This sleight but fleet-footed cat has many foes. They are well down on the predator food chain but blessed with the faculty no other has and to see one, nostrils flared and body stretched out, hurtling across the plains is a sight every safari fan should see at least once.
There is nowhere better to see them than the uncrowded grasslands of the Conservancies, as long patient quests off-road (of course permitted in these precious areas) are finally rewarded. There are also no finer guides to take you through this feline ritual.
It appears from Patrick’s remarkable footage (have any of you seen this before?) that we will be getting some more soon. Good, they contend with so much and this is their favourite home. More tiny fluffballs, much like Selenkei’s current brood, can you really put this safari off any longer?
Selenkei and her remaining three cubs, Mara Naboisho Conservancy – image Bernard Soit
Returning guest Laura Dyer witnessed and filmed this extraordinary encounter between two cheetah families. Kisaru’s daughter made a kill right into Kweli and her cubs. Utter confusion ensued between cubs and parents. Sound up!
Neema keeping the larder full for her family. Mara North Conservancy image Saruni Maasai