Thursday, September 8, 2011

Masai Mara Trip

We spent a couple nights and three days of vacation in the Masai Mara of Kenya to witness for ourselves the great migration of wildebeests and zebras that occurs during this time of year...only we missed it because the animals left early due to drier conditions. Oh well, we had a wonderful time anyway. There were plenty of animals to watch, appreciate and learn from including elephants, cape buffalo, wart hogs, mongoose, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, wildebeest, zebra (those that didn't go across the river), crocodiles, hippos, baboons, impala and other DLT's (deer-like things). We traveled with our good friends, the Thayns, which made it all the more enjoyable. We stayed at Governors Camp which is unfenced, so wild animals have been known to wander through the area...in fact, a couple days before we arrived there was a big lion that passed by in front of our tent. You may ask how we know that?? From the big paw prints in the dried mud!!
We are always amazed at the Creator's skill and His handiwork. The animals, birds, plants, sunrises and sunsets were so appreciated by us all. Hope you will enjoy the pictures from our trip and marvel at His great blessings to us, His children.




This group of elephants were so congenial. They stayed in this position for awhile allowing us to take movies and just enjoy watching them. The bird to the right is a saddle-billed stork. Can you see why?




This Secretary bird must have wanted to get away from the annoying jackals that like to chase them.






Here is an unusual site during the day, a hyena taking home a treat for the little ones.


Our guide and driver, Joseph, was very knowledgeable and at times could tell us what the animals were thinking; like the experience of the male impala who tried to stop one of his females from running away only to loose his entire harem of about 40 females to another male. It was so interesting watching the drama and having Joseph interpret it all.

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Cara said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your adventure with us. I'm sure I will never have the opportunity to see it in person, but this is the next best thing!

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Losing a harem of forty?!!!! The guy should have been grateful. I hope that you had a strong door on that tent because I would hate to be sleeping there and have a lion wander in and invite himself in due to the yummy aroma of sleeping humans.....you probably don't even have a door on your tent, do you?

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