I've always wanted to spot the wildlife while on a safari - where they are free and on their own, in their natural habitat. I've tried my luck for several times and visited quite a few national parks in India - but sadly, never stood a chance of spotting anything apart from deer and monkeys (I know, hard luck!). There have been times when I saw pug marks of tigers, and the guide would say - "It was here a while back, the marks are fresh," and then we would wait but not see any trace of tigers! Not just that, but he would also specify the fact of my poor luck, saying - "Not everyone gets to see animals in the wild!"
When I had the chance of traveling to Kenya recently, a friend mocked and said that if I don't get to see any carnivores there, then I should just learn to keep myself satisfied with what I can see in the zoos! Till then, I had no idea what was waiting for me in the days ahead!
"Maasai Mara" - the name itself is enough I believe! It's an area of preserved Savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park and is popularly known as 'The Safari Mecca' of the world. Offering superb plains scenery, unmatched safari activities and diverse wildlife, Masai Mara National Reserve is considered to be one of the best wildlife parks in the world and it's one of Africa’s highest wildlife density region for predators. While it's home for all the BIG 5 (buffalo, wildebeest, elephant, lion and leopard) - I had the chance of spotting BIG 4 in abundance, and no leopards! Apparently, they are very shy and mostly keep hiding!