I just don’t know where to start. There was a large area with a pool of water and swamp beyond. There were so many birds there that I think I will just do them separately. I know most of us think of large mammals and reptiles when we think of Africa but I just can’t ignore the birds. So that will come later. One of the first things we encountered was a hyena den with some youngsters hanging out. I love these guys!
The famous elephants of Amboseli were constantly on the move….
It isn’t always easy to get out of the swamp while you’re a little one!
Here’s some pictures that I hope give you a sense of the place.
Even in a place filled with water and swamps, there is plenty of arid land.. and dusty, as you can see.
You have no idea how thrilled I was to see Mt. Kilimanjaro…. even if only a third of it made an appearance!!!
These are Somali ostrich. Compared to the ‘regular’ ostrich, its legs and neck have a blue hue.
At Mashatu the most common antelope was the impala. Here at Amboseli they were not nearly as common. This is a Grant’s gazelle. The Grants and the smaller Thompson’s gazelle were most abundant.
A little Thompson’s gazelle
This species of giraffe are called Maasai giraffe. Their spots are like stars.
These tiny dik-diks are always found in pairs.
The handsome waterbuck
Finally, I get to meet hippos!!
Some herds of wildebeest although not even close to the numbers at Masai Mara.
And my first herd of buffalo!
Lions, of course!
Now where the heck is he????
Amboseli is the place we saw the lions mating. This is only a very few of many documenting this ‘event’.
We spent a morning with a woman who works for AWF on their heartlands. She took us to a conservancy to show us some of their work. In the midst of this wild area, the Maasai were grazing their cattle and goats. Rangers are supposed to keep them out. During dry seasons they are allowed to bring in their herds for water but then they are supposed to move on out. It is a relentless job. One of the things AWF tries to do is work on the relationships with the local people. In nearly all cases, the researchers and liaison people are all Kenyans.
A little ‘life’ on the way to the conservancy.
The camp we stayed in was unprotected by an electric fence so Maasai men were on ‘guard’ duty after dark so that if you needed to get around, they were there to escort you. One afternoon, some of the men in our group asked the Maasai to throw their spears. They agreed only if the men in our group would also attempt to throw it. They aimed at a pole. I’m sure you can imagine the outcome.
The end of my first visit to one of the National Parks of Kenya.