Adventures in Kenya – Masai Mara part 2

As we arrived at the van early in the morning ready for our second day in Masai Mara we saw 3 men pushing the van forward to jump start the engine.  The battery in our van was dead and if the engine was turned off we either had to  roll down a hill or push start the car to get it going.  When you find animals on safari normally the guide turns the engine off so it was easy to forget!  This added more adventure to our 2nd day…

Here’s another fat, happy lion sleeping in the shade…we kept the engine running as we watched him dose.

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A beautiful cheetah walked right in front of our van.  She walked down the road and planted herself up on a little hill for everyone to take pictures.

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We were extremely fortunate to come across four hunting dogs lounging under a tree.  Our guide had not seen them in Masai Mara in 19 years.  As we pulled up to hunting dog tree our guide forgot about our dead battery and turned the engine off.  Oops.  There we were in front of these cute, vicious, wild dogs and no one was going to get out and push.  Our friend, Julio, said “Sowa Sowa, Tony” and we all laughed because this is what you say to the guide when you are ready to go and we all knew we weren’t going anywhere!  Thankfully the other van in our group rescued us by lining up his van nose to nose to ours and pushing us back up a hill where we preceded to roll past the hunting dogs as the engine came to life.

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There was a lot of action at the river.  Groups of zebra were cautiously crossing the crocodile river.  At one point they pulled the whole group back and sure enough….Masaimarazebracrossing3fb

This crocodile was swimming upstream.masaimaracrocinwaterfb

We also saw lots of hippo in the water.  The groups of hippo looked like groups of big rocks.  This hippo was having a little swim.Masaimarahipposwimfb

This hyena also walked right by our van with two of his friends.Masaimarahyenafb

He proceeded to walk by a herd of alert zebra….I like how they all turned and posed for my picture!Masaimarahyenazebralookfb

Beautiful Masai giraffe as we headed out of the park on the 2nd day.Masaimaragiraffezebrafb

My family overlooking the plains of Masi Maradadsherrytrishaifb

There are many more pictures I have not included.  If you want to see a group of crocodile eating a dead hippo, or more giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, ostrich and zebra you can see more pictures here:

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Also, I have not included on my blog our wonderful village visits to both the Samburu and Masai tribe.  If you would like to see those pictures you can go here:

Samburu Village:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonniezs/sets/72157638257294376/

Masai Village:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonniezs/sets/72157638069216285/

One picture I have to include is from our nature walk around our Masai Mara hotel.  We ran into a herd of 20 giraffe while on foot.  They were as curious about us as we were about them!

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Thanks for tuning in for my African adventures!  We did have a fabulous trip!

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