Travelling Alone (Memories of the Maasai Mara Series)

Several trips to Africa previously had not rewarded me with any true sightings of the beautiful leopard. This trip I was determined would be different. A vigil each dusk often returned no results. Determined that my patience would be rewarded, I joined a group on a four hour 'stakeout' to capture a glimpse of this most elusive creature. Scanning undergrowth and craning necks towards the branches of leopard friendly trees, we saw nothing. Nothing! Then we turned a corner on our route homeward and there she was, seemingly waiting for us. Watching. Motionless. I stole this opportunity to make a lifelong dream come true and capture the moment I had always dreamed of - me..eye to eye with a leopard.

Several trips to Africa previously had not rewarded us with any true sightings of the beautiful leopard. This trip I was determined would be different. A vigil each dusk often returned no results. Determined that my patience would be rewarded, I joined a group on a four hour ‘stakeout’ to capture a glimpse of this most elusive creature. Scanning undergrowth and craning necks towards the branches of leopard friendly trees, we saw nothing.

Nothing!

Then we turned a corner on our route homeward and there she was, seemingly waiting for us. Watching. Motionless. I stole this opportunity to make a lifelong dream come true and capture the moment I had always dreamed of – me..eye to eye with a leopard.

Imagining that only the briefest of sightings was possible, you can only imagine our excitement as our eyes struggled to adjust to the cat brazenly sat right in front our vehicle. After dropping both the camera and camcorder in surprise, our patience was rewarded with an opportunity to spend almost two hours tracking this most beautiful and elegant cat.

Leopard in shade at dusk

This post is the 15th in the series “Memories of the Maasai Mara” and is an extract from the Taraji Blue book “Memories of the Maasai Mara” …Ever since our first visit to Kenya in 2005 we’d fallen in love with the continent and had longed to return. For four years we’d played our Africa CDs daily and viewed our photos longingly, anticipating the day we would return. Back in 2009 we had our chance…

Each morning we bounded out of our beds and into the wilderness, eager and hopeful of what the day would bring. We owe much of our success to the fantastic guides and staff of the Kicheche Bush Camp, Mara Safari Club and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, who we cannot praise enough and to whom we long to return.

It is through our experiences and time in Kenya that we tell, and re-live, our memories of this amazing continent, and above all, of the Maasai Mara.

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