May 28, 2011
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Today, we woke up to a rather large surprise right outside of Matira Bush Camp. It was going to be a usual sunrise on the Mara when we all piled into our respective vehicles at 6:15 but it changed right outside of the bush camp gate. As the jackals barked in a cluster of bushes we knew something was up. A hyena stumbled out of the bush as we pulled up to find a dead elephant! The carcass was fresh and looked promising for our scientific species identification. We left the carcass to allow for other creatures to find and scavenge the fresh elephant. On our morning adventure we came upon a herd of elephants, one was about to take down an entire tree!
Breakfast was a delicious meal underneath one of the finest fig trees around. While there we were able to get a close up look an anthill. Our newly filled stomachs then found themselves back on the hunt for wildlife and the elusive leopard.
Though we never found that leopard we did happen upon a gigantic herd of topi and a cheetah!
After spotting the only true spotted big cat we happened to look in the sky and see 20 plus vultures forming a kettle above our heads. With 20 vultures up in the sky we decided to check out the carcass again and set up just meters away from the elephant. Much to our chagrin the vultures did not attack the carcass.
Alas 11 o’clock struck and after a wonderful 2 nights at Matira Bush Camp with Anthony and Jonathan (our new friends the owner and head man) we had to pack up our things and move on.