Tulips

Karibu Kenya, a Land of Wildlife Abundance

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Thank you everyone for your comments.  I really appreciate it!

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Wow, so many good sightings and you are only a few days in. I'm so glad you good to see your leopard -- and one so photogenically posed in a tree for you. It's such a thrill to see one for the first time. They are so beautiful and graceful. 

 

I love everything else, as well, though. It may sound funny, but I haven't yet seen a leopard tortoise or Secretarybird, so those would excite me!  And the shot of the ostrich with the Crowned Crane is great!

 

I hope the rains didn't interfere with your safari too much, but the area sure needed it. Things are looking more lush than I was expecting.  We will be in Laikipia in early February, so it will be interesting to compare and contrast. 

 

Looking forward to more. 

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so happy that you got to see a leopard and so close and clear! we never found one-but it gives us a good reason to perhaps return!

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3 hours ago, plambers said:

so happy that you got to see a leopard and so close and clear! we never found one-but it gives us a good reason to perhaps return!

  I was thinking about you as I was writing this @plambers.  I remember you had mentioned about not wanting a scheduled day and thinking that two three hour game drives wasn't that scheduled.  Now having been able to make my own schedule and stay out on a game drive all day if I want, I totally get what you were saying about not wanting a schedule.

 

I didn't really see a leopard my first time in Africa either.

 

 

Have you bit the bullet?

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@Alexander33 the rain sort of got in the way of my last full day at Segera, but I know Laikipia needed the rain.  More to come on that.

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Great trip report and pictures so far...we just returned from our trip to Kenya as well....it is indeed an amazing land...can't wait for the rest of your report.

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So, as I previously stated, I asked for a 5:30am wake up call only if we could go out for a game drive.  It rained hard overnight and non-stop.  When I awoke at 5:50am and realized no one came knocking at 5:30am, I wasn't surprised.  It was nice to get a bit of a lie in.  I went out on the deck and there was a rainbow so that was definitely a positive.

 

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My Villa from the front

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I went over for breakfast and Paul came along and advised he tried to get the vehicle out and drive it, but he didn't get very far and had to turn back.  As it was a sunny day, he figured the roads would dry up and we would be able to go out a bit later.

 

Jochen Zeitz, the owner, also came by to ask about my previous days and make sure that everything was ok.  It was my second meeting with him as he had come by on my first evening to say hi.  He assured me it wouldn't make any difference if I went out now or later and told me the vehicle would just get stuck (as Paul had said).

 

So, even though it was a beautiful sunny day, I found some other things to do, although I realized I had a problem.  An addiction.....  An addiction to game drives.  LOL!  

 

Mr. Zeitz owns the gipsy moth plane that was used in the movie, Out of Africa, so Paul took me over to see it.  It's kept in a hanger and we could walk to it.  It is quite a spectacular sight to see and its remarkable the thing even flies.  It just seems so flimsy.  But that is how planes were built in the 1920's.  Every now and then, He takes it out and flies it.

 

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We also took a walk over to the staff quarters.  The staff are treated very well and everyone has a room.  There is no sharing, which is nice for them.

 

All of the food at Segera is grown on site.  There is a very large vegetable garden, which we also visited.

 

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There is quite the bevy of weavers that live in the trees in the staff area.  I couldn't resist a picture.

 

 

 

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After a couple of hours of seeing behind the scenes at Segera, Paul asked if I wanted to try to go out for a drive.  Of course.  Don't have to ask twice.  We did get out, but we really couldn't get far and it was quite perilous at one point.  i really thought we were going to get stuck in the mud.  I did manage to get a few shots, but decided to head back and let the ground dry some more.  Didn't really fancy spending hours trying to get unstuck form the mud.

 

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Tawny Eagle

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Grey Heron

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Hammerkop

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This zebra has a very open wound

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I had a lovely lunch and watched the giraffe who came by for a visit.

 

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And then was asked if I would like to see the hide?  Hide you say?  Of course.  I'd never been in a hide and so this was a totally different experience.  It's a really neat perspective for photography and for watching the animals.  It's also probably the only time I was cursing the long grass.  LOL!  The giraffe came by the hide as well after a bit of a wait.  I just love the images I got.

 

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This one isn't an animal, but is probably my favourite shot.

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We tried to go out again, but then it started to rain again, and so the day was a write off as far as any more game drives.  So I went for a massage with Roseanne and I have to say, she is such a lovely lady.  We both needed a laugh that day and we were able to give that to each other.  I was sorry I hadn't really spend any time with her earlier.  She has such a sense of humour.

 

It stopped raining and started to clear enough that Mount Kenya made a miraculous appearance.  This was the first time I had seen it as it was always cloud covered.  

 

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Later, I was able to tour the top floor of the paddock house.  This is where Mr. Zeitz keeps some of his memorabilia.  It was quite interesting to see it.

 

Karen Blixen

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Letter from David Livingstone

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Out of Africa

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Amazing trip and sightings! I love them all, but if I *** had to *** pick a favorite, that would probably be the leopard. What an elegant, beautiful animal! Brings back memories as the ones we saw in South Africa. Keep them coming!

 

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Thanks @xyz99.  The leopard photos are going to the printer.  

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