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The ultimate dream for most wild life lovers is a safari to one of the world’s great game reserves and in 2004 Cherie flew out to Nairobi and on to Governors Camp in the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, Kenya.


The Maasai Mara, named in honour of the Maasai people the ancestral inhabitants of the area, it is a 580 sq mile national game reserve in Kenya [next to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania] and one of the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, leopard, cheetah and African bush elephant. It featured in the BBC’s documentary ‘Big Cat Diary’


The iconic Governor’s Camp, originally reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial Governors, it’s set in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Everything is under canvas, including a bar with decking overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.


The safari provided memories to last a life time of being close to WILD life in it’s NATURAL environment, so close at times that she felt she could reach out and touch a huge Bull Elephant passing he vehicle. The photos of what she saw and how close the animals were need no further explanation.


Getting up at 4.00 am and of to see the wild game within an hour was just the start of a memorable day.













         Maasai Mara sunrise              First sighting - elephant at dawn

                        Baboons










                   Waterbuck












  Leopard in tree [Shadow, mother of Sawadi]

                       BBC Big Cat Diary














                                         Impala












                                   Topi











                  Hippos in the Mara river












 Ostrich with The Serengeti in the distance













                        Male Lion in Croton bushes























                                    Lions








































                                Elephants













                 Thompson’s Gazelle












                             Wildebeast





















                 





















                      Cheetah












                                Cheetah















                                          Giraffe









      





































                                    Zebra





















                         Buffalo











                        Eland











                   Silverback Jackal


Cherie’s Maasai Mara photo album - 2004