For my first safari in Kenya, the savannah gave to me:
Twelve dozen termite hills
Twelve dozen is actually an understatement. Those hills were everywhere — and massive. Here’s a lizard sunning himself on one.
Eleven herds of elephants
This was the first elephant we saw, all by his lonesome. By the time we left the park, I stopped taking out my camera when we saw the massive families trekking across the red dirt together.
Ten warthogs running
And those buggers are fast!
Nine herds of zebras
One of my fave shots from the safari
Not all of the watering holes had this much activity
Several species of birds
Ostrich! (Next to a termite palace)
Secretary bird (He pooped for us. Show-off.)
And so many more gorgeous songbirds, including Zazu!
Six hours in Tsavo National Park
Starting the journey!
Five references to “The Lion King”
**Full disclosure: we referenced TLK way more than 5 times. I just don’t have photos to correlate with all of them.
“Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.”
“The monkey’s his uncle?”
“He could clear the savannah after every meal!”
“The waterhole? What’s so great about the waterhole?” “I’ll tell you when we get there.” (Spoiler alert: the answer is THIS.)
Four wildebeest cousins
Antelope and heartbeests, gazelles and oryx!
Gazelle — the rest of the wildebeest cousins were too fast or too far away for a good picture
Three hippos swimming
They spent most of the time submerged to stay cool
Two lunchtime guests
Came back from loading up our plates and saw this beauty quenching his thirst
And then the heartbeest came by
And a giraffe eating leaves from a treeeeeeeeeeeee.
And his friend, playing hide and seek — can’t see me!