Off to the Bush...thank goodness.

Off to the Bush…thank goodness.

We left Nairobi behind, grateful for the fun time we had enjoyed the previous day, but thankful for the safari still waiting to unfurl.

We made it to the Wilson Airport in 20 minutes! Surely a record!

Checking in was easy…….paying for our extra luggage weight was painful.

After a minor panic, because Linda had mislaid her passport, we were eventually called for our flight and we lifted into a cloudy sea and headed north. Mount Kenya appeared above the cotton wool after 35 minutes or so, and we collected some interesting images of the mountain, with a tiny smear of snow near the twin peaks.

The peaks of Batiaan, Lenana and Niliaan...

The peaks of Batiaan, Lenana and Niliaan

 

Breaking through the clouds were banked over a brown grassy landscape, with two patches of evergreen reeds and yellow fever trees. A herd of buffalo were scattered through the thorny woodland and two giraffe appeared like dinosaurs waving their long necks in a solemn dance as they browsed on a red trunked acacia bush.

What an amazing day! The sun shone and a cool breeze stirred our hair as we stood in line for the ‘loo’. Grevys’ and Common zebra grazed together nearby, reticulated (or ‘matriculated) giraffe browsed amongst them, Grants gazelles stood militarily to attention watching us suspiciously and a vortex of vultures spun in a slow motion of power against the sky. Alex, our driver guide greeted us all first, and gave us a quick briefing on the reserve and our next hours journey to camp.  Camp was ‘Lewa Safari Camp’, located on the edge of a steep re-entrant facing north towards Samburu, amidst Acacia sayal and some broadleaf  woodlands.

Head to tail......

Head to tail……

Lunch was by the pool, and after a short siesta we set off to find something interesting!  Black and white rhino, lions with cubs and of course more zebra and gazelles.  What an afternoon!!

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