We travelled south from Mbita stopping overnight in Kiisi before taking to the rough back roads to Talek at the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Riverside Camp at Talek was our accommodation for two nights to give us opportunities for trips out into the adjacent game reserve. The camp sits on the banks of the Talek River which was somewhat lacking in water as the area awaited the rains that were so badly needed.
Some steps led down to the river but were strictly out-of-bounds: the reasons for this soon became apparent when a large crocodile was spotted basking, in the heat of the day, on the rocks below. A monitor lizard swam past; woodland kingfishers patrolled the stretch, diving in occasionally after a fish; and a pair Egyptian geese had set up home with a stick and down nest in one of the riverside trees. There were plenty of other birds to be seen too including a cardinal woodpecker and a white-throated bee-eater.
Waterbuck came to the riverside at dawn and through the night the river was visited by a few larger creatures including some noisy elephants. Vervet monkeys made a nuisance of themselves around camp though not as much as the baboons as they are prone to entering the cabins and stealing things: doors had to stay locked.
Just outside the camp we came across a brightly coloured chameleon perched in one of the roadside bushes.