In this picture, it is apparent just how difficult it can be to spot a Cheeta on the African grass plains. We had been sitting in the car overlooking a great expanse of savannah with groups of antelopes scattered in all directions. It was only after some time we realized two Cheetas was slowly approaching a group of antelopes. Moving slowly, they mixed perfectly with the yellow grass.
On this tranquil Sunday, we stopped around 50 kilometres from Magadi to explore the rift feeding into lake Magadi. A Masai that had a small homestead near the escarpment’s edge, agreed to take us down into the Magadi inlet together with his son. Once we reached the bottom of the rift, we realised how much hotter it was in the base of the feature, and you can see the heat waves distorting this photograph of the Masai. It must have been around 40 degrees Celcius.
On the way to the peak of Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m), you will pass what is called the dragon’s teeth (situated in the Aberdares moorlands). The Dragons teeth are visible from far away when approaching the Aberdares mountain range. Although on our trip, we had mixed weather with sun and dramatic clouds, in the picture, it is the dramatic clouds that dominate the view.