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Published: July 17th 2006
Camping in the savannas
Morning before another game wiewing day.
The lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, chitas, rhinos, hippopotamus and buffaloes that live in African Savannas are more amazing than scary. We enter the park, that look very much like many of the cattle farms in Brazil (with no fences of course), with a Toyota van and suddenly in the middle of the grass we see an elephant to the right and a lion the left. Strange feeling that someone had put them there for the tourists. Is a while until we realize that the had been always there, this is not a zoo, is their natural habitat. Nobody comes and feed them in the end of the afternoon; they actually have to hunt for their food. And they for sure do, we had the chance to see a lion family eating a tasty zebra.
There, I've decided that the scar I managed to make in my hand opening glass bottle in my hand when I was 12 years old changed. Now is a scar made by one of the claws of the lion I had to fight when exploring the savage African Savannas. A tough 3 hours fight! Don't believe me? I have even a necklace with the teeth of
Breakfast menu: Tasty zebra
the lion I killed to show you... huahuahua.
Well, you may laugh of my ferry tale story, but many of the Masai we met in the tribe we visited told the same story. How much is true and how much is a ferry tale for tourists we will never know. (Killing lions wasn't prohibited long ago?)
Our trip in Kenya began with the girls (Amandine and Alexandra) arriving from France, shame on us we had to get them in the airport wearing the France team T-shirt, just in the next day after they beat us in the world cup. We did a six days Safari, including the chance of camping with hippos (The moving tents in the in my way to the bathroom) just near the crocodiles (100 mts with no fences, good that they don't like to come far from the water).
One of the very interesting things that we discovered is that the wild animals can be found outside the national parks. In our way to the island of Lamu we had the pleasant surprise of finding a group of giraffes crossing the route of our bus.
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