After three full days of viewing wildlife and spotting birds, it was finally time to leave the Maasai Mara National Reserve. After breakfast, the porters loaded our luggage into our vehicle and we said goodbye to the efficient and friendly staff at Fig Tree Camp.
En route to the gate, as a special farewell, we had several animal sightings.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) clearly visible on the plains of Maasai Mara
African lion (Panthera leo) right next to the road
The lion was so close to the vehicle, I felt as though I could reach out and touch him!
Two buffalo (Syncerus caffer) with a young one between them
A small buck upwind from the predators
One of the gates into the Maasai Mara National Reserve
You may notice that I have used the spelling Maasai Mara in all my posts. Our gate entry passes had this spelling, various visitor's guides use this form as well. You can spell it whichever way you like; the Mara still remains one of the most famous parks in East Africa with an abundance of wildlife and birds with easy viewing.
I couldn't resist a photo of this magnificent fever tree at the entrance gate...
...and a pair of D'Arnaud's Barbets on a bush to my right
To be continued...
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