Monday, September 15, 2008

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

After two glorious days at Samburu … we flew off again in another Twin Otter airplane this time heading for the Masai Mara National Reserve … where we stayed at the Keekorok Lodge … which had its own airstrip ! We were there to witness the start of the migration with over one million wildebeest on the move accompanied by thousand of common zebra (about 200,000) and gazelle (about 550,000) and impala (about 64,0000). This is lion country too … and we were treated to the sight of a very rare black rhino (mum and child) on the move.

Added to this are elephant, buffalo, warthog, giraffe, topi, kongoni, eland, cheetah, spotted hyena, and silver-backed and side-striped jackals. Mix in red-tailed and blue monkeys, banded mongoose, hippo, Defassa waterbuck, impala and bushbuck. 95 species in all. If you name it (excluding leopard) then we probably saw it and my companions (particularly Ed and Hatty) probably photographed it at close range.

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Blogger Frog said...

Oh, You lucky Rat! Have fun in Africa.

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You bet I am frog, although it seems you enjoy Liverpool too. All the best and hope to be back next year to chat with you about our travels.

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