This is the second area we visited and stayed for three days. The camp is on the rim of the crater. It was colder due to its altitude and quite damp. Any clothes that I washed myself took all three days to dry! We did experience a wild storm of non stop thunder and lightening and a rain storm that was as intense as any I have been in. It happened while we were at dinner. And although the tents are substantial, it began leaking in a couple of places at the seams. Fortunately, during our time in the crater it was relatively dry.
This is, obviously, the entrance to the conservation area. It is usually occupied by baboons who will use any opportunity to raid your vehicles. We didn’t see too many. But this one fellow was happy to show off his ‘junk’.
These are photos of the camp and surrounding area. It was beautiful.
This is at the top of the crater looking in. Unfortunately, it was always shrouded in mist so I couldn’t get any clear photos of the rim as it encircled the floor of the crater.
As you can see, plenty of mist surrounding everything.
My attempt to capture a bit of the walls of the crater.
What do you know… another parade of elephants!
This one actually did come quite close to the vehicle. Not quite close enough to touch but close enough that my long zoom lens was too much!
A little scenery…
If you look at the edge of the plain, you can see wildebeest, zebra and cape buffalo just walking along..
This is a new stork for me.. the Abdim’s stork.
I like these guys. The more I see them, the more interesting I find them. So you may see more photos of them than you care to.
Although we saw many more hippos at a hippo pool elsewhere, there are a few here and I want to show the variety of wildlife in this crater. It’s like a giant zoo; different animals wherever you go. But here they are free to roam, eat, mate live and die as they wish.
And the ubiquitous Nile geese. I have never seen one of these geese without a mate. And I’ve never seen any quiet ones either!
And what’s Africa without guinea fowl!
A lioness… not to worry, there are plenty more lions to follow.
Crowned cranes pretty much everywhere.
I love how their feathers lay against their body.
Grant’s gazelle. This is a fairly small antelope but bigger than the Thompson’s gazelle which is still bigger than the dik dik.
Elephants, wildebeest, zebra, birds and lots and lots of space.
If you’re not sick of looking at photographs of elephants by the time I am through with this blog, you truly love elephants.
Although I have better photos of hyenas, I wanted to show how predators and prey can hang out in fairly close proximity…. as long as no one is particularly hungry.
These elephants were a ways below us so their size is diminished in these photos. Unless someone gets out of the vehicle and stands next to one of these bulls… well, that’s never going to happen. But this fellow has a magnificent pair of tusks. May he keep them and live long.
A hyena cub. Lots of hyena seen on this trip. I do like them very much.
Sadly, this was a close as I got to the flamingos. I was hugely disappointed but maybe my next trip….
Not quite a flamingo….
When you get a good look at those powerful legs and the size of their feet, it becomes clear that hunting an ostrich is not an easy task. They are also capable of running over forty miles an hour.
Different species sharing space.
Better end this one before it gets too cumbersome to manage.