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Sep 12, 2009 - Kenya - Amboseli

The drive to Amboseli was 210 kms from Nairobi and took five and a half hours. It was not for the faint hearted being very bumpy and in some places totally neglected. What surprised us were all the friendly faces giving us a wave along the way, even other drivers and passengers. One even got out of his truck and ran across the traffic to give me a piece of paper with you'll never guess - his mobile number on it (I don't think I'll ever phone him but I have kept the number). There were rickety carts being pushed along the road and some were...

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African safari 2009

Jan 13, 2009 - Monkey Business and Misanthropy (Cynical Content Advisory Warning)

I woke up this morning to a fair amount of noise around my tent—there’s always lots of bird chatter in the early morning, but this was the crashing and antics of black-faced vervet monkeys . John and Claire—the managers of Tortilis Camp, refer to them as “cheeky”. They steal biscuits, and apparently have learned to unzip the zippers on the tents. They’re also the reason that the otherwise very diverse vegetable garden doesn’t have any tomatoes—the monkeys steal them. The monkeys are forthright, they’re cheeky and mischievous, and they look...

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Jan 12, 2009 - Amboseli

We’ve been staying at Tortilis Camp on the edge of Amboseli National Park, and it’s a magical little place. I can recommend it without reservation—many of the guides are Masai. Sticking with the evolution theme, these guys have unbelievable vision. Granted, it’s their job, and they’re used to picking out animals from trees and brush, but their ability to identify animals at a distance is astounding. Laser eye surgery gave me 20/15 vision, and I struggle to keep up with them. Dave and I have now been on safari for two days. When I mentioned...

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Jan 11, 2009 - Stafari (Start + safari)

Dave and I got up at 6 this morning (probably the latest time we’ll get up for the next four days) to head to Wilson Airport to start our safari. We flew in a Cessna Caravan—which seats 12 very cozily. I sat behind the (empty) co-pilot’s seat, and Ben, our captain shoved the seat forward to give me more legroom, pointed to the area behind the seat and said “business class”. He then commenced in flight service (prior to take-off) which consisted of a Tupperware container full of mints passed around the cabin. We flew past Mt. Kilimanjaro...

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Mar 1, 2008 - Amboseli N.P.

Mar 1 At 7:15 am Moses picked us up at the hotel and got us to the shuttle which left at 8 a.m. for Nairobi. On the bus we met Colin(pilot) and Ryan(computer programmer) both in their early 30s, MN transplants to Huntington Beach on a spur of the moment holiday. Look for them on Main St. on Tuesdays by contacting the 12' unicyclist in the eve who knows them. At the border in Kenya we are met by Ben(guide/driver) & Kioko(cook) & Wade Allsopp, a Brit who will be part of our group to Amboseli NP and later to Masai Mara NP. We arrive in...

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Africa Plus

Jan 15, 2008 - Tuesday at Amboseli

Our typical day, when not travelling between parks: 5:30-6:00am Wake-up knock at the door, coffee served in room 6:00-6:30am Morning sunrise bush drive 9:00-10:00am Return to lodge, big buffet breakfast 1:00pm Lunch! 4:00pm Afternoon bush drive until sunset, always about 6:30pm What did we do between drives and meals? Where did the time go? Sometimes a nap, read or catch up on journal entries. Looking back, it seemed there wasn't enough time to just enjoy the beautiful surrounds of our lodgings! Tuesday morning game drive sightings: 2...

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Jan 14, 2008 - Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Sunny, few clouds Temp: perfect! Up early, breakfast in room, on our way to Wilson airport (small regional) by 6:30am. A 35-minute flight brings us to Amboseli National Park. The view en route is interesting...small farms, vast expanse of savanah. Then down below we spot zebras and elephants! Very emotional for me. From the airstrip at Amboseli a welcome from Mt. Kilimanjaro herself, spectacular in the sun and not hiding in the clouds as is her habit. Check in at Amboseli Serena Lodge, then off on our first game drive. So exciting! Every...

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