The Lone Wanderer (Memories of the Maasai Mara Series)

Abstract of a buffalo horn, Kenya

A disturbed buffalo warps shape, while oxpeckers continue to clear ticks from their hide in the Maasai Mara, Kenya

The lone buffalo requires no pack mentality.

Safety in numbers is not necessary.

Instead, he lies in wait.



He is the most feared animal in the Mara. With haunted memories of how his species was hunted by humans, this lone male awaits silently. He keeps an ever watchful eye on the plains. His anger is no match for any man nor beast. Folklore tells of the lone buffalo, shot in the heart at close range. He registered only a blink of his eye and the face of his assassin… returning days later to complete his revenge. Approach with caution.

This post is the 16th 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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