On our first day at Serengeti camp, we came upon a mother cheetah and cubs on the afternoon game drive. They were sleeping, as cats usually do. Our guide said there were four cheetah cubs. We couldn’t make out four cubs, but by now, we knew better than to doubt the guide on counting animals.
We kept our distance and watched. Occasionally a head would pop up for a moment and plop back down. After 40 minutes, several heads popped up at the same time. Now we can see three cubs. It’s getting dark.
Five minutes later the entire family is awake. A proud mother and her four cubs, posing for us.
They get up and stretch. My yoga instructor would be proud of these cats. The cheetah cub does a cat pose. The mother cheetah does a variation of the downward facing dog pose, a cat with its head up.
And then the rain started. They went for cover.
They played for a bit and then ran off, through the rain, into the night.
We had a great visit with the cheetah family. It was dark, and we had a long drive back to camp in the rain, on dirt roads.