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Archive for the month “April, 2014”

Twelve Sights on Safari

For my first safari in Kenya, the savannah gave to me: 

Twelve dozen termite hills

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Twelve dozen is actually an understatement. Those hills were everywhere — and massive. Here’s a lizard sunning himself on one.

Eleven herds of elephants

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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.

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Ten warthogs running

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And those buggers are fast!

Nine herds of zebras

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Eight waterholes

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One of my fave shots from the safari

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Not all of the watering holes had this much activity

Several species of birds

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Ostrich! (Next to a termite palace)

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Secretary bird (He pooped for us. Show-off.)

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And so many more gorgeous songbirds, including Zazu!

Six hours in Tsavo National Park

Starting the journey!

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Gorgeous

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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. 

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“Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.”

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“The monkey’s his uncle?”

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“He could clear the savannah after every meal!”

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“The waterhole? What’s so great about the waterhole?” “I’ll tell you when we get there.” (Spoiler alert: the answer is THIS.)

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“Hakuna matata!”

 

Four wildebeest cousins

Antelope and heartbeests, gazelles and oryx!

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Three gazelles

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Gazelle — the rest of the wildebeest cousins were too fast or too far away for a good picture

Three hippos swimming

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They spent most of the time submerged to stay cool

Two lunchtime guests

 

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Came back from loading up our plates and saw this beauty quenching his thirst

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And then the heartbeest came by

And a giraffe eating leaves from a treeeeeeeeeeeee.

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Road-side meal

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And his friend, playing hide and seek — can’t see me!

 

 

 

 

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