I’m so excited to be going on a safari at Masaai Mara from the 18th to the 20th with another American intern called Brandon. The safari operator I’ll be using is Mara Explorers, recommended to me by my friend Sarah. They have a 3 day/2 night package that’s very reasonably priced since their target market is backpackers and budget travelers. Not to mention my Kenyan work permit gives me amazing perks like residence (“local”) rates for parks. I’m looking forward to seeing and taking pictures of the Big Five - elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes, identified by colonial hunters as the five most difficult animals to hunt and kill.
I’ve gotten a chance to get close with some wildlife these past few weeks in Kenya - through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Nairobi Safari Walk and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Here are some of the most exciting pictures from those encounters.
Our vehicle with the awesome pop-open roof.
Warthogs and female impalas
Black rhinos and monkeys
Feeding (and petting) a blind northern white rhino called Barraka at Ol Pejeta, a last resort for these animals to reproduce and be reintroduced in the wild. They are critically endangered/extinct in the wild and Barraka is supposedly only one of seven remaining of his species.
Spotted: a female and male lion
A beautiful giraffe!
Feeding an ostrich
Some monkeys (most likely) escaped their habitat and were relaxing on a bridge
Look at this little cutie pie!
Orphaned baby elephants drinking water