Cheetahs are awesome

We were driving back to camp after our second day at Maasai Mara, the sun had already set, and all of a sudden we skidded to a stop on the track leading out of the reserve. Right there, sitting beside a large rock on the side of the road, was a cheetah.

Somewhat unnerved by our proximity and the noise of our stop, it got up and started walking away. I fumbled to take a few shots (having already put my camera away), most of which came out blurry, but I managed to get one decent shot in the low light as the cheetah paused for a moment before heading further off. I felt so lucky. A real live cheetah, right there in front of us! Wow.

Cheetah in grass at dusk at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
The first cheetah we stumbled upon at dusk

Rufus brought along one of the Maasai from the camp to help spot game during our game drives. His eyes were like binoculars. On the afternoon of our third day we were looking at zebras and he gestured far off in the distance. We tried to spot what he had seen through the binoculars with no luck. So Rufus headed off in that direction, towards what ended up being one of my favorite moments from the safari. The Maasai had spotted a mama cheetah and her two cubs.

We parked nearby and watched them for what must have been over an hour. Mostly they just looked in our direction and occasionally dozed. We stopped watching them for an elephant turf war, and then came back to them just before dusk when they started to get up and move around. Their combined cuteness was overwhelming.

Cheetah with two cubs at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Mama and her two cubs

Cheetah and cub stretching at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Two cheetah cubs at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Two cheetah cubs huddling together
Two cheetah cubs at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Double the cuteness
Mama cheetah walking at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Mama walking around
Cheetah with cub at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Mama cheetah with one of the cubs
Cheetah on track at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Mohawked baby cheetah sitting on the track
Baby cheetah at Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Too cute!


Ahhh! Baby cheetahs! This made my day. It looks like you both are having an amazing time, the animals photos are stunning. Looking forward to more animals – you are seriously inspiring me to put Africa on my short list of places to go to this fall :)


Shannon, and put Maasai Mara on your short list’s short list. After 19 days on our overland trip, having visited several other parks and reserves, nothing has quite lived up to the animal awesomeness that was “The Mara”…

olga pillai

They are gorgeous! They need protection! I would have loved to have seen them.

They are soooo cute !! Thanks for sharing them ! The mowhak baby cheetah is just priceless !!


Cheetahs are my favorite animals in the whole wide world I have many reasons but I’m not going to get into that. Anyways I’ve seen lots of cheetahs in my lifetime but
never one in the wild you are so lucky! All of your great pictures are well GREAT I exspelliously LOVE the baby cheetah photos! I am so happy another person LOVES cheetahs as much as I DO! So keep on LOVING CHEETAHS!!! But really you are SUPER lucky to see one in the wild!


I ❤️ Cheetahs SO MUCH!!! This is me for Cheetahs: or !!! I LOVE Cheetahs more than almost ANYONE in the intire UNIVERSE!!!


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