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Old 08-01-2013   #46 (permalink)
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yes, that is a great one!

My (new) buddy Cody took that one- he works at our phosphate plant in Tappy's home state! Most of the really good photos are his.
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Let's finish this puppy off before my four day weekend.

Another day we did some beading with the mamas.

First things first....everywhere we went, they would set up our makeshift 'latrine'...basically a couple of blankets in front of a bush screen for the ladies to go wee. At the communities there was usually an outhouse....AKA a hole in the ground.




The three mamas introduced themselves and explained the beadwork projects they make for Me to We/Free the Children to sell for an income for the communities.



They set us up with some leather pieces shaped like acacia leaves for us to make keychains. It was painful...I am SO not artsy craftsy. These guys even made better ones than I did.




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Our second to last day was finally....SAFARI DAY!

We were up at 4:30 in order to get to to the game reserve before dawn- it was about a 2 hour drive away. Nights were cool so the side were up on the lorries and hurtling along those bad roads in pitch darkness was a bit scary.

We arrived just at sunrise. WORST.TOILETS.EVER. at the gate building. Just sayin'.



We saw several animals close to Bogani where we were staying, lots of gazelles and zebras and some wildebeest, but once in the protected lands of the reserve, it was an explosion of wildlife.

July and August is the Great Migration, where the wildebeest follow the green grasses in a large circle up from northern Tanzania into Kenya and back again with their new calves (and many zebra travel with them). We estimated we saw about 20,000 that day.





cool bird



snapping shots



Cape Buffalo...we passed within 20 feet of several of them.



These are topi....they stand guard over their females and young by placing their forelegs on top of old termite mounds. You could see them standing still as statues from a long ways off. Very cool.





aaaaaaand suddenly Photobucket is not cooperating. I will have to finish up later.

There is a major secret surprise at the end of this day that was a major highlight for me. You just wait!!
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Thanks Jack.



Do you really want to know?

We ate 'em! That was our final dinner....BBQed goat. I was not impressed. The ribs were quite tough. Perhaps they gave us old goats.

FTC gets a LOT of goats presented to their groups as thank-you gifts.... so they have to eat them once in a while.


I actually assumed we would tell them 'gee, thanks for the goat, would you like to please keep it here for us?' and get out of taking them....but no, apparently they would consider that very rude so we had to take them.


Why the hello did I ask that question?!! Ugh. Don't get me wrong, I am a beef eater, chicken is good, pork is ok, I am learning to like seafood at 55. BUT... I only eat meat that does not resemble the animal it was!! Big ol' hunk of rare cooked steak looks nothing like the mooing cow in the field, and I would eat it in a heartbeat! If I had seen it, I could not eat it! Lol!

Have I told you how amazing this trip report is?! Thank you again for taking the time to share this. It's simply, beautiful!
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Yes, it was a little disconcerting to eat them I admit. I did learn I am not a big fan of goat, at least.

You are so welcome, it was a magical trip, for sure.

I still have many great safari pics to post, will do that Tuesday, so check back in then.

Still dreaming of Kenya.....*big sigh*
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Yes, it was a little disconcerting to eat them I admit. I did learn I am not a big fan of goat, at least.

You are so welcome, it was a magical trip, for sure.

I still have many great safari pics to post, will do that Tuesday, so check back in then.

Still dreaming of Kenya.....*big sigh*
I will wait patiently... Patience is not one of my virtues, so this is a first, giggle!

Magical is the perfect word. It's magical to me and I wasn't there!
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Fantastic report!!
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I love the recycled tire sandals! What an amazing experience for you. I hope there's much more to come.
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WOW WOW and WOW!!! What a trip!!!
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Amazing experience and report, Riss. Thank you for sharing.
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Photos are great. Wish we still did the playa info awards - this would be a winner of a report !
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Thank you!

Safari day photos, continued.....




zebra bums





wildebeest galore....



zebras with a pack of mongoose



a lone elephant





and another...



We saw a lineup of about a hundred elephants but they were too far away to get a decent shot...we couldn't get closer as it was too dangerous.
giraffes



baboons



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Hippos!!

Sometimes all you could see of the hippos were the tops of their ears and eyes poking out of the river or slough...and sometimes they would be out lazing on the banks of the river.

We saw LOADS of them!








More elephants






Mount Kilimanjaro.






Not an impala...perhaps bushbuck?



another giraffe...they were so nice to watch, gracefully loping along, usually single file, in families.




cool lizard



more elephants!







and more baboons!





these I think are impalas



trees with weaver bird nests





more zebras!




a leopard .Cody took this pic at Amboseli....sadly we were not fortunate enough to see one in the wild.





This one looks fake, it's not.... it is so cool...



And I loved this shot of his...


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The lions were a bit trickier to find.

First we located a lioness and her three cubs in a bushy/treed area...they were snoozing, just hanging out. We got VERY close and they paid us NO attention whatsoever.











We were disappointed there were no males about.

But....later as we were driving out in the open by some bushes suddenly someone on the lorry quietly hissed "LIONS!"....and there they were...two big males....fast asleep.



we watched them for a bit, I am sure they knew we were there, but didn't seem to think they needed to check us out...

but suddenly they obviously heard something that DID concern them....because both of them jumped out and one let out a big "whoof" sound!



YIKES! It was pretty funny....you could just hear the intake of breath from everyone on the lorry, and as one being, we all stepped back at least a foot...we were quite close, I am thinking within 15 feet or so- and I am sure we were all imagining them jumping into the vehicle!



But, being used to gawkers, they soon realized we were harmless and settled back down...








aaaand back to sleep....they are just big kitties, all right.



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Those are quite the scars that big boy has. Wow. I don't ever want this trip report to end.
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