Sunday, 5 September 2010

Kenya Safari 20th - 29th June 2010. Masai Mara

The last safari of the holiday, more Lions were around, the only member of the Big 5 not seen was Leopard, this was being frantically looked for, in the middle of this I found my only Masai Mara Eagle, a quite distant Tawny Eagle being constantly mobbed by two small birds. Later a Jackal to add to the variety and a White Backed Vulture. I would definitely agree, if you get the chance to go to Africa - you should go!

Kenya Safari 20th - 29th June 2010. Masai Mara

Went on an extra safari today (one that isn't part of the itinerary), seeing as it was the last day before flying home, decided to make the most of my time in Kenya. This was a longer safari, we left late morning just after the early morning safari and back early afternoon, back for the afternoon/late evening one.
Which meant we could travel further, first a group of vultures, which contained a Lappet Faced Vulture, after much searching we (the guide) found a large pack of lions all asleep under a large tree and obscured by long grass, occasionally a pair of eyes would peer out.
Further up I could make out a Raptor in a tree, which turned out to be a Verreaux's Eagle Owl and a bit later 3 Lions walking down the track towards us.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Another day, another safari in the Masai Mara, a Lioness out hunting, a Hippo wallowing in a river (Hippo's could be heard from our accommodation at night) a Hooded Vulture and a bit of drama unfolded when at first lots of Vulture's where feeding on a carcass, when a Hyena appeared in the distance, the Hyena got closer and closer, then promptly came straight in and walked off with the meal.

Kenya Safari 20th - 29th June. Masai Mara

The last Safari destination was the famous Masai Mara. The terrain was much more open, with scattered bushes, good for big cats (and vultures). Slightly strange looking Secretary birds could be found here too.

Kenya Safari 20th - 29th June. Lake Nakuru National Park.

One of the things Lake Nakuru is most famous for, is it's Flamingos, a large White Rhino broke into a quick jog next to the lake and as we turned the corner in the Safari Mini Bus in the woodland, we came across a family of Baboons, some of which were happy to pose!

Kenya Safari 20th - 29th June. Tree Tops and Lake Nakaru.

The next stop on the safari was the famous Tree Tops tree lodge, like a giant hide on stilts, with accommodation cabins, bar and restaurant. Tree Tops overlooks a water hole, with many observation places, the Elephant photo was obtained by sticking my camera through a hole in the basement hide. After Tree Tops it was on to the Lake Nakuru National Park, if I'm honest, if I had one target it would be African Fish Eagle, I was lucky that almost as soon as we entered the park, one was sat conveniently in a tree. I needed help ID'ing the other raptor which is an Augur Buzzard, the park is also famous for White Rhino's.