8 March: second day on Safari

Today we have two Safari. The first we are leaving at 630am. We get a wakeup call at 6am, which as there are no phones in the room consists of a knock on the door and tea on a tray.

We head off – the first animal is the same lone bull elephant devouring another tree. Then the zebra, giraffes, buffalo, gazelles, and Topi.IMG_7343
This morning we also see 4 lions in the distance. First it was one peering out of the bush then walking into the clearing, then followed by another three. Then we drove to where a young male and female were sleeping in the sun a metre from our car, completely unperturbed by our presence.IMG_7376
We sat by a hyena den for about 20 minutes first watching the adults then after a few minutes, babies came tumbling out of the den. They were very curious and came very close to the car, sniffing the air around us. The adults paid us no attention at all. The hyenas live in packs headed by a dominant female, unlike most other packs or herds that have a dominant male heading the group.IMG_7356IMG_7361On the way back to camp we saw some mongoose and another family of baboons.

At camp I was amazed how much the river level had risen over night because of the rain.IMG_7383

For breakfast I had yoghurt and fruit plus eggs, tomatoes and a sausage, then had nothing to do until lunch. I had a nap and caught up with messages from family and friends. Lunch was three courses again – soup, chicken or stir-fry beef followed by dessert. I had chicken accompanied by white wine.


Hippo and crocodile on the other side of river from our camp

After lunch I had a massage booked to hopefully help my very sore neck. What a work out, with over an hour of being pummeled and kneaded.

Then off again on safari. Once again we saw all the animals we had seen already, checked in on the lion couple they were still asleep with another male lying close by.

Jonathan told us that lions can sleep up to 21 hours a day. Lions live in packs headed by a dominant male. When the other males are about 2-3years old they have to leave the pack unless they are litter brothers. Litter brothers will live together happily throughout their life. Having two or more litter brothers as head of a pack means they are unlikely to be challenged for dominance by another male.IMG_7408

IMG_7411We saw the huge herd of buffalo again; Buffalo will kill lion cubs if they get the chance, to ensure they don’t get the chance to grow up to hunt them. They don’t kill hyena, leopard or cheetah babies. When lions, leopard, hyena or cheetah try to hunt an animal in the herd the buffalo group together and rush the animal to drive it away.


Buffalo and zebra

We saw a huge group of baboons, about 70 at least in the trees and on the ground with lots of little ones riding on the mother’s backs.

We stopped at sunset up on a ridge watching the sunset with a nice cold glass of rose that had been provided in a chilli bin for the occasion.


Sunset drinks. Evening thunderstorm getting close


With guides Johnathon and Wilson

IMG_7428Once again rain is threatening with thunder and lightning so we head back to camp. Tonight we get there just before the rain starts and managed a quick shower before dinner.

Once again a nice warm fire were we sat and had a gin and tonic followed by a Kenyan meal. A very nice combination of chicken and vegetables and beef stew that had was spicy, with oven warm rolls and butter with a nice glass of red, yum. Once again Reuben was our waiter.

Back to the tent with rolled back covers and hot water bottles waiting. I could get used to this. Perhaps I should add having hot water bottles put into our sleeping bags into the next TDA feedback survey.


Early morning safari drive


Karen Blixen Camp


Our tent at Karen Blixen Camp

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