S: African Safari 2009 Book 1 Karen & Dave Miles
FC: Kenya, Africa
1: Balloon Rides | Kisses | A lovely wife, great family & good friends
2: Karen & Dave loved it! | John, Cyndy, Melanie, Anna & Kirk loved it! | The Whole Gang Loved it!!
3: Our ride (Ben) from the airport to the Fairview
4: Nairobi from the Capital Hill view point | Kenyatta International Conference Centre (L) - new Central Bank Tower (R) | Nairobi skyline
5: Our group - first night in Nairobi (L-R) Kirk & Anna Goldsworthy, Cyndy & John Chuta, Karen & Dave Miles and Melanie Kharrazi | Karen and I above the waterfall
6: Ebony carving | The waterfalls | At night, the lights were very impressive, and the frogs, very loud!
7: Entrance to the lobby | Garden Cafe- afternoon cocktail hour
8: Garden Flowers | Dinner lounge next to the Pango Brasserie
9: Wino Xing | The Lounge
10: The youngest orphans | Baby elephants would die unless cared for by these handlers who stay with them 24 hours a day | Karen & Melanie
11: Tassia (R) | Tassia | Tassia (L) | We adopted Tassia approx. 1 year before the African trip | David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
12: Teenagers | Elephants can get sunburned, especially on their ears - the younger ones more so | Disney Warthog | Real Warthogs | Two babies running to get milk
13: Time for a mud bath to help with protection from the sun | Running to get milk
14: Baby Rhino
15: Explaining how sensitive elephant youngsters are and how poaching is increasing the numbers of orphans to the center.
18: Dave & 'Laura' | Dave & 'Laura' AGAIN! (Does Karen know?) | Rothschild Giraffe | Brown-eyed'Laura'
20: Karen & 'Laura'
21: John, Cyndy, Melanie, Anna & Kirk Giraffe Center, Nairobi | Leopard Tortoise | Carvings for sale | 'Laura' | 'Laura'
22: Dave's First Class seat | Waiting to be taken to Wilson airport for our flight to the Mara | Nairobi Slums | Our pilot giving us water landing instructions
23: Flying over the Rift valley | Leaving Nairobi | On the outskirts of Nairobi
24: Masa-Musiara Airfield | South end of a North bound Lion
25: Landing among the Hippo's | Airport & Duty-Free Shop on the airfield before ours - in the middle of nowhere! | Mara River | Duty Free shop over 150 miles from nowhere
26: Thompson's Gazelle | Southern Ground Horn Bill
27: Olive Baboons | Lilac-Breasted Roller | Topi
29: Russ & Dave at the crossing | Little Governors' Camp
30: Couldn't leave your tent unless escorted Never go out at night! | Shower (hot water) | Bathroom | Our Master bedroom | Karen & laundry | Another Little visitor
31: Tall Tales, Drinks & Good Friends | Reflections of the day | This cartoon is dedicated to Wayne & Jan- During the last Safari a few years ago Jan woke during the middle of the night because she heard Elephants outside the tent & the tent was shaking. She asked Wayne to go check. Wayne said I'm not going out there, go back to sleep, there's nothing there. The next morning there were Elephant tracks all around the tent. | The Mara River
32: Karen caught Laura at the back of our tent. Was she looking for Dave? | Another successful crossing, no one was eaten, especially me!
33: 6-8 River crossings a day. Yes, there are crocs, hippos & other nasties in the river. Don't put your hand in the water!
34: Melanie & Dave enjoying lunch after the morning game drive | Taking a picture of our tent #12 | Anna and lunch buddies
35: The watering hole - lots of animals everyday | Our tent had a visitor while we were at lunch
36: Russ coming in from one of his game drives | Anna & a friend | Maasi Dance | A visitor in our tent | Karen's massage table | Another group attempting the river crossing | Karen & I made it across! | While I was out on a game drive, risking my life among the wild animals, Karen was having a massage back at camp!
37: Elephants at the water hole | Wayne taking it easy | Cyndy & John relaxing in the bar after the afternoon game drive | Dave at the bar enjoying a Tuskers | Larry, Wayne, Bill, and Rosanne studying game maps | A Disney Hyena- not a Mara Hyena
38: We surprised Karen with a Birthday cake and a Masai dance at dinner | Karen's Birthday Dance
39: Up close & personal | Lunch is served | Melanie | Lunch with the Warthogs | Wayne & Kari
40: From Left to right: | Kristi Kuipers, Wayne Samples, Heather Andrews, Dave Miles, Karen Miles, Kimberley Wernik, Russ Samples, Melanie Kharrazi, Kirk Goldsworthy & Anna Goldsworthy Rosanne Hess, Charlene Hess, Cyndy Chuta & John Chuta Kari Kuipers, Jan Samples, Bill Hess & Larry Hess
42: A successful morning hunt | Black-backed Jackal | Feeding on baby elephant carcass | Hiding the kill
43: This was to be their breakfast, a wounded Water Buffalo, they failed to bring it down when it turned to charge them. | Looking for a quick meal. The hunt pictured below failed
44: You've got to be kidding, there's no roads! | Karen likes her new friend | Baboons with youngsters | Mara Warthogs & piglets | Disney Warthog
45: Waiting for lunch | A Topi standing lookout for the Gnu | These two were in the middle of nowhere, miles from the river
46: Capt. Neal Parry | Firing up!
47: Karen's expression on finding out the Balloon only lands upright 5% of the time. | Anna & Kirk | Ready for take-off
48: Early morning preparations | Heating up | The first Balloon lifts off
49: Kirk & Anna - Do they looked scared?
50: Two Giraffe from the air after we cleared the first set of trees | Hyena on the run | Grazers in the marsh | Just floating along - all smiles | Hippo's from above
51: Water Buck | Water Buck with a zoom | Climbing to clear the first set of trees - Baboons | I took this picture of the Mara as we climbed | Our second Balloon | Topi
52: Hippo's from above | Crocodile from a safe distance
53: Mara reflections | Hippo's from on high
54: The Herds | Wildebeest skeleton
55: Wildebeest & Zebra | Out over the herds on the open plains
56: Coming in for a landing | Descending | Getting close to touch-down | Scattering the herd
57: Good Landing - No Termites were swallowed | Surrounded by animals - landing was successful, No one was eaten!
58: Hilarious Landing - everyone enjoyed the flight
59: Greeted with a glass of Champagne | Melanie, Karen, Dave, John, Capt. Parry, Cyndy, Anna & Kirk | " The difference between a Good landing and a Bad landing is the amount of termites you swallow." (Neal Perry - our captain)
60: Setting up the coffee & tea table | Crepes, sausage, eggs any style, bacon, ham, toast, juice, potatoes, fruit & coffee
62: The Maasai tribe is the most authentic ethnic tribe of Kenya | Melanie selected for her tour group | Anna and her group
63: Karen & the translator | The Maasai Translators | Heading home from their cattle herd
64: The Maasai kitchen | The entry way & family pet | Oven
65: Sleeping quarters | The roof of the hut
66: Karen walking to her group | A tour of their houses and then shopping for their handmade carvings, beads, etc. that are spread on blankets
67: The translator | Explaining the process
68: Sunrise on the day of our walking tour - Julius was selected as our driver to the drop off point in Tanzania | The backup guide, Julius, our Professional Guide, John & Kirk | John & Kirk
69: Bat-eared fox
70: Our Guide, Me & our backup guide | A Topi who thought we were a little too close | Monitor Lizard (about approx. 3 feet long) | Should an animal attack we are to remain motionless!???? | Eland
71: Dave keeping an eye out for any stray cats | At our pickup point we had a champagne breakfast - walked for 5-7 miles | Kirk just checking things out
72: Our guide explaining the workings of a Termite mound. Lots of different animals use them for homes | Luring a Wolf spider from its lair | The Wolf spider emerges from its hole | Wolf Spider
73: Safari Ants, Driver Ants or Siafu
75: The remains of Wildebeest still in its jaws (Not a Disney Croc) | Disney Croc | Didn't quite make it!
77: Ruppell's Griffon Vulture | Black-Headed Heron | African Fish Eagle | African Crowned Eagle
78: Kori Bustard | Lilac Breasted Rollers | Baglafecht Weaver | Kori Bustard | Crowned Cranes | Lappet-faced Vulture
79: African Fish Eagle | White backed Vulture | Lilac Breasted Roller
80: Marabou Stork | Egyptian Geese | Egyptian Geese | Lilac-Breasted Roller
81: Black Headed Heron | African Wattled Plover | African Darter
82: Fish Eagle | Martial Eagle | Martial Eagle
83: Maasai Male Ostrich | Maasai Female Ostrich
84: Male Ostrich | Female & Male Ostrich | Lappet-faced Vulture
85: Black-Headed Heron | African Fish Eagle | Male Ostrich
86: Helmeted Guinea Fowl | Helmeted Guinea fowl | Hartlaubs Bustard
87: Secretary Bird (snake eater)
88: Coqui Francolin | Yellow-billed Stork | Speckled Mousebird | Northern Masked Weaver
89: Saddle-billed Stork
90: Southern Ground Hornbill | Cape Starlings | Cape Starling | Southern Ground Hornbill
91: White-backed Vulture | Lappet-Faced Vulture | Lappet-faced Vulture | White-backed Vulture
92: Marabou Stork | Marabou Stork | Marabou Storks, Vultures & Sacred Ibis
93: African Grey Crowned Crane | Fish Eagle | Saddle Billed Stork
94: Sunrise First Morning Game Drive | Sunset Heading for camp from Evening Game Drive | Sunrise Morning of Balloon Ride | Sunset Heading for camp
95: Sunset Heading for camp from Evening Game Drive | Sunset on the Mara | Sunset on the Mara | Sunrise on the Mara
96: Giraffes at Sunset