On arrival and opening Naboisho Camp after being closed for April & May we found the conservancy still very wet but with extraordinary beautiful green scenery! The deep green colours of the open plains and adjoining acacia savannah, contrasted dramatically with the dark, deep black purple colours of threatening rain clouds. Now, at the beginning of July, we are still experiencing the odd heavy downpour that will for sure delay the arrivals of the migrating wildebeest from the Loita plains in the north and the Serengeti in the south. Just to make this all come together and add to the nature drama, the local wildlife are still here in full force, with the roar of lions at night leading the chorus of  night time sounds, on two occasions right in camp behind the guests tents!

There are certainly no dull moments when it comes to the lion prides that live inside Naboisho Conservancy. The Enesikiria pride males, Saruni, Sadala and Saitoti are spending all their days in patrolling and safeguarding their precious core territory in Naboisho - especially after the unexpected return into the conservancy of their rivals – the three blond Enoolera pride males, Simiren, Leshaan and Osidai. They were last seen in September 2011! Lucky guests spending time in the field with lion researcher Niels Mogensen from the Mara Naboisho Lion Project (www.mnlp.org), made this important and exiting discovery whilst on a drive with Niels. They are having many stand offs, with the two prides roaring and standing their ground firmly. The Enoolera pride males have been spotted with some females of the Enesikira pride, one of them with 4 cubs! This is some unusual behaviour for sure, without a full pride take over by the dominant males. The following months will be really interesting to see how the drama further unfolds within the lion population in Naboisho.

Cheetah sightings are certainly on the increase as regular sightings of a female with her 2 sub adult sons were seen by guests. The most incredible one, when they were photographed while being closely watched by a big herd of giraffe! The shy adult male cheetah that was often seen last season has become more relaxed, offering guests brilliant sightings on a regular basis.

On the birding front, amongst so many other beautiful birds, most notable sightings to mention is pygmy falcon, grey crowned cranes, brown parrots and ruppel’s vultures.

Walking remains one of the best ways to experience the African bush, during the month long walks were the order of the day as guests opted for exercise, fresh air and getting out of the game drive vehicles! The gorges south of camp offer spectacular views, light rock climbing and the chance of seeing the elusive, hard to spot and locally rare klipspringer!

We are looking forward to hosting and sharing Naboisho with you during the following months,

Warm regards,
Roelof, Helen and the team at Naboisho Camp

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