Masai Mara – Fat Crocs and Lions.

The last  few weeks that have passed by in the Masai Mara have seen little rain and have been rather hot and dusty. The now stubbly grass is drying out fast as the large numbers of Wildebeest and Zebra have taken the goodness and now moved on.

Just under a month ago there were well over 500,000 wildebeest strewn over the Bila Shaka Musiara and Northern Masai conservation areas. With the Mara river in steady flow, this has been a superb time to visit the Mara. The river has seen a vast amount of traffic lately, with elephant joining in at some points as the throngs of wildebeest fight for space in the chaotic river crossings.  With thousands of Wildebeest crossing at one time, this has been a true safari spectacle.  With the fast moving crocodile having a field day at some narrower points of the river which have created a bottle neck for desperate wildebeest trying to climb out on the far banks.

On the plains that stretch out beyond the chaos there are the Topi which are in good number this year. Many Topi have now given birth to their young and the youngsters are now wobbling on their legs as they take the first few steps of life. In small little pockets you might also see Cokes Hartebeest with their young taking shelter from the sun alongside them.   The Warthog have too birthed their young as many piglets can been seen trotting along with their tails in the air.   All of these young vulnerable offspring don’t go unnoticed unfortunately as the resident lion are taking note and reacting with vigour at every opportunity.

Visit Kenya and join John Rendall on safari at Elsa’s Kopje!

It’s been 41 years since John Rendall and Anthony Burke ventured into the plains of Kenya in the hopes of seeing their beloved friend Christian the Lion. The Lion was released in Kenya after living with the two men as a cub in London’s city centre. The footage of that day still circulates famously world-wide displaying the Lion galloping over and greeting the men, appearing to hug them like old friends.

Together John and Anthony proved that a long lasting and memorable friendship with a beautiful wild creature is possible and we are still fascinated with that relationship today.

In February 2013 Mr John Rendall will be visiting two camps in Kenya that we regularly send clients to; Elsa’s Kopje which remains an elegant and welcoming lodge in a spectacular setting and Joy’s Camp, thriving in the scorched lands of Samburu. Both camps would offer you memories of a life time, being uniquely designed to incorporate every inch of luxury from inviting infinity pools over-looking the plains at Elsa’s to Joys Camp which is surrounded by idyllic landscape and decorated to give the true authentic African experience. You will have the chance to meet John Rendall in person, being immersed in stories of his fascinating relationship with Christian the Lion whilst enjoying a luxury safari in the same location Christian was released four decades ago.

Join John in camp and get the inside story on his relationship with Christian the Lion.