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Kenya-Masai Mara National Reserve

When I first set my eyes on the lion family on the savannah, my immediate reaction was an immense sigh of relief. Oh my god, these animals are still around for us to see. And that too up so close and personal! It was late afternoon, A refreshingly cool breeze drifted across the lush savannah grass glistening with moisture following a brief spell of rain. April is still the rainy reason. I was on the first day of a three day safari in Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most celebrated wildlife sanctuary and one of Africa’ best. And there I was, within half an hour of entering the park, looking at a family of five lions from my safari vehicle. There were three cubs and their parents. The cubs fed from their mother while the male sat languidly two meters away. Occasionally, a cub would dart across to the male, and climb onto it back, and then return to continue feeding. 

During the next day and half, I would see practically all the animals that Africa is known for, except for the gorillas (they are in Uganda). The list included a total of 15 lions (including 9 adults). Once, on an early morning drive, we saw a single lioness hurry across the trail behind us, heading towards a herd of gazelle not more than 150 meters away.  Another time, just before noon, we saw another lion family, with two males and three cubs, frolicking in the bush. And who could ever forget the sight of a single male African lion fast forwarding deep into the savannah, its sprightly brownish mane marking it out from the soft green and yellow grassy plains. It went about looking which must be prey as a a group of deers were not far way, before disappearing into a bush..