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African Safari – Update # 7 on Posting Progress

November 20th, 2010 4 comments

African Safari – Update # 7 on Posting Progress
Today’s postings get us to the half-way point of the Serengeti portion of our travels in East Africa.  The following posts are new, revised or have had numerous photos added to them.
Finally a leopard
Serengeti – Morning Drive part two
Serengeti – Morning Drive part one – Cheetah
Serengeti – Morning Drive – Getting going
Serengeti – Moths
Serengeti – Hyenas
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New York, New York

November 7th, 2010 1 comment

Heading home from our travels to Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa and now back in North America after about 24 hours of travel time. Been fingerprinted, frisked, full body scanned and interrogated numerous times in the past 24 hours and have managed to maintain my sense of humor. Each time that I have been asked to take off my belt, I have been thankful that I didn’t lose any weight while on safari. Each time that I took off my well worn boots and sent them through the x-ray machines I hoped no bells would go off. A small pair of nail clippers got me pulled aside at one location but, other than that, we made it to JFK. Now just the flight to Montreal and the drive from there to Ottawa.

Photos: Took plenty but weren’t able to upload reliably while away so watch for plenty over the next few weeks. We’ll be backdating the uploads to the days when the photos were taken.

The days we spent in Tanzania are now accessible from here: Tanzania

The days spent in Kenya are now accessible from here: Kenya

Ron

African Safari – Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania

October 31st, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania

After some of the gravel roads that we had encountered in the Masai Mara region of Kenya, the highway to Arusha was a real blessing. Although there was some highway construction still underway, necessitating detours onto rather rough parallel temporary roads, the highway was generally well paved and without much traffic so we made good time.
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African Safari – Masai Mara back to Nairobi

October 30th, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Masai Mara back to Nairobi

It was a market day along our route and vendors were out in force as we retraced our path back to Nairobi, Kenya.


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African Safari – The Wait.

October 30th, 2010 No comments

Mwanza Flat-headed Agama (Agama mwanzae)

African Safari – The Wait.

A bit of confusion, as one van took two of our group to the nearby airport, our second van headed off with three members of our group and Graeme and I ended up waiting for an hour and a half for the first van to return. The plane was later than expected. Hakuna Matata. Unfortunately, we had no way of knowing how long it would be until the first van returned and found ourselves watching our luggage by the loading area for an hour and a half. Thankfully, a few birds and reptiles came by to give us something to photograph and the assistant manager of the lodge came by to talk about the day earlier soccer match (SOPA team lost 4-1 without my help :-)).

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Saying Goodbye to the Masai Mara

October 30th, 2010 2 comments

African Safari – Saying Goodbye to the Masai Mara National Park

First, I should say that I don’t know who Jess or Sean are, but the leaf carving outside the SOPA lodge was an interesting find (see the above banner).

This was our last early morning game drive in the Mara to look for the elusive leopard and whatever else we could find. Surprisingly, we did manage to photograph some new animals we hadn’t identified yet on earlier drives.
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African Safari – Masai Mara – Last morning’s drive

October 30th, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Masai Mara – Last morning’s drive

To start off our morning drive we were treated to fields of small white and shades of blue flowers.


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African Safari – Masai Mara – Evening safari

October 29th, 2010 No comments

African Safari – Masai Mara – Evening safari

This was our last evening safari on the Masai Mara and we were still hoping to locate that elusive Leopard or one of the rare Black Rhinos. We didn’t see either of those, but did manage to see a few more elephants and another lion or two and added another bird species to our ever-growing list.
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African Safari – Driving the Masai Mara with GAP Adventure Vans

October 29th, 2010 No comments


African Safari – Driving the Masai Mara with GAP Adventure Vans

Its bumpy and rough, full of water holes and along dry landscape; but at the end of the day those roads bring you so close to animals it’s amazing!

African Safari – The big sale

October 29th, 2010 No comments

African Safari – The big sale

During our period of R&R, I wandered down the pathway from the lodge to the small, three hut model Maasai village nearby. I was interested in buying a small mask. Seven Maasai women were interested in selling me cloth, masks, bracelets, beads and all manner of handiwork. After much discussion and bartering, I left with their picture and a mask and they kept some of my money :-).
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