Once again we are heading back to Kenya. Our previous safaris in Kenya have provided some incredible moments and since 2011 we have been sharing our safaris by providing regular updates "from the field". This year we will be blogging live again and we have added a JustGiving link for followers of our blog to donate to our chosen charity "Save The Elephants".
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
DAY SEVEN ~ Chui Says Hello
Before we talk about today, we have a
little to add to yesterday; firstly we could not find a network
hotspot in Ngutuni to upload yesterday's blog, so apologies for the
delay and secondly the shutter on the Sony A550 finally gave up the
ghost on its third safari after 73,500 images.
Now to today: we left Ngutuni after a
lovely breakfast watching a lone Buffalo bull and a Maribou Stork
silhouetted against the waterhole in the early morning light. We
stopped in Voi for provisions and dropped by Tiju's shop hoping to
say farewell till next year. However, she was not in, so we asked
her staff to pass on our regards. From Voi we made good time in
light traffic to the Tsavo gate of Tsavo West National Park.
Maribou Stork and Buffalo in early morning light
The first part of the drive through to
the Ngulia hills is along tracks bordered on both sides with quite
thick arid scrub that makes spotting wildlife before you reach it
very difficult. Even an Elephant can disappear just twenty yards
from the track. We met one feisty youngster who challenged the
Landrover to a fight and then felt better of it and sprinted to join
the rest of his family a few meters in to the bush, where they had
been invisible to us. The only other notable wildlife we spotted on
this stage was a magnificent huge bull Elephant.
As we descended into Rhino Valley, we
could see the Bandas in the distance, perched on the side of the
majestic Ngulia hills. Near the junction where a track leads round
to the Ngulia Safari Lodge we came across a beautiful female Leopard
strolling along the track. She walked right passed our vehicle
without even acknowledging our existence and carried on for fifty
yards behind us, pausing to scent mark before disappearing into the
scrub as quickly as she had appeared.
Chui says Hi
From our perch in Banda number four we
have seen Bushbuck, Ibis, Egyptian Goose and Elephant using the
waterhole in the valley below. We are still unable to find any
network hotspots but will attempt to upload the blog so far, as we
cross the hills tomorrow to Mzima Springs.