Pregnant Cheetah Kill

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Sep 09 2008 Written by:Rob Barbour

Following my trip to the Ruaha, I made my way to Kenya and Tanzania with a New York family. We travelled to the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Sasakwa Lodge Grumeti Reserves in the northern Serengeti, and then went on to Mnemba Island on Zanzibar.

In the Mara we witnessed the wilderbeest migration by hot air balloon, as it started to head south into Tanzania to follow the rains. We also had an excellent sighting of a female white rhino and her calf.

One of the highlights of the trip, for both me and my clients, was being patient enough to wait and finally watch a heavily pregnant cheetah stalk and then kill a Thompsons Gazelle at Sasakwa. See below an image of her as she maintains the throat hold to kill the gazelle prior to quickly eating it before any other predators (lion or hyena) become aware of her presence and try to steal it away from her.

The other images were taken on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater where I was lucky enough to capture a flock of Crested Cranes as they took flight in the early morning against the dramatic back drop of the Crater wall. You will also note some flamingos and one lonely wilderbeest. The other photograph is of a line of zebra as they slowly and carefully came down towards a water hole to drink, stopping intermittently to test the air for lion. The Crater is certainly a special place for its concentrated wildlife, incredible scenery and light.