Thursday, 28 May 2009


Topi (Damaliscus lunatus jimela)
Paradise Plain, Masai Mara (Kenya)
September 2007

The Topi is quite common in the Masai Mara. It is rather similar in appearance to Coke's Hartebeest, but has a darker tan coat and has plum-coloured thigh patches.


  1. The stance of the Topi on the right is so giraffe like, it always makes me wonder how those tiny legs carry such a stout body, especially when they are in flight from the speedy cheetah. I have a compassion for the Topi as they seem to be on so many predators menu.

  2. Hi Xavier

    Are you back from the Mara yet and if so did you have a great time? (I think I know the answer)!
    Looking forward to seeing you pictures posted, particularly those of the cheetahs as they are my favourite of the Cats.
    We are returning to the Mara next year and have previously stayed at Governors Camp. We are hoping to go for longer next year, so could I be cheeky and ask if you have any recommendations of any other camps? We would love to visit Rekero - any info would be gratefully received.
    Thank You and Kind regards


  3. Hi Anita,

    Life has been very busy lately. I only just found your comment. Me and my wife have returned from the Mara in September but, as I said, very busy times, so I have to sort out my pics. Don't worry, I'll be posting them as soon as I can.
    Recommendations: go for Rekero! It's an intimate place with very good guides. The camp hosts are fantastic and you have to hear Masai guide Jackson Looseyia's stories.

  4. Nice shots!!! Good job!!!