SAMBURU – grazers and jumbos
This is another view of my tent. Refreshed after the dip in my pool I am ready to tackle the afternoon. A few of us had relaxing plunges – some did not. We gather our gear once again and head to our trusty four wheeled friend who by this stage groans when we come into view.
We have requested that we stop and photograph a lot more of our grazer variety of friends. We seem to have been a bit blase about these, mainly concentrating on the dirty big varieties and driving by with cameras on our laps instead of hanging them out the windows. Hopefully we will get to see and photograph some of their cute faces with the big eyes.
Speaking of cute faces – first group we spy are a group of Pumbas – definitely they do not fall into the cute category but still a rather long stop to enjoy their company and then down the track is another stop – yep definitely a cutie – we photograph a Grant’s Gazelle.
Here is a Tawny Eagle below left and a Beisa Oryx on the right. Look at the length of those horns? Certainly would not want to be given a bit of a hurry up with those.
Isn’t it amazing how it reaches up into the trees to get at the succulent bits?
We certainly are having a great time with four footed varieties. Now that we are not concentrating on elephants or leopards we get to realise just how many types of antelope and gazelle there are. We also realise that these beauties are most probably on the menu for some resident lion or leopard – but I won’t think about that.
I will just look at their beautiful faces with those innocent eyes.
Next – another little Dik-Dik and some Impala.
Soon it is time to head back and what do we see? Yep elephants down by the river. Digging out the banks and throwing dust, they are having a wonderful time.
When our clickers have clicked their last it is time for us to meet up with our Maasai friends who have prepared some lovely snacks and cold drinks out in an open area of the park.
We sit in the peace and enjoy the sunset while our warrior friends stand guard in case animals with large teeth want to join in.
Our hosts are most gracious – the setting is incredible and all in all it has been a great day – thank you to all our friends who posed for these photos – I wish I could spend more time with you.
This photo takes me back to remembering sitting with a glass of chilled wine in one hand and tasty little bits in the other – listening to the animals, admiring our Maasai hosts who have done everything to make us feel so welcome and making our stay out of the ordinary.
Such memories will last a lifetime.
Highlight of the afternoon – the Gerenuk