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Cheetah in the Mara Narok  Kenya

Cheetah in the Mara

The best cheetah sightings during my summer-long trip to Kenya all took place during my stay in the Mara North Conservancy (on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve).

In fact, Elephant Pepper Camp’s expert guide honed in on a few cheetah groups where I observed behavior I’d never witnessed on any nature program. We patiently sat in the sun and watched as a mother with two grown cubs devoured a gazelle. They took turns in playing the lookout and each got their fill, including a bit of an upchuck by one of the cubs. (call me twisted, but seeing a wild cheetah throw-up was one of the highlights of my Kenya travels).

These big cats have such a huge range and can be quite unpredictable regarding sightings. All safari-goers want to see cheetah. They may see everything on the 'Big 5' list but if no cheetah, they leave wanting.

So thank you, Ele Pepper… three days and three cheetah sightings. The Mara North will always be a fond memory. Old school safari style with tales to bring home.