Saturday, 29 September 2012
Sunday, 16 September 2012
- Patrick Muigai at Roving Rovers supplied the "Mystery Machine", which survived a drowning in the flash flood at Siana.
- Tiju Aziz, our good friend in Voi, sorted our internet connectivity problems again for the second year and also gave us a lovely coffee mug each (currently being used as we type!). If you need any tech help in Voi, then Ashtech Systems is the place to go!
- The staff at Ndololo Safari Camp, who went out of their way to make us feel welcome and ensure we had somewhere to sleep when some of the tents took three days to arrive.
- Everyone at Ngutuni Safari Lodge. A wonderful friendly place, with excellent food, beautiful rooms and everything overlooks a busy waterhole. A fine, relaxing place to sit with a cold Tusker and watch the many visitors to the waterhole.
- Whoever the safari guide who told us about the Leopard near Kuldip's Ponds in Tsavo West was, asante sana! You ended a six-year hunt for us :-)
- All the staff at Rhino Valley Bandas in Tsavo West National Park, who made our short stay in this stunning setting in the beautiful Ngulia Hills a delight.
- All the staff at the Milimani Backpackers, who are always friendly and welcoming. This is a delightful place to stay, with simple but clean accommodation, helpful staff and a great atmosphere in the restaurant/bar. See you next year!
- The Masai community around Siana, who helped us when the Mystery Machine succumbed to a flash-flood; especially the families in Julius's village, who looked after the Rav4 that Lockhart and Pam were driving, as it could not get all the way to Siana Springs Lodge.
- Ray and Gail Damazo, who stopped to help us out in the flash-floods. With their driver William, they winched the stricken Land Rover onto drier land so that it could be recovered by the engineers at Siana. They also gave us a lift through the treacherous conditions to Siana Springs Lodge and checked up on us to make sure we were ok the following day before we left. Ray and Gail founded the Masai Dental Clinic, which provides important dental care to the Masai communities in the Mara and beyond.
- Everyone at Siana Springs Lodge, who went out of their way to make us welcome after our "dooking" in the flash-flood. We'd especially like to thank Emanuel, who made sure they had accommodation to fit us in and all the lads in the Land Rover Workshop, who toiled through the night to get the Mystery Machine back on the road.
- We'd also like to say a huge thank-you to the men and women of the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Community Rangers, who put their lives on the line daily to protect the amazing flora and fauna of this incredible country.
|The Mystery Machine as the floods subsided.|
|Two days later we were driving round the Nairobi National Park in the same Landy!|
Friday, 14 September 2012
|Karen photographing the young orphans|
|Explaining the Elephants' life cycles and life stories to visiting school children|
|Bink snapping one of the larger babies getting a bottle-feed|
|The circumstances of each Elephant's rescue were explained to the visitors|
|Kibera, home to around a million people|
Thursday, 13 September 2012
|Impala on the move|
|Spot the danger!!!|
|Something in the air...Could he detect a female in heat?|
|Bink photographing Lion porn|
|The Happy Couple|
|Cute little Rock Hyrax|
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
|The King of Beasts|
|White Rhinoceros against the backdrop of the Nairobi skyline|
|Female Purple Grenadier (thanks Steve!)|
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Saturday, 8 September 2012
|Elephant and Impala|
|Later we would wish the Giraffe had stomped on the Baboons!|
|Elephants splashing around in the water along the Pipeline Road|
|The Lovely Lesser Kudu|
|Karen taking photos at Lugard's Falls|
|Lion having a cat-nap|
|The Baboons have got far too used to thinking of Humans as a source of food|
|Southern Ground Hornbill hunting in Kanderi Swamp|
|Zebra trio at Ngutuni|
|A family of Elephants at the Ngutuni Waterhole|
|Elephant and a dazzle of Zebra at the Ngutuni waterhole|
|A massive herd of several hundred Buffalo barge the Elephants out of the waterhole|
|A stroppy Elephant chases the poor Warthogs away from the waterhole|
|Buffalo and Elephant squaring up at the waterhole|
|Junior has fun chasing the poor downtrodden Warthogs...again|
|A clash of tusk on horn as the Buffalo and Elephant clash|
|Unstriped Ground Squirrel on the balcony of our banda|
|Saddle-Billed Stork at Kuldip's Ponds|
|Our gorgeous spotted friend with her Impala kill|
|Close-up of our beautiful Leopard|
Friday, 7 September 2012
After six years of visiting Kenya, we finally completed our big five sightings. This morning we found a beautiful female Leopard up a tree with her Impala kill. The picture here was taken on a phone but once we have downloaded today's images we will have some absolute beauties to share with you, provided Safaricom stops timing out whenever we try to log on.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
OK, so Tiju helped us out with a new sim and we got the Safaricom dongle up and running for long enough on a painfully slow cinnection to send her a brief thank you...but we haven't been able to log on since, due to the poor connections Safaricom now has. We are currently in Rhino Valley Bandas, where last year we had a solid 3G connection but this year there is an intermittent 2G connection that cuts out before the dongle has time to log on. We are hoping there will at least be a working connection in Nairobi on Saturday, then we can upload a mega-blog. We have so many stories to share including Howard losing his wedding ring in a fight with a baboon!
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Apologies for the lack of updates and for this short update but we are still unable to connect to Safaricom with the dongle. We suspect our sim has been disabled because it has not been used for 11 months. We finally got Locks & Pam's baggage this morning from Voi. We have seen lots of wildlife, as usual and will give a graphically rich update once we solve the Safaricom problem, hopefully tomorrow. This update is from a phone app but as orange charges nearly £7 a mb we will leave images until we get the dongle working.
Sunday, 2 September 2012
We are having connectivity problems so this Will be a short update.
After a long uncomfortable flight, with no in-flight entertainment, we arrived to find Lockhart and Pam's luggage was not on the plane, leaving them without tent etc. This left us unable to camp, so we booked a night at the lovely Ndololo Safari Camp in Tsavo East. Here are a few pics from the short game drive last night on our way to the camp.