Kenya Journals

Kenya Safari

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A July 2005 trip to Kenya by Norman

Flamingoes Photo, Kenya, Africa More Photos
Quote: If you want to see animals in their natural environment, this is the trip for you. On my 8-day safari in Kenya, I saw many more animals than expected and many more different species than anticipated.

Kenya Safari

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Flamingoes Photo, Kenya, Africa
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An African Safari is not a trip for everyone. However, if you truly want to see animals in their natural environment then this is the trip for you. On my 8-day safari in Kenya, I saw many more animals than expected and many more different species than anticipated. The animals are not disturbed by the safari vehicles, so it is a photographer’s dream. The downside is the roads are quite bumpy, and the drive between the National Parks will take 3 to 6 hours. These uncomfortable times were quickly forgotten as I went on each game drive. Depending on the location, I saw elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinoceros, water buffalo, cape buffalo, wildebeest, hippopotami, warthogs, topi, impala, several...Read More

Ark

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Hotel

The Ark Photo, Kenya, Africa
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The Ark is a unique hotel in Aberdare National Park where you can view many animals at your doorstep. It has three levels for animal viewing that overlook a watering hole and a salt lick. Of course, this is a natural attraction for the animals. The room is small, but you are not there for the room. You will spend much of your time on the deck observing animals. What I liked is that from this vantage point, above the watering hole, you can truly see animals interact as various species come and go throughout the day and night. I saw many elephants (I counted 28 at one time), hyenas, gazelles, cranes, rhinoceros, otter, buffalo, birds, and even a white-tailed mongoose. At about...Read More

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Amboseli National Park

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Attraction

Amboseli National Park Photo, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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Amboseli National Park lies in southern Kenya, with Mt. Kilimanjaro on its boundary. This is important because it is the water, some from melting snow, of Kilimanjaro that makes Amboseli a prime location for animal viewing. As our guide put it, "Without Kilimanjaro, there would be no Amboseli." At first glance, the land appears to be a low grass savannah. However, once you get closer and see wet areas, you realize this is the natural attraction for animals. I was surprised to see water birds similar to those I encounter in South Florida, including white pelicans. During our three game drives, I saw numerous elephants, zebras, giraffes, cape buffalos, hippopotami, hyenas, warthogs, wild...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2005

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli, Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park

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Attraction

Lake Nakuru National Park Photo, Nakuru, Kenya
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Lake Nakuru National Park in central Kenya, north of the equator, has as its main attraction thousands of pink flamingoes. I could not count them, but it is an awesome sight. From a distance, you see a thick line of pink in the lake, not being able to distinguish single birds. Lake Nakuru is the reason the park exists, and animals are plentiful. During our afternoon game drive, we saw rhinos, eland, giraffes, waterbuck, warthogs, zebras, water buffalo, impala, gazelles, baboons, and thousands of flamingoes. We drove down to the lakeside, and it was the only place during our entire safari that we could exit the vehicle. We stayed at the Lion Hill Lodge, which was very nice, with great f...Read More

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Lake Nakuru National Park

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Masai Mara Game Reserve

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Attraction

Masai Mara Game Reserve Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Our visit to the Masai Mara National Reserve is one we will remember forever. The reserve abounds with wildlife of many species. There is no wonder that this is the favorite area for tourist to view animals. Upon our afternoon arrival at Keekorok Lodge, the porter asked if we had binoculars and told us to follow him. As we walked into a mowed area, he pointed to a tree at the edge of the area, maybe 100 yards away, and said, "Look down in the shadow." Without the binoculars, I saw only a shadow, but the binoculars revealed a beautiful cheetah taking an afternoon nap. This lodge had no fences surrounding it, not that a fence can keep most animals away. Our game drives on the Mara were wonder...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara, Kenya

Baboon Attack

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Story/Tip

Sunset Photo, Kenya, Africa
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The only danger during our Kenya safari occurred when we were out on a boardwalk behind the Keekorok Lodge to photograph the sunset. Beautiful! How tranquil we felt as the sun dropped behind the trees. As soon as the sun disappeared, baboons came in for the night, filling a huge tree covering and surrounding the boardwalk about 50 feet from us. First there were a few, followed by many more. I was taping a video, seeing about 30 enter the area through the trees. Then, moments later, my wife said, "Look at the boardwalk." As I looked down through the camera, a large male baboon was walking down the boardwalk, never thinking he was walking toward us, nor realizing how close he was getting to m...Read More

Lions' Kill

Story/Tip

Vultures Photo, Kenya, Africa
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During our late afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara, we were fortunate to come upon lions eating their kill, a water buffalo. Of course, the tree full of vultures helped lead us to it.

The lions were well into devouring their food when I observed something that I would not have believed if I had not seen it. The lions did not tear apart the carcass of the huge animal to eat it; instead, it deftly ate a hole into its underside and used it as a passageway inside to eat the fresh meat. Yes, the lion went head first into the downed buffalo to eat it. At times, the lion’s full head had disappeared inside the animal. It was an amazing and unusual sight.