We returned to the Mara for the last few days of the fieldcourse, to take in the open savannah and big rivers. As ever it yielded a classic open grasslands experience with a few nice moments, including close views of serval, mating lions, a lioness and young cubs, hyena and lion activity around a de-tusked dead elephant, and nice views of genets on the trailcams that we set up in camp.
Rift valley lakes
As usual we ran our research projects in and around the Naivasha area and broke our stay with an overnight trip up to Nakuru. Both lakes were full to the brim after the strong rains this year, with large parts of Nakuru inaccessible due to the extremely high water. We had great views of a spotted hyena den, dozing lionesses and a confrontation between black rhino, as well as the more usual diversity of ungulates and bird life. No sign of the bushpigs that we picked up on last year, and still no sign of a striped hyena; everyone needs their nemesis beast.