In the heart of Maasai territory on the north-eastern boundary of the Serengeti National Park is a private concession of 10 000 hectares, set aside for the exclusive use of Klein's Camp's 20 guests. The spectacular location of the camp on the edge of the Kuka Hills commands sweeping views across a broad valley through which the annual great migration passes.
Lions do swim!!!
The East Africa trainees and I were on an afternoon drive when we heard that the Lions were on a buffalo carcass near the Grumeti river. They had not made the kill but were scavenging on it. As we approached, we noticed an adult lioness and an adult male lion feeding on the carcass that was in the river. The lions were submerged in the water about half way between the bottom of the stomach and the top of the back. I had never seen that before and we were all amazed at what we were witessing. Cats usually stay far away from water, especially being so deep in it. You could see that they were irritated by the way they were swishing their tails. The male eventually had enough and decided that dry land was more appealing. It just proves that they are oportunistic animals and will do anything to survive. It was a good leason to the trainees that you can never say "never"!