Another dig through the archives produced this image. While this wasn’t the only cheetah we saw on the Mara, it was by far the best spotting we had of one, and definitely the most unexpected. We were moving from one campsite to another when we noticed a group of vehicles and headed in their direction. The cheetah’s demeanour was as different from that of the complacent, indifferent lions as could be. Even though it was taking an afternoon siesta, its eyes were never closed and its body always alert: this graceful animal was ready to run.