In a recent poll in Travel Africa magazine of the top 25 reasons to visit Kenya, a safari journey to the Maasai Mara understandably ranked at number 1. We had all our fingers crossed that US President Obama would make a surprise visit to the area during his trip in July, but with such a packed schedule it sadly wasn’t to be. Residents of Nairobi would have been forgiven for booking a last-minute escape, however, as the arrival of one of the most well-known names on the planet resulted in closed roads and travel chaos.
The arrival of this year’s Great Migration may not have been attracted as much press attention as Obama’s visit, but the story in 2015 was that plentiful rains in Tanzania delayed the usual movement northwards into the Mara. That meant postponed meals for the prides of lions roaming around the camp as well as our resident cheetah with her new cubs. Evening rains locally have also caused some animals to venture closer than normal to the ridge where our camp sits, and one of our guests was surprised to find her spa treatment being observed by a particularly nosey hippo. Our General Manager Ken has shared some of his recent pictures with us which were taken this year.