28 February, 2021

Maasai Mara Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from Masai Mara national reserve.

Illustration by Saahil
Maasai Mara Diary
Secrets of the Savannah

Five cheetahs walk nonchalantly a few inches from you after devouring a fresh kill. An elephant trudges gracefully across seemingly endless grassland, flapping its huge ears. A group of giraffes look straight into your eyes, as if posing for the camera. Rhinos loll around a watering hole. A leopard sprawls on a tree’s branch, eager to jump at a stray antelope. Lions bask in the dying warmth before sunset as hundreds of wildbeests savour the succulent grass. It’s all in a day’s sighting at Maasai Mara, a large game reserve in Narok County of Kenya. Its expanse is so overwhelming that even after three days of driving, you will hunger to see more. Every moment yields plenty of surprises as nature unfolds in all its glory. You are constantly reminded of the perfection and beauty of the natural that is under threat from destructive and dangerous human beings.

Maasai Mara is around 260 kilometres from Kenya’s...

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