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Kenya | Excursionists

Leopard – one of the most stunning of all

The day we saw the leopard was incredibly exciting, they are one of the most difficult animals to find as they hunt at night and often sleep up in trees during the day.

We had been searching the previous day but it had proved to be very elusive so when we managed to get SO close to this one, it was an ‘awesome’ experience.

On one of our last days on safari, our Masai driver and guide, Mandila, stopped on the plains at sunset for what had become our customary African sunset glass of wine. The tree we stopped at was particularly of interest as when we looked up, we saw the carcass of what had obviously been lovely meal for one of the leopards.

Quite a feat when you think that the animal was probably heavier than the leopard itself !!

Wildebeest on the move

There were hundreds of thousand Wildebeest on the plains of the Mara and in amongst them were their constant travelling companions, zebra.

They say that the zebra are the ‘eyes’ of the wildebeest, the early warning system if you like. The wildebeests’ eye are more on the side of their faces so although their peripheral vision is good, they don’t always see well what is right in front of them whereas the ┬ázebra don’t miss a trick !

Pumba makes an appearance

I remember seeing the Lion King show in Disneyland Florida when it first came out all those years ago. I have to admit that Pumba was one of my favourite characters!

This particular warthog in the Masai Mara made a very startled appearance just as we were driving past, he stared at us in horror, then reversed back into his hole, however, unfortunately for him, his ‘mate’ must have been right behind him and he ┬ábacked down onto her tusks!

They both shot out of the hole like rockets and screamed off over the plains!

It was a hilarious moment, has us in stitches every time we see the photo!

Hippo on the Plains

I hadn’t imagined just HOW many animals we would be seeing on Safari in the Masai Mara, it seemed like wherever you looked there was something unbelievably enormous walking past!

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

What a start to our African safari adventure! We visited the Sheldrick elephant orphanage in Nairobi where young elephants are brought to after being rescues from out in the wild, in many cases where the mother has been killed by poachers!

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Ole Sereni Hotel – Nairobi

Arrived in Nairobi, too dark to see anything yet. Hotel really good, has a fab African feel, African art everywhere of course. Very earthy colours scheme, terracotta, brown, red.
Looking forward to our visit to the David Sheldrake Elephant Orphanage tomorrow !

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Off on our travels- Masai Mara here we come !

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Great way to start a trip, good book and a glass of champagne!
Starting our trip to Kenya, 2 days in Nairobi, 4 days on safari to the Governor’s Camp, Masai Mara.
Looking forward to it although I’m probably more nervous of the people than the animals, at least you know that if they get a chance the animals will eat you, people are MUCH more unpredictable !