We had some fantastic sightings of lions in the Mara. And not just lions lying about sleeping; lions actually doing stuff. We stumbled across this very healthy looking pride of about 10 females and their eight cubs, resting near the Talek river.
When we first reached them, they were, indeed, lying about sleeping, waking and yawning.
There was a smell of rotting flesh hanging in the air, so there was clearly an old kill nearby. We found it half way down the rivercliffs, a couple of young males chomping away happily at a rib cage.
The cubs were playing quietly and everyone was fed and happy.
Suddenly all the lionesses leapt up …
…and charged at full speed towards a nearby ridge on which they’d spotted a male lion approaching, roaring as they went.
Given the chance he would attack and kill their cubs, so they had to defend their ground and see him off!
The cubs stayed where they were and quickly banded together, all the while watching their mums and aunties dash toward the threat.
They cried out calling for their mums to come back.
We later found the male lion by now lying far enough away from the girls to keep the girls happy. We noticed he’d got a nasty open wound on his nose.
Photos: Moth Clark