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  • Day18

    Day 18: Masai Mara

    February 19, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    The second day was all about safari. Starting at 6am we went on a full day game drive 🐆🦒🐵🦁 And we have seen so many beautiful animals ... I will make two posts about this, one with mixed pics and one just about the cats (the kings and queens of the bush)!

    The best thing is: Most animals have babies now... so we were able to see lots of little ones.
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  • Sep9

    Kleiner Zwischenbericht

    September 9, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Habe ich eigentlich schon erzählt, dass wir hier abends alle um das Lagerfeuer sitzen? Dann gibt es Getränke und kleine Häppchen, bis der Manager Nelson oder der Koch selbst kommt und uns erzählt, was es feines gibt. Bei Regenmöglichkeit essen wir im Speisezelt, wenns trocken bleibt, unterm Sternenzelt. Bisher waren wir nur einmal im Zelt, obwohl es nur getröpfelt hat.

    Die Nächte sind kühl, der Morgen auch, aber ab Mittag wird es richtig warm.

    Sanare, unser persönlicher "Krieger" bringt uns in der Dämmerung immer von und zum Zelt. Er trägt ein Messer und einen Speer. Ich bezweifle jedoch, dass dieses zarte Persönchen uns vor einem Hippo retten könnte.

    Vom heutigen Tag berichte ich gleich, man muss die Spannung ja hochhalten. Wir sind gerade erst zurück, müssen uns frisch machen und dann zum Essen gehen.
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  • Day23

    Les portes de l'Enfer (?)

    January 28, 2020 in Kenya ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Hell's gate est un petit parc où on peut circuler en vélo ou à pied. Il se distingue aussi par de belles falaises et des pitons rocheux qui ont inspiré les dessinateurs du Roi Lion. Après avoir été trimballés en van dans les autres parcs on est bien contents de faire un peu d'exercice ! Ensuite nous prenons la longue route jusqu'à Amboseli. Les pistes sont détrempées, il y a de la boue rouge et glissante partout et le conducteur se galère pour avancer sans s'enbourber. Des bus publics empruntent pourtant ces routes chaque jour... Ici c'est la saison sèche, mais cette année il pleut. Les paysages de savane grillée sont remplacés par des étendues verdoyantes. Bref, c'est le gros bazar climatique.Read more

  • Day23

    African Massage on the way to Masa Mara

    October 15, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The trip to Masa Mara from Lake Nakuru was only about 200km but it took the best part of a day to drive there along some of the roughest roads I think I've ever travelled. In fact, just sitting in the 4WD my fitbit said I did 22,000 steps, over 14km walking, and climbed over 300 floors. No wonder I was tired. Hence the African massage.

    It's amazing to see how the scenery changed. Climbing up our of the Rift Valley, the farmland was very fertile and being used for crops and veggies etc. It was lush and green. We then drove onto the open plains - very dry, very little vegetation. Many of the villages we passed were not attractive, very poor and lots of rubbish laying around from market days.

    Masa Mara is almost on the border of Tanzania and close to the Serengeti National Park. At the right time of year we would have witnessed the Great Migration where enormous herds of Wildebeest pass through in search of good grazing land and often fall victim to lions and crocodiles when making the river crossings. I've seen it on TV and it is quite a spectacle. However, the migration had already passed through this area about a month ago so it was a shame we missed it. Still, this park is known for it's cats so maybe here we will complete our big 5 and see the leopard!
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  • Day25

    Final safari drive

    October 17, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    So we come to the end of safari drives in Africa - what more could we possibly see? As it turns out there were a couple more things that we had not already seen, mainly to do with lions.

    We came across a small pride of lions and we got photos of a mother and her 2 cubs firstly taking a drink and then the cubs suckling.

    Later we came upon a larger pride who had had full bellies from a topi (type of antelope) they had killed. One young lion was still having a go at the carcass and when he left the vultures came in to finish off the pickings. Such is the circle of life.

    There were large crocodiles resting in the mud of the river with pods of hippos just metres away. Not to mention the birds of Africa which I'll make a separate post.

    We flew out of Masa Mara in what was basically a taxi plane. Picked us up, took off, landed again after 10 minutes, then did another pick up before making the 40 minute flight to Nairobi. Brad and I are staying the night in Nairobi, another couple are returning to Australia, while the rest of the group (6 people) are doing another 5 days in Tanzania. We fly to India tomorrow to pick up another tour for 12 days.

    Africa has been wonderful. We saw much more than I expected. Although we will probably not return, I can understand the fascination that people have with Africa that keeps wanting them to come back.
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  • Day23

    Masa Mara - part 1

    October 15, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Before we checked into our accommodation we had a game drive through the park mainly because the place we were staying was at the other end of the property.

    Within minutes our guide pointed out a cheetah who appeared to be eyeing off some impala. We waited for some time in anticipation of a chase but it seemed the cheetah lost interest... or was prepared to wait much longer than we were.

    Driving further on we came to a solitary tree under which lay 5 male cheetahs. Apparently they are known by National Geographic as the five brothers who have been filming them for some time. We were lucky to come across them so easily.

    We are staying at Fig Tree Camp which is described as luxury tented camping (maybe even glamping). So imagine canvas and screened walls with zippered doors and a fully tiled modern bathroom. The camp almost seems to be an island and we have a river bank outside our front door complete with hippos and warthogs (The bank is too steep for hippos to climb). There are monkeys and baboons around and there is a young Maasai man who constantly wanders around making sure the baboons don't try and get into the tents. As far as camping goes it is not too bad.
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  • Day18

    Day 18: Kings and Queens of the bush

    February 19, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    As promised ... here is a collection of cat pics: Lions, leopards and cheetahs 🐆🦁

    They are beautiful and we were able to watch them for quite a long time! All of them are quite rare to see - so this was really amazing. You know how much I love animals ... so you can imagine how happy I was on a day like this 💛

    @Wiebke: Definitely get this camera for your SA trip 😉 all these pictures have been taken from quite far away and they turned out nicely ... even better than with my “Spiegelreflex” 👌
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  • Day17

    Day 17: Nairobi to Masai Mara

    February 18, 2019 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    At around 7am I started my East Africa journey with Nomad adventure: Today we drove from Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪

    Also, I have met the group for the first time (8 people in total) - great and fun people (30-77 years old) ✌️💃🏼 I have included a group picture below.

    Once we have arrived at Masai Mara, we visited a Masai village where the local people showed us how they live, dance, make fire etc. Afterward we went for a first game drive (Safari) in the national park 🦒🐆🐵🦁
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  • Day132

    Lake Naivasha

    September 15, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We reluctantly left the Mara, possibly our last experience wild camping in Africa. There is nothing like the experience of camping with no fences, hearing lion, elephant, hyenas and hippos ‘conversing’ through the night, and occasionally, wandering through camp.
    Drove all day to a beautiful campsite on the edge of Lake Naivasha, where we spent our last few nights living out of our Land Rover. On our drive here, we experienced our first overt attempt, since being in Africa, by a police officer to extort money. We were pulled over at a checkpoint and told we had committed a traffic offence by overtaking a truck on a solid yellow line (not sure how the cop may have seen this since he was standing on the side of the road several kilometers from where we may have potentially committed the offence). The ploy by Kenyan police, which we had learnt from others, is to give you the option to show up at court 10 days from the offence (which no tourist will be able to do) or contribute to the cop’s lunch fund. This is exactly what happened.
    In his benevolent mood, the policeman decided to forgive us the offence and said we could contribute $50 for his lunch to show our appreciation. Of course, we said this did not seem correct, and we would prefer to just pay the fine if we could get a receipt. After ~15 minutes of his trying to get us to understand that he only really wanted cash (including asking John to explain to Christy exactly what he wanted – ‘I think she understands perfectly what you want’) he finally told us to “just go”, which we did as quickly as possible, making sure to signal and put our seatbelts back on.
    While camping on the edge of the lake, we were able to enjoy watching some wonderful colubus monkeys in our campsite. Also, since our food stockpile is essentially depleted, we’ve enjoyed eating all of our meals at the local restaurant. Our last stop before returning the Land Rover will be in Karen, a cushy suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi.
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  • Day126

    Lemek Conservancy

    September 9, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We spent all day driving to a lodge on the banks of the Mara River in the relatively new Lemek Conservancy – a mixed-use conservation area for wildlife and the Maasai to live and graze their livestock – that is adjacent to the Mara Triangle Conservancy. While the tarmac roads were in good condition, they were very narrow with heavy truck and bus traffic - which was unnerving. This unpleasantness was compounded by a ridiculous number of police checkpoints. We eventually got to the edge of the conservancy and the tarmac turned to horrific, corrugated, bumpy roads from hell. The only redeeming part of the drive was that the wildebeest had migrated to this area from Serengeti and we were able to see huge numbers grazing in the conservancy, alongside large herds of zebra, gazelle, topi and giraffe. We only stayed here briefly as we were anxious to get to the famous Mara Triangle and wild camp for our final time.Read more

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