FINAL APPROACH

Spending hours with the lions requires patience. They spend much of their time asleep or lazily ambling around. When they attack they often fail, advancing in poor formation with little control. However, when they do wake up and get properly active, there are few more exhilarating sights. To hear them roar however, particularly together, is well worth the wait. Enough of the England football team for now though.

FRUITS OF THEIR LABOUR

In any ballot of feline candidates, leopards will always get a majority. These dappled cats have obsessed safari fans and pollsters for years, particularly Barry and Rachel Chapman. Their heart rate increased significantly when that predator was reported with young ones. Very young ones. It was hard labour to find them but was never going to be beyond James…

LIONS SHARE

Hey Spotters, we're back, sorry for the delay. When a lion project charity that has worked for years studying these apex predators says they have never witnessed something before, it is worthy of documentation, particularly as it was Kicheche that was first on the scene. For today's author, it was like London buses, he waits his whole life waiting for a successful buffalo kill, then two come along.

And Rest…

At around seven thirty last Tuesday as the nasturtium sky finally dimmed, Charles Wandero carefully nosed his cruiser into the Bush Camp covered lot, before finishing his vehicle's paperwork. He sighed, peacefully, then took the keys to the office before berthing his weathered optics in their felt case where they will lay in convalescence for six weeks. Charles smiled, just as Peter was doing in Laikipia and Saruni at Mara Camp to say nothing of Esther at Valley. The storms of January were distant memories and they all chuckled with a demob satisfaction. They deserve their rest but will be champing to return at the start of the season. So will you be ...we hope.

BARRETT HOMES

Meet Richard Barrett, it looks like he knows his F-Stops from his bus stops. Richard has spent a good chunk of this year across all of Kicheche's stable. Not for the first time either.

Mara North’s High Table

It used to be that only a Reserve lion coalition would take down hippos, some fifteen years ago. Not anymore. It appears that the Mara North River pride are developing a taste for this gargantuan meal and are hunting them when they ply their nocturnal grazing.

Twala Time

'I've been on seven safaris, but Kicheche Valley Camp is the only one I've ever returned to' so spoke the charming Amy Battis as she arrived at Kicheche's Naboisho stronghold for the second time.

Ups and Downs

An open Boscia tree in the heart of Naboisho Conservancy. Short grass, two leopards and Sankuet being rather greedy with two Thomson's kills. Unfortunately with a cub as boisterous and mischievous as this young five-month-old scamp, accidents generally happen.

Natural Highs

When lions escort you to dinner you know you are doing something right. Ola and Chris have kindly shared the album of their time in the high plains of Kicheche Laikipia, guided by the genius that is Peter Kariuki.

Birth Control

Dan Heap, long time Kicheche friend, was with David Nchoe when they witnessed this - two hours of parental protection against a small clan of spotted hyenas. This mother was in a whole Heap of trouble but showed remarkable bravery, helped slightly by the hyenas appearing to have no real plan...