Richard’s Camp is a classic! Located in an isolated valley overlooking a small water course in the Mara North conservancy. Kenyan’s do create great bush camps and have some of the greatest locations in their lovely country. Hosted by Finlay and Hannah, and their Masai staff the family had the most wonderful first ‘bush camp experience’. The Masai guides showed them lions within the first 10 minutes of being on the track back to camp! Spoilt, I said……’Camp’ was finally reached after a two hour drive over typical post-rainy season tracks, with topi, zebra, gazelles, giraffe ….lions……interrupting our passage. That afternoon we were enjoying a sundowner…as it should be, when some (more) lions we had seen (with 12 young cubs between four lionesses) decided to stalk a buffalo we had been watching over the rims of our G&T’s. Chaos ensued…..as we packed/drank/cuddled glasses and scrambled back into the vehicles to see what the outcome of their chase was…..they missed!
Over the next few days we covered considerable ground, including a balloon flight over the Mara river. Wow….was a common comment. (All these superfluosities…) All manner of plains game, and elephant too filled our days and memory cards. It was outstanding.
One of the highlights here was after we had taken a long walk with the Masai over hill and dale, dotted with classic flat-topped Acacias and gazelles. A herd of confused wildebeest stared at our noisy happy group as we neared the fire and snacks which was a surprise. Thanks guys! Hyenas sloped past us as sat around the fire to a busy den a few hundred yards away. There were fifteen pups, sub-adults and adults around it before we left. The little black pups resemble teddy bears and galloped around the den interacting with each other and the older animals with equal familiarity. Amazing!
Dinner was served under a different grove of trees, with the chairs arranged before a small pan, ringed by lanterns…..another total surprise moment. Thank you again….ALL the staff of Richard’s Camp. You set the bar for the trip!