can take her cubs and keep a watchful eye out for a male who will kill them if they aren't carrying his genes.
Along the way we saw huge gatherings of zebra and Cape Buffalo. Both these creatures are sociable and live in groups as large as food and water will allow. It is likely we will see these same groups when we get to Tanzania, since this is where the migration is headed.
Once again our driver David took off like a shot and brought us to another rhino sighting. This one was somewhat younger and smaller than the one we saw last night, but he stood and posed like some Hollywood star as his admirers jockeyed for position on the road. The fact that the jeeps cannot leave the road is totally understandable. It would tear up the countryside if we could drive helper skelter and gives the animals the control to be as close to us as they wish to be, but sometimes when we all clog together, getting that perfect angle just isn't going to happen.
A cheetah mom with two teenaged cubs, also put on quite a show. Neither she nor we could believe our eyes when a parade of zebra filed eight past this family. Cheetah are the fastest creatures on earth, but a healthy zebra is too large for a cheetah to bring down by herself and her cubs looked like they were still in the silly youngster stage. All the zebra marched on.
We really enjoyed our time here despite the limited electricity and total lack of wi if. The staff was so friendly and ready to answer our questions, which they must have heard a million times before. Although some of the food they served was not to our taste - they were big on lots of vegetables and meat mushed together and cooked into oblivion, but there was always something we liked. When we think how far away we are from anything, this lodge was a real oasis in mile after mile of wilderness. We came here to see animals. Mission accomplished!
The flight back to Nairobi was smooth. The pilot had to fly in to Mara just to take us back. Once again we enjoyed a bottle of water and muffin, jammed in like sardines. Back at the hotel we are enjoying electricity 24/7 and madly trying to get caught up on internet chores.