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Africa » Kenya August 29th 2014

0415!!! Who can sleep with the Safari symphony playing at full volume??? We actually rested - short, quickly but well. After a relatively short drive to the balloon site, we were up up and away. Captain Brian did a brilliant job of steering us in the direction of the action. Sometimes as high as 100 feet and as low as 6 feet above the rushing hooves and horns, we saw so very much, including a glorious sunrise from the air. The ride was followed by a bush breakfast under an Umbrella Acacia Tree. What a great way to start day 2! Joseph picked us up from the breakfast site and away we went searching for the big 5- well, it didn't take long before the King of the Beasts- Simba himself- showed up- a beautiful lion ... read more
Simba
Family Pride
Doesn't get better than this

Africa » Kenya August 28th 2014

Adventures abound!! We were up bright and early for our pick up at 0700. The drive to Maasai Mara is about 6 hours so our guide Joseph wanted to get on the road in time for a Safari drive before dark. Things never really go as planned though do they??? 1035 am- We had just finished speaking with Joseph about the speed limits in Kenya and he explained that his vehicle is equipped with a governor that limits his speeds to 80 kph. Anything over 78 and a beeping starts and if he maintains a speed of greater than 80 for more than 1 minute, the vehicle stops and he has to turn off the engine and restart it. This detail is probably not a surprise to the fellas out there... Well, as we went down ... read more
African sunset
After the kill

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa August 27th 2014

ako je bila noć vožnja do Mombase mi je pružila priliku prvi put vidjeti slonove, iako svega na par trenutaka u svijetlu farova dok bi prelazili cestu.. U Mombasu sam stigao ranom zorom i uzeo bajaj do prvog od dva hostela čije sam adrese našao. No bio je zatvoren. Brinuo sam se jer prema informacijama se interneta taj bio vrlo popularan i nerijetko popunjen. Nakon par pokušaja zvonjenja, ukazao se bijelac srednjih godina u donjem rublju, a na pitanje ima li mjesta, samo se nasmiješio i rekao: „valjda ćemo naći“. Vodio me kroz ogromni vrt s mrežama s ležaljkama uz veliki bazen, dok su okolo trčali maleni majmuni. Upozorio me da ih se čuvam jer dosta kradu što nerijetko izaziva svađe među gostima. Dok je bilo gostiju. Naime u hostelu s kapacitetom za jedno 120 gostiju, ... read more

Africa » Kenya August 27th 2014

Up early for our flight this morning- got to Nairobi around 2 and met up with our Safari guide, Joseph. We are amazed to find out that we are the only two on this10 days safari we are about to embark on. We have a Range Rover and guide all to ourselves. Got a peak at Mount Kilamanjaro from the air. We will be closer in a week or so. Nairobi- my heart has already broken many times over at the intense poverty. Lynne, you will definitely know what I am feeling! I couldn't believe my eyes. Cows and people digging through the same garbage dump, houses made of tin and cardboard, streets lined with so many people all you see is masses of moving bodies. Open areas littered with clothing and goods that our guide ... read more
Nairobi
Nairobi exchange

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province August 23rd 2014

Izlazim i ne mrdam od zaštitara ispred ulaza u firmu koji mi zove prvi taksi. 30 $ do hotela koji mi je Shylock preporučio. Naravno odbijam, na što vozač samo slegne ramenima i bez ikakve namjere oko pregovora mi kaže da mogu slobodno hodati. Naravno zna da neću i jer ne bih došao daleko. Bar ne s ruksacima, a vjerojatno ni odjećom. Na kraju pristajem i vozi me do ulice koja iako ne izgleda bajno izgleda daleko bolje od one u kojoj me ostavio bus. Checkiram se u hotel, perem svu tu prljavštinu sa sebe i krepan idem spavati. Jutro je pokazalo da sam zapravo gotovo u samom centru grada i sve je izgledalo puno bolje. Nairobi je zaista izgledao kao zapadni velegrad i za razliku od primjerice Kaira i Addis Ababe činio se vrlo čist. ... read more
Nairobi centar
Nairobi 2
Nairobi Kazole

Africa » Kenya » North Eastern Province August 20th 2014

Stigao sam oko 16:30 do Moyalea i krenuo ravno prema granici uz kratko zaustavljanje kod prvog čovjeka koji mi je ponudio promijeniti novce. Naime crno tržište je jedini način za mijenjati Birre u Kenijske šilinge. No granica je već bila zatvorena i sad sam bio prisiljen prespavati i u Moyaleu. Na granici se sam se ukazao i njenog prije otvaranja. Konačno mi je službenik krmeljavih očiju udario izlazni pečat i krenuo sam preko dugačkog mosta prema Keniji. Na Kenijskoj strani je stajala šačica do zuba naoružanih vojnika, ali me uopće nisu doživjeli, već mi je samo jedan kimnuo da odem prema kućici za imigraciju. Tamo je sjedio krupni čovjek u odjelu i derao se na nekog mladića da ubuduće ne smije prelaziti granicu s bratovom osobnom. Mene je dočekao s velikim osmjehom, poželio mi dobrodošlicu u ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP August 7th 2014

Maasai Mara What more can you ask for? A balloon ride over the Maasai Mara watching the sunrise and the wildebeest migration, a leopard with a fresh kill up a tree, lion prides sitting by the roadside, cheetahs playfully attempting to mate ( one more willing than the other), vultures feeding off a zebra carcass left by lions from the day before, giraffes sitting under a tree, elephants wandering past while you have a picnic lunch and a lion so thirsty she has dropped to the side of the road to drink from a puddle left by last night's rain. We asked for and got the crossing of the wilderbeest over the Mara river but with only a minute to spare. Two days of Kenya that could not be topped. Our balloon ride started with a ... read more
Balloons over the Maasai Mara
Images from the Balloon ride over the Maasai Mara
The migration of the wilderbeest

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Amboseli NP July 28th 2014

We set off from Nairobi in our 4 wheel drive vehicles. Drove out through the busy Nairobi traffic and were grateful that we don't have to drive ourselves as there do not appear to be any rules particularly on roundabouts. Kevin decided that the rule is " who dares wins". We headed towards the area where the Masai live and with about 80 ks to go, we hit the corrugated road which we followed to the park. We started seeing the Masai tending their cattle on the side of the roads. They dress in the colour red supposedly so that the lions can recognise them. They each leave each other alone. We started seeing wildlife as the landscape changed to the plains. Zebras, giraffes, elephants and wildebeest. Arrived at Ol Tukai (Swahili for palm) lodge , ... read more
Python devouring a gazelle
Monkeys hanging around
Mum and bub elephants

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru July 10th 2014

I'll write details later, but I've already added some photos below.... read more
Baboons and insects
High Waters
Some flamingos

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province July 9th 2014

I organized this safari from my Nairobi hostel the morning before. I booked it through Sunsplash Safarisbecause they returned my emails promptly and offered the best price. I paid $360 for a three-day safari (though the morning of day 1 and the afternoon and evening of day 3 are just getting away from and back to Nairobi), which was much less than I had expected. These budget companies have different names but all pretty much offer the same service: they consolidate their services and fill their vehicles so they can make a profit. They sent a driver to pick me up at my hostel at 8AM. He was right on time, but by the time we drove to a meeting point, handled the money, loaded the van, and picked up other tourists around the city, it ... read more
Giraffes
Female lion next to her kill
Wildebeest Migration




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