First a little scenery… believe me, these boulders are as big or bigger than I am, even as big as a house. There are photos later that put it into perspective.
So many acacias…
So much space..
And then the not so pretty.. The big, the bad and the ugly. I love them!
More wildebeest… but that’s pretty much why we are there…
Although all the fresh green foliage was great for the animals, it did make sighting certain animals quite a bit harder. This young cheetah was playing with its tail. Occasionally the head would pop up or a tail would swish through the air. The cheetah was enjoying itself immensely but this was all we ever saw of it.
A resting giraffe. Other than babies, I have rarely seen one resting on the ground. Probably not the easiest position to be in when running from a predator is imminent!
During the time allowed for lunch and rest between game drives, a couple of the guys offered to take us up the kopje behind the camp. We were not allowed free access to the areas around camp but as long as we were escorted we did see a few things.
An agama lizard on the rock and the chairs around the fire pit at the bottom.
It’s easy to see how the stripes of zebra in a group would be confusing to a predator. You can see the large wound on the leg of a young zebra. It didn’t seem to interfere with movement and will likely heal leaving a large scar. That’s one lucky baby!
Rocks certainly come in handy for a belly scratch!
There’s our first lion on a kopje!! He was actually fairly far away.
Not too far from him we found the rest of the pride. There are a couple of lionesses up there and a number of cubs.
Cute little bugger…
More young hyenas.. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many youngsters.
How is this not cute????
We saw several leopards and this is about as close to any of them as we got. We did see one that we could have seen much closer but from the time we saw him until we arrived at the spot we had sighted him, he managed to slink away through the long grass without a single disturbance to the grass and was long gone by the time we found the spot.
We stopped at this ranger post which is dedicated to protecting the rhinos in the area. We never did see any though.
This representation of a rhino head shows how the radio is implanted in the horn. Obviously, the horn isn’t sawed in half to put it there…
We took a walk up a kopje where a cave has some early Maasai paintings. They been there for several hundreds of years.
These white pocked marks are actually round depressions on the rock that the Maasai used to bang with another rock to make a ringing sound that could be heard across the plains.
Our guides… they were with us throughout the entire trip (except for Ruaha).
Told you some of the boulders where big! There were plenty more even larger.
This is the main rock they used for ringing. It truly was amazing. I had no idea a big rock would make such a sound.
Have no idea what this bird is but I like how the colors of the bird complement the colors surrounding the bird.
This looks as if it could be the long crested eagle. But I am not at all sure.
Even Africa has tiny shore birds and gulls.
A red necked spur fowl.
I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of the common hoopoe for a long time. They don’t hang around and pose like the rollers do. But this guy stayed around long enough for some photos although I do wish we’d been closer.
The mist settles in the early morning light and creates this bluish purple landscape.
Back on the road… this little guy was taking the easy way to find family.
There’s mom… or some family member.
Giraffe have such beautiful faces.. or perhaps its only in the eye of the beholder..
Giraffe have the most amazing tongue. It’s quite long, thick and very facile. It would have to be to work around those spines on the acacia.
So while we were watching this impala pair we noticed someone else was watching them as well…..
We watched them for a while. The impala didn’t seem to realize the leopard was there but the leopard didn’t seem interested in doing anything but watch.
These are bat eared fox. Those big ears help them hear grubs and other insects under ground. They dig them up. I’ve seen them a few times and never have I ever seen only one. If they’re resting, it’s always a pile.
These are dwarf mongoose. They love to occupy old termite mounds. It was a pleasure to be able to observe them for a period of time more or less sitting relatively still without darting in and out of the mound.
Olive baboons with youngsters playing, playing, playing.
Baby too young to play yet.
These young baboons are quite busy watching other young baboons..
Baboons this age always remind me of Doby the house elf!
I’ll leave you with these penetrating eyes. This seems long enough. Might as well quit here and start another.