It might have been the ‘perfect storm’ in terms of weather, rainfall, grazing and the like, but my first visit to the relatively newly created Mkomazi National Park was wonderful. The scenery was dramatic and spectacular and the wildlife seems, from reports, to be on the increase.
We saw two lionesses with three cubs which was unexpected, and it is really good to see lions that are truly “wild”. They didn’t run away but reacted to our presence with a snarl and then the perfectly furrowed inquisitive brow that they can make.
And the desert species were good too. In three days we saw a total of about 14 Lesser Kudu which was a treat. Wild though! We really weren’t able to get a decent photo of them.
The Oryx were somewhat co-operative – and seriously I don’t know too many people who have a photo of Fringe Eared Oryx mating!
The other wildlife was not too wild and, with the scenery, made for fantastic photos.
The northern sector of the park seems to get a bit more rain and was greener than the central / south, but one has to explore right? So we took a full day’s drive further south to Maore Dam. Only to realize later that we’d reached just halfway down the length of this secret gem.
But really it is as much of a privilege to have been sharing the three days with two specialists such as Ken Coe and Charles Foley. Charles has been running the Tarangire Elephant Research project for about twenty years and has a wealth of information and knowledge, not only about elephants, but also concerning conservation issues in the country.
So now we move back through Arusha en-route to the Gol Mountains near the Southern Serengeti.