There are several great national parks in Kenya but we didn’t want to spend too much time on the road going from park to park. However, we decided that we HAD to go to Amboseli just to get some shots of Elephants against a Mount Kilimanjaro background. But being the “lucky” couple that we are, we found the mountain engulfed in thick dark clouds from the time we got there. For the whole 2 days that we were doing safaris, the clouds opened up only for 15 mts!!! Yes, just 15 mts! Fortunately, we were around some elephants when that happened and were able to get a few shots. Not the composition I wanted but at least it was better than nothing.
We saw lots of elephants and at one point were surrounded by a large herd.
One of the elephants actually looked like a mammoth!!!
Even though the mammoth looked like the oldest of the herd, the matriarch was this one.
After a while she was not happy that we were near her wards and she did a mock charge at us!
We saw several species of birds
Grey Crowned Cranes
Long tailed Fiscal Shrike
A mean looking Superb Starling
A cheetah who was tracking a herd of gazelle for her evening meal. We were hoping to see a kill but the cheetah didn’t seem very hungry cos she did a very lazy attempt to catch her prey! Needless to say the gazelle got away but we were treated to a superb exhibition of speed. I tried to do a panning shot of the hunt and this was the best I got
We were able to see some nice sunsets as well. A great end to a fantastic safari experience.
A slide show of all the shots