After lunch we got in our vehicle to begin out game drive. Amboseli is in the southern part of Kenya. It is known for its dusty savannah and swampland. It is known for its many large elephants. Except for the picture above and the video at the end of the post these pictures were all taken by Collin, our daughter’s boy friend. We were not disappointed. In the afternoon the elephants would move from the swamp where they spent their day, and cover themselves with dirt. The babies were so cute. The mothers always tried to keep the young near their feet and away from the vehicles filled with snapping cameras laden tourists. Some times the young elephants would wrestle each other. Slapping ears and tusks. We saw wildebeest, but no big herds like we were anticipating later in the trip when we would visit the Masai Mara, and hopefully see the Great Migration. The Great Migration was said to be late this year, so we were hoping it would start soon. We saw lots of Cape Buffalo. A very mean looking animal. Older males were called Retired Generals. You didn’t want to mess with them!Lots of Giraffe were out and about. We were lucky enough to see a young male lion. He had been in many fights and his face had lots of scars. His right lower front leg was injured and the poor guy had a noticeable limp. Sorry about the way the video ended. Operator error!
Rise and shine everyone! Now is the time for breakfast and to see the countryside of Kenya. This is where we had breakfast. Outside in the gardens we could see Vervet monkeys scampering around. The babies would be clinging to the Mommy as she went from tree to tree.After a lovely breakfast of eggs, fruit and croissants we were off. One last photo and we got into the Toyota Land Cruiser and hit the road. We saw lots of people hanging around. It turns out that these guys on scooters were taxis and took people on short trips. This hotel is the former US embassy which was bombed years ago. We felt quite safe in Kenya although we never wandered off by ourselves. The motorcyclists seemed to be required to have helmets, although the drivers didn’t always wear them! Cows were all over the road once we got out of the city of Nairobi! Kenya used to be a colony of the United Kingdom, as such driving was on the left side of the road. Here we are passing by a Tuk-Tuk. There were three people in the front and only seat of the vehicle! We did go by a grocery store, but as we were on a mission to see as many animals as possible I didn’t request a stop. I must admit that the neighborhood looked a little sketchy. We saw lots of Acacia trees with these nests in them. They were from weaver birds. We saw more of the nests than the birdsDo you want to see what driving was like? Hop in, there is plenty of room, just hold on! Just watch out for cows. After about three hours on paved roads and an hour on dirt roads we made it to the gates of Amboselli Park. Our guide Francis paid the fee and we stayed in the car. We were then surrounded by Masai, who tried to get us to buy their jewelry and other trinkets. We kept our heads down and tried not to look at them, as they were quite aggressive. We were quite excited to see our first Giraffes in the wild. Our driver Francis, was a bronze guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and quiet personable. However, I think he wanted us to stop taking pictures and get to our Lodge! It would be another hour from the main gate to our first tented camp, Tortilis.It was hard to keep going when everywhere you looked you saw more animals! Here are the elephants! Next post will be our hotel.