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Lewa conservancy and safari camp a place of the heart and soul

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Orynx are  unusual elsewhere ,relatively common at Lewa

 

many years  ago I read about a ranch in the Tsavo  area which unsuccessfully tried to raise them for their milk

 

perhaps  Nairobi is  not the place for niche food items, London, New York, San Francisco  ---- trendy deli café towns would be better

 

I enjoyed joking with Norman my guide about this

 

then there is the issue of getting milk from someone with sharp horns 

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the elephants bathing in mud was a  absolute delight

 

we went to an area  with better acacia bushes  to see giraffe , had breakfast , then continued on

 

we just happen to come across this small elephant family  who were very keen on things

 

they went into a muddy hole  and fully covered themselves in it , moved side to side , put their heads under it , came out  and dived into it

 

this continued for about 20 minutes   and just before  they  left they dipped their trunks in mud , pulled it out , then sprayed their backs and sides with the  mud

 

it was reasonably warm , the mud was already starting to dry as they began walking away 

 

all done in the cause of insect control  and  protecting the skin against sun damage 

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the difference in the color of giraffes ,they are all reticulated  is amazing

 

some are really dark ,others mid brown 

 

giraffes get darker as they age

 

they all basically eat the same plants and end up very different looking

 

I have always found Lewa a good place for elephants , how many you see varies as they move around 

 

they enjoy the better security environment of the reserve

 

there were a number of leading matriarch females  with Save the Elephants  GPS radio tracking colars  in the reserve  

 

this is a device used for both security and research

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I am happy to convert + post these photos for @COSMIC RHINO - that way I too get to enjoy them!

 

More Elephant mud bath photos from Lewa:

 

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In this one, the similarity in color of the elephants' skin and mud makes it difficult to tell where one elephant begins and one elephant ends.  The effect is sort of an "elephant push-me-pull-you"   

 

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Here are some more White Rhino + Reticulated Giraffe photos:

 

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In this photo, the White Rhinos are being followed by attendants - two Cattle Egrets and what look like a pair of Lilac-breasted Rollers.

 

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This White Rhino photo must have been taken from very close:

 

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@COSMIC RHINO is privileged to have spent so much time with Rhino mothers and calves.

 

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rhinos at Lewa   can be approached at varying distances

 

generally it is easier to get closer to white rhinos than black

 

sometimes they are in areas  where no of track driving is allowed

 

it is not exactly unusual to see a rhino walking down the track

 

the way  they come over is influenced by me using a Nikon P520 camera which has a 24 to 1000 optical zoom lens

 

the family group amongst the termite mound  were close to the track , one of my best rhino sitings of the trip and  one of a number on the same morning

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white rhinos can move around a fair bit in a circular motion

 

they move closer and further away from you ,at some times very close

 

at  times I move  around within the vehicle to get a better view

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"Note the tiny trunk sticking up out of the mud hole in the last photo."  Thanks. Woulda' missed it.

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Here are some more photos - sorry for the delay in posting them @COSMIC RHINO.     I am preparing to evacuate tomorrow ahead of Hurricane Irma so I've been rather busy.

 

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Rhinos and Reticulated, a fine combo.  Eles and mud, a typical combo.  They sure enjoy their mud spas!

 

Sorry if I missed it, but how many rhinos do you think you saw at Lewa?

 

Would you consider seeking out the Indian Rhino?

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above  are only 2 sets of rhinos  ,it shows how things look according to the lighting 

 

the larger male  with a lot of thick dried mud is the one  who I have described as the crooner  , who was looking for love with 2 separate females who each had calves, both walked away

 

RHINOS  IN LEWA 

 

I saw a whole lot of them , I delight in them, they are my sacred  totem animal

 

some good mornings I would see  more rhinos than others would see over several days in other area

 

the  approach was to spend  a good amount of time with a good siting

 

The security was good  but I did not count the total number of rhinos seen  , I counted the sitings not to be  posted here , I don't want  to compromise in any way the good Lewa  security

 

I have photos which I am not sending of to be posted by a Safaritalk friend as  I have security concerns for those ones

 

Facebook has become a poachers animal location aid , I don't want to let anything done here to have the same  impact

 

INDIAN  RHINOS 

 

Well  I have  priced Kazaringa online  and it with the single supplement in not at all cheap

 

An Indian visitor  on the Ashtons shuttle to Kruger in 2016 told me that  the airport is hours away, the shuttle firms are unreliable and the drivers are mad in their performance

 

rhinos in thick grass might not be easy to see

 

 

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at Lewa  the animals come first 

 

it is a great place for anyone who loves rhinos as I do

 

I have easily got used to this place and delight in it , even seeing some new areas this year 

 

I am constantly alert getting close to life the way it should be

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I always  find Lewa Safari Camp a relaxed , comfortable  place to stay

 

all the staff and other  guests are friendly 

 

all the guides I have had a superb

 

they are constantly on the lookout for animals and great at answering questions

 

they are always  patient and unhurried

 

the aim on the game drive is always to good look at things and get back to camp as late  as  possible 

 

Lewa  is such a great place to be uncrowded , and the approach of the animals is to stay ,they don't  run away as I have seen elsewhere

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