Friday, August 27, 2010

white rhino

video
so this is funny...i discovered that i accidentally took a video when i thought i was just taking photos! so even tho the quality is not so great (and definitely not the audio) it's pretty darn cool if i say so myself...a white rhino rubbing his horn!! 

(this was on our first day at lewa downs with our conservancy guide, tom.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

62,000 acres of beauty

my family: kenny (sisters boyfriend) sue (sister) john (brother) carolyn (sister) tommy (nephew) and me!
as soon as we got off our small aircrafts we hit the ground running with guides from the conservancy, as our guides had to drive 9 hours to get to us in lewa downs. the first thing we spotted  (no pun intended!!) was the famous cheetah brothers (3 in all). as cheetahs are lone hunters these brothers are very unusual.
reticulated giraffe
blue-balled  vervet monkey
white rhinos (isn't the baby soooooo cute!!)...not shy or dangerous at all like the black rhino, we could actually get pretty close.
our fabulous guides: stanley, very funny and quite the story teller. willis, very serious but by the end we had him smiling and laughing! peter, so sweet and nice! all highly intelligent and loads of fun!!
on the second day in lewa downs we visited a real working masai village. after a very bumpy 45 minute drive to the village we were almost turned away as the men (warriors) were called to an emergency meeting that morning, so just the women and children were present. it was an incredible experience meeting these gracious people as they sang us songs, showed us the insides of their homes (smaller than my bedroom) with dirt floors to sleep on and some of the work they do in their village. colleen and linda brought colorful toys and balls for the kids, along with pens where the kids proceeded to write numbers and silly math equations on tommy, ryann and johns hands and arms! sue, carolyn and i gave out coins and small crystals, and i let the kids try on my sunglasses and hat, then took photos of them and showed them what they looked like. the young women had lovely beaded jewelry for sale, so we bought a lot of it!
grevy zebra...thinner strips with white tummy's
some of the most remarkable things about Africa...the sunrises and sunsets with those magnificent golden hues! and the stars...you could see billions of them PLUS the milky way. never in my life have i seen the milky way before!and the clouds...wow...just every sight catches your breath and you know without a doubt there's a higher power at hand!

next stop...samburu national reserve and our stay at the elephant bedroom camp!!!! my favorite place, altho very dusty!

Friday, August 20, 2010

under african skies









(a local school greeted us at the amboseli airport)
 
OMG!! let me tell you, africa was amazing!!


 
 this trip went above and beyond and surpassed all my expectations...and believe me my expectations were very high. every moment was filled with magic, wonder, beauty, laughter, surprises and joy!


we had 3 of the very best guides throughout the entire trip and they graciously answered every single question we had about animals, the people of kenya, the government, their lives and experiences and so much more. we stayed at 4 fabulous tented camps with deluxe accommodations throughout kenya. i found all the people that we encountered to be the nicest, happiest and friendliest people ever. and the other participants in the trip (15 of us all together) were such fun people, so we laughed till our sides ached! the food was to die for, especially the desserts...yummy!! AND THE ANIMALS...OMG...the animals!! every time we had an awesome animal encounter, we all said nothing else could possibly top that...and the next time or two out...bam...another absolutely incredible encounter.



  
 some of the words that come to mind when i think of everything we experienced on this trip are: awe, magical, extraordinary!






no other words could express how astonishing this trip was to me...it is by far one of the very best adventures of my life and i am soooooo grateful for it!! and i wanna do it all over again!! right now!


 and as our wonderful leader val said to us in her kenyan/british accent over and over to us...you are sooooooooooooooo lucky, that was ammmmaaaazzzziiinngggg!! i agree fully!!




 this was just some of the highlights from our two day stay at amboseli national park at the tortilis tented camp...next up lewa downs wildlife Conservancy.

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