Sunday, October 08, 2006

Maasai Mara


This cheetah was well outside the reserve boundary, in the vicinity of Kicheche Mara Camp. As seen in the BBC's Big Cat Week, there's still a lot of off-track driving going on in the reserve, and especially outside it, where many camp operators seem to think the issues of plant damage and soil erosion aren't significant enough to worry their drivers and clients about them. It's true that if you don't drive off-track, and never forge your own way off the beaten path, you will see fewer animals, at least close up. But it's best to avoid all off-track driving, especially if it's simply to explore the bush, rather than for a specific photo opp.

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