SAFARI!

Day 3 – 25 September

NB: Almost all the photos in this post are taken by Janine or Thom.

The next morning we awake at 5:30 for 6:00 breakfast and head out on safari by 7:00. We see reebok, wildebeest, Thompson’s Gazelle, impala, water buffalo,

Water buffalo with oxpecker hitchhikers. These are massive animals.

Water buffalo with oxpecker hitchhikers. These are massive animals.

topi,

This is a Topi (antelope) and her baby.

This is a Topi (antelope) and her baby.

Then the baby decided it was time to nurse. Our guide said the baby was probably only a couple days old.

Then the baby decided it was time to nurse. Our guide said the baby was probably only a couple days old.

cassowary, ostrich,

Ostrich

Ostrich

lions,

young male lion - Thom

young male lion

cheetah,

Cheetah - T

Cheetah

leopard,

This is what we saw with our naked eye of the leopard.

This is what we saw with our naked eye of the leopard.

leopard sleeping

leopard sleeping

leopard napping in a tree

leopard napping in a tree

giraffes,

Giraffe family having lunch.

Giraffe family having lunch.

zebras,

Zebras became so common place that we stopped taking pictures of them.

Zebras became so common place that we stopped taking pictures of them.

elephants, hippos,

hippos in the Mara river

hippos in the Mara river

We didn't see many hippo faces. These were mostly submerged like this.

We didn’t see many hippo faces. These were mostly submerged like this.

crocodiles,

Crocodile on the Mara river bank

Crocodile on the Mara river bank

Crocodile lounging in the mud along the river bank.

Crocodile lounging in the mud along the river bank.

Saddlebill Stork,

A little closer view of the saddlebill stork

A little closer view of the saddlebill stork

Superb Starlings, Martial Eagle,Martial Eagle a Lilac Breasted Roller (bird), vultures,

vulture venturing toward breakfast

vulture venturing toward breakfast

and hyena.

Hyena under a tree

Hyena under a tree

I was struck by how powerful  and large this hyena is.

I was struck by how powerful and large this hyena is.

Lunch is packed for us and we have a picnic on the savanna.

safari me in the Masai Mara

safari me in the Masai Mara

I have never seen this before. It was a rainbow ring around the sun at about midday.

I have never seen this before. It was a rainbow ring around the sun at about midday.

It’s a very long day in the van when we return to camp at 4:30.

Nora, Janine, Chantelle and me holding the only rhinos we were able to spot.

Nora, Janine, Chantelle and me holding the only rhinos we were able to spot.

At 5:00 we head for the Maasai village. The men sing and dance a welcome again.

the village men sing us a welcome

the village men sing us a welcome

There are many children and dogs,

The children of the village just outside the village fence.

The children of the village just outside the village fence.

then the women do a welcome dance

Women of the village singing a welcome to us.

Women of the village singing a welcome to us.

and we tour the village.

Janine, Thom, me, Chantelle with members of Jonathan's family

Janine, Thom, me, Chantelle with members of Jonathan’s family

I tried for too long to make a fire. They finally took the stick from me to do it.

I tried for too long to make a fire. They finally took the stick from me to do it.

Cattle are kept in the center of the village,

Cattle being brought into the center of the village where they are kept during the night.

Cattle being brought into the center of the village where they are kept during the night.

houses are near the encircling fence and each family has their own gate. There are separate pens for sheep and goats.

Standing in the sheep (or goat) pen.

Standing in the sheep (or goat) pen.

Then we tour inside Jonathan’s house, which is so VERY small, dark and claustrophobic.

stick and dung house belonging to Jonathan

stick and dung house belonging to Jonathan

Not sure what this room was used for, but it was the entrance to Jonathan's house. That's a chicken walking around inside.

Not sure what this room was used for, but it was the entrance to Jonathan’s house. That’s a chicken walking around inside.

The only small window in the whole house, so it was incredibly dark and stuffy inside.

The only small window in the whole house, so it was incredibly dark and stuffy inside.

me, Thom, Janine, and Chantelle inside Jonathan's house (he took the photo)

me, Thom, Janine, and Chantelle inside Jonathan’s house (he took the photo)

He sells us necklaces and bracelets.

Bargaining with Jonathan as others look on.

Bargaining with Jonathan as others look on.

We walk to the school

As evening rolls in we walk to school.

As evening rolls in we walk to school.

and see the things painted on the walls (few to no posters, so paint the anchor charts on the wall). The small classrooms

Kandra (in scarf), me and Nora sitting at the desks in a school room.

Kandra (in scarf), me and Nora sitting at the desks in a school room.

cram 75 students in each and many of the students are boarding at the school. We walk back to the camp from the school. My foot is quite sore again. Dinner,

Nora and me with a local beer at dinner.

Nora and me with a local beer at dinner.

campfire, shower, and bed once again.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jena
    Oct 29, 2015 @ 10:08:00

    Love, love, love the photos!!! What a great trip!

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  2. Ellen Manning
    Oct 29, 2015 @ 10:45:52

    OMG! Thank god you have a really good camera. The photos are amazing and of course getting up so close to wild animals doesn’t hurt. SOOO happy you’re on this great adventure!!! ….and thanks for posting pictures so much. I really love looking at them! Love you! Ellen

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    “As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules.” ~ Mary Oliver ~

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  3. stndglss
    Oct 29, 2015 @ 13:05:44

    What an experience!!! How humbling, to see the smiles on the villagers’ faces, while I/we complain over minor inconveniences. And to see second-hand that those animals still roam the earth, free and doing what they have to do to survive…
    Oh my! thanks, Pam!

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  4. Helen Webb
    Oct 29, 2015 @ 19:38:53

    Thank you so much for sharing these memories and pictures. Amazing to see all the wild animals in their habitat.. Looked like you enjoyed yourself.

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  5. ebhoel
    Oct 29, 2015 @ 23:39:34

    Eddie and I are really enjoying your African adventure! The safari photos are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to your next post! xoxo Ellen

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