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BC: By Nancye Scalamandre 2012


1: Mount Kilimanjaro by air | Masai Mara | Lewa Downs | From Rwanda to Kenya | Nairobi

2: Friday am February 17, 2012 First stop - Sheldrick's Animal Orphanage Nairobi, Kenya | Mud Bath Time !!

3: My adopted baby elephant- Kithaka

4: Soccer & play time | Kithaka

5: Kithaka

6: Feeding Time !

7: Keepers quarters

8: Rothschild Giraffe

9: The Giraffe Center Nairobi, Kenya

10: From West Nairobi ... | Sugarcane | The Strand Hotel - held our luggage | The Slums | Sleeping under a truck in a tire

11: The Rift valley | Nairobi from the air | The largest slum in Africa in Nairobi | Masai Villages

12: ... to the Masai Mara February 17, 2012

13: Masai guide Jonathan picked us up for evening game drive en route to The Mara Leisure Camp | Giraffes African Crowned Cranes

14: Baby elephant chasing a bird | Southern ground hornbill

15: Older hyena

18: Southern ground hornbills & Common Zebras

20: Cheetahs

22: Arrival to Mara Leisure Camp Friday, February 17th evening

23: Lobby of Mara Leisure Camp Outside under construction

24: Our tent - Nyati 5 On the Talek River

25: View from our front porch Masai tribesmen herd cattle and goats to the river Can hear the cowbells throughout the day

26: Saturday February 18, 2012 Ready at 6:30 am for safari game drive

27: The Talek Gate on the Masai Mara

30: Topi antelope

31: Thomson's Gazelle

34: Male Impala

35: Mother lion with her 3 cubs

38: Me watching the lions

48: Elephant nourishment

56: Warthogs !

58: The other half of our group watching the lions

60: Thomson's Gazelle

61: Black Back Jackals

62: Wildebeests

63: Jonathan, our Masai guide for the stay, with a wildebeest skull

64: Hyena passing the herd

66: Masai herding cattle to the river next to camp

67: Back to camp for breakfast | The wealth of the Masai is measured by how many cattle a family owns

68: At ll:00 am, a visit to a Masai village

69: Highest jumper | The warrior who jumps the highest is most desirable to the tribal women

71: Into the village

73: Masai diet consist of 4 things - a mixture of blood and milk, corn and meat | Masai village from the air

75: Making fire

76: Bartering with the Masai | Elephant hair bracelets, beaded jewelry, cattle horn key chains, lion's teeth, gazelle horns - $5.00 for most trinkets

78: Back to camp for lunch and free time | Kenyan beer | A chameleon joined us for lunch

79: View from our tent's front porch | Black faced velvet monkeys by the river

81: Black faced velvet monkeys came up to the porches to hang, play, and eat berries from the trees

84: Saturday afternoon safari game drive 4 pm to 7 pm | Church

86: Cape Buffalo

89: Impalas

90: "Notch" from Notch pride sleeping under bush | Denise

91: Yellow billed stork | Egyptian Geese | Smallest of all antelopes | Hippos on the Mara River

93: Lioness with her daughter and 3 cubs under 1 month old | From Notch Pride -

98: On the way out to the Mara River for a day trip with picnic lunch

99: Masai living - doing the wash and herding cattle

100: Day trip to the Mara River Sunday February 19, 2012

102: Using the rock to ease an itch

105: Cheetahs

110: Wildebeests, Waterbucks & Impalas

114: On the way to the river we came upon a lion kill. with 2 young males...

115: Spent a while watching the action...

116: Hyenas and vultures come in to scavenge

117: The lions return...

120: Chased away again

122: Hyenas attempting to get a meal again | Bored or tired ?

123: Stealing!

124: Again, the lion has to contend with scavengers...

126: Although tired, the lion reclaims his kill | His sibling comes into help

127: Both lions now guarding their meal | Only to be challenged again !

128: All wait for the lions to leave -

129: Full and exhausted they remain next to the remnants

137: Zebras running along side our vehicle

138: Topi on a termite mound keeping watch | Secretary bird

139: Black rhino--Endangered

141: Watching the crocodiles in the Mara River

142: Lunch on the Mara River with one of our guides, Bernard Naurori

143: Birds visiting with us

144: Baboons

145: Hippos in the Mara River

149: Mongoose family

151: Mara Leisure Camp staff

152: Sunday night dinner by the pool & Bev's birthday

155: Monday February 20, 2012 My birthday! Last morning in the Mara - hoping to see the last of the Big 5 - THE LEOPARD | Superb starlings

160: Hyena sniffing around tree... above, leopard with kill hanging from branches

161: Searching for Olive, the leopard, who usually is found in this area | We didn't find Olive, but apparently her sister and her cub

164: Playing with her cub

170: Back to camp for brunch | and surprise birthday cake

172: Saying goodbye to our guides and Mara Leisure Camp

173: Last game drive before boarding plane back to Nairobi

176: The largest antelope, the Eland, was trying to protect her calf from a lioness - Unfortunately the calf didn't make it

178: Goodbye to the Masai Mara

179: 3 days in the Mara - The Big Five

180: Back in Nairobi to Sheldricks Animal Orphanage for a private visit at 5 pm | Maxwell - a blind black rhino | Coming in from out in the field back to their stalls for feeding and sleep

182: Wild warthogs wander in and out of the orphanage

184: KITHAKA | Feeding, playing and resting | The gray blanket simulates the side of a mother elephant | Best birthday ever - leopard in the morning, adopting a baby elephant in the afternoon

185: Kithaka, born on November 12, 2011, was about a week old when found orphaned after his mother and the rest of the herd were apparently being chased out of a human settlement near the Ruiri outpost in the Imenti Forest. The calf wandered into an adjacent village looking for company and the KWS rangers rescued him and brought him to the Nairobi Nursery. He was named Kithaka, the Meru word for forest. He is a real character, larger than life, full of attitude and well loved by the older orphans

186: Shops on the way back to Fairview Hotel | Overnight at the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi

187: To the smaller airport for a morning flight to Lewa Downs | Artwork in the airport gate

188: Lewa Downs Tuesday February 21, 2012 | White stork

189: White Brow Sparrow Weaver males make nests on Acacia tree

190: Gray Back Shrike | Eastern Chanting Goshawk | Wattle, Superb Starling, Eurasian Roller

191: Somali Ostrich family We helped reunite 1 of 4 babies that the father lost Drove truck behind baby until mom was able to locate in the tall grass | Tawny Eagle

193: White Back Vultures

194: Main house front | Back | The path to tent #4 | The office and gift shop

196: Our shower and bathroom | Our Tent

197: Our guide for the 2 days "Festus" | Inside the main house where we ate our meals and relaxed

198: Tuesday pm game drive White Rhinos - More social than Black Rhinos, black are solitary and considered endangered White are heavier in weight Got name from word meaning "wide mouth" White are grazers eating mostly grass -Black are browsers eating trees, bushes, shrubs. White has broad flat upper lip while black has pointed, prehensile upper lip

201: Grevy's Zebra and Grant's Gazelle

204: Cape Buffalo hanging with a crocodile

206: 2 Hippos

207: Mount Kenya

208: Birds taking advantage of branch decor on wall of veranda

209: Visitors on the back veranda at meal times

210: White-Bellied Go-Away-Bird | We had the privilege of hearing his nonstop calls outside of our tent

211: Wednesday February 22, 2012 morning game drive | Mount Kenya in background

220: Water buck | Grant's Gazelle | Kori Bustard | Red Chested Cuckoo

221: Reticulated Giraffes

222: After am game drive, Festus drove Denise and I to Nanyuki to go to the Mt. Kenya Wildlife Animal Orphanage

223: Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Nanyuki, Kenya | Impala | African Crowned Crane

224: Sykes Monkey | Colobus Monkey

227: Bush Pig living with Warthog

228: Caracals

229: Cheetah | Zebroid- hybrid Grevy's Zebra & horse | Suni -- smallest antelope

230: Endangered Species | Bongo | Sokoke Forest Cat

231: Nakumatt the Walmart of Africa | Festus wife's craft shop

232: Back to Lewa for a pm game drive

233: Egyptian Geese | Blacksmith Plover | Oryx

234: Grevy's Zebra differs from the Common Zebra in the Mara- larger in size, stripes stop at belly, weaker backbone

235: ...they also have white tails & rounder ears

236: Now that's a stream of pee

240: Treecol | Doo Doo | Goodbye to our guide at Lewa - Festus & to our hosts, Murray & Isza

241: Two young elephants sparring with each other | Thursday February 23, 2012 Game run on way to airstrip for 11:30 am flight to Nairobi

242: Black Face Velvet monkeys

245: Crowned Crane | Sacred Ibis | Black Headed Heron

250: Hadada Ibis

251: Giraffes next to air strip | Goodbye to Lewa Downs Conservancy

252: Back to the Fairview Hotel in Nairobi with a day room until our flight in the evening | Ostrich egg with room number painted on it

253: Cat nap at outdoor restaurant

254: From Nairobi to | Amsterdam on KLM to | Atlanta on Delta | Friday February 24, 2012

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