SamburuOn the second day, the morning highlight was a Leopold sitting in an acacia tree. Leopolds are very elusive and to see one was indeed very special. They are also the most dangerous of all the cats.
A few years ago with another company, our guide was climbing a rock to take up photographic gear for a client for a sunset drinks session and walked into a Leopold. He managed to ring his boss to say he was about to die, don’t move his boss advised him. He had been preparing to throw himself off the back of the rock to save himself! The Leopold bluff charged him three times coming to within less than arms-length away each time. After quite some time, fortunately a troupe of baboons came through and scared the Leopold away. The Leopold is the most dangerous cat in Africa. Cheetahs won’t hurt you. Lions will. Baboons are capable of killing a leopold which is why it ran.
|Morning tea with the crocodiles|
|Orange billed crane|
|Reticulated giraffe and orange-billed ox pecker|
|Eland and orange billed-ox pecker|
|black faced sandgrouse|
In the afternoon we came across a herd of elephants with a couple of babies. One of them stretched out her trunk and nearly touched our car – it was one of those magic moments. There were about 27 elephants in the herd.
We saw four Somali ostriches, two dark ones and two light ones which are only found in this area. Also, dik dik’s - cute small looking little antelopes, Jackals which always seem to be in pairs, a Butler eagle and herds of Grant’s gazelles
|Some of the Samburu houses are like these|
|Vulcherine guinea fowl|
|Grant Gazelle's fighting|
Right at the end of the day we came across a herd of elephants with a little one, who was so cute, he looked like he was just getting used to having a trunk and kept swinging it around.
Not long after we arrive back in camp each day, we would hear “Jambo” (hello) from behind our tent, “shower is ready”. They would have 20 litres of water at the right temperature for each of us to have a shower. As Lindsay and I are used to only using 9 litres between us when we camp in Jamieson, we never needed our second tub of water!
We would have pre-dinner drinks around the fire down near the water and as it wasn’t raining our dinner table was down there too. A porter would escort us from our tent with a torch down to the fire and we would eat our three course meal under the stars.