Meeting with Lions in the Mara


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It is late afternoon when Daniel, our guide, takes us to the rock-strewn  place where he knows  the lions will be.

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The males are hiding away in longer grass, but the females and cubs are out in the open, enjoying the last of the sun. The light is spectacular. I wonder if the lionesses have chosen this place on purpose: because their young blend in so well with the landscape. In any event, they seem utterly relaxed. This mother (above) simply watches us as she feeds one of her cubs. There is another at her tail, disguised as a boulder, while the third one takes off on a small adventure.


The quiet proximity of these lionesses is breath-taking, our intrusion on their family life above their notice. We watch them until the sun goes down and it is time to return to our camp on the Mara River.


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Ailsa’s travel challenge: meeting places

Go here for Ailsa’s and other bloggers’ meeting places. Meanwhile, here are a few that caught my eye:


Travel Tales of Life Cinque Terre: Meeting in an Italian Paradise

Third Person Travel

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Almost Italian

27 thoughts on “Meeting with Lions in the Mara

    1. Yes, aren’t they just. As to the blue hue – the original photos are quite old, and a bit unstable, so some interesting effects often emerge during the scanning, at which I’m not very adept. But the light at the Equator is always amazing at sunset.

      1. Mmm I expect you were moved by the people, the landscape and the endless coast. I worked there for 10 months. I had a little car and looked with envy at the LandCruiser ‘trains’ but on balance I did well to experience a great deal. Such a contrast with the ‘Gulf States’.

      2. I envy you that trip, Tony. We only dipped a toe into Oman. Early one morning after a night camping out in the Dubai desert with our Tanzanian guide. He wanted to show us an alfalfa farm. I know what you mean by the Land Cruiser trains. On Friday afternoon all of Dubai seemed to be driving out into the desert and putting up marquee sized tents. It looked like fun. We only had an ‘igloo’ and the sand was very very hard.

  1. Lion cubs must be among the cutest of baby animals! Great photos Tish, and the story behind it makes me wish this last week before our next trip to Kruger flies by in a hurry!

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