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Intrepid Gorillas, Chapter Seven. The Gorillas of Rwanda

In this, the apex chapter of my safari to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, I will tell you about what can honestly be called a once in a lifetime experience. I trekked up a mountain to see the gorillas in the mist, and I do not mean the movie. Curse Dian Fossey! couldn’t she have found some cute endangered species somewhere […]

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Intrepid Gorillas, Chapter Two

 We climbed into the truck for our first agonizing day on the road. Our destination was Lake Nakura. I had been there a year ago to the day. You can go back in my blogs to see what a wonderful experience I had there and see lots of photos of the wild life and birds. On this Intrepid travel trip […]

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Intrepid Gorillas, Chapter One

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A while back, Travel Bloogers Unite and Intrepid Travel announced a contest to go on a Safari in Africa to, among other things, trek into the jungle and see the Mountain Gorillas. These are the giant gentle critters that were brought to the world’s attention by Dian Fossey. I entered the contest and somehow, maybe I was the only person who […]

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Out of Africa

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With sincere apologies to Karen Blitzen, I used that title to attract readers, a brazen move to be sure. The more you get to know about any subject, the more you realize you do not know about the subject. Some smart guy said that once, I think he was Greek. I know a lot more about Kenya after one week as a […]

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Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island, Thousands of Birds and a Bloat

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The day started with the return drive out of Masai Mara Park.  The only thing that made it tolerable was thinking back to what a marvelous piece of earth we had just visited. I want to return to Kenya, but I will not return to the Mara until they fix the road. If you are reading this blog with an […]

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Lions and Sunsets

We set out today at the crack of dawn. Our objective was lions. Yes, we had seen lions in Amboselli, but not up close. We ran into a vehicle with a flat tire and while Gideon stopped to help, we were able to get out and walk free on the savanna just like the animals. We used the time to enjoy the […]

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Our first day at the Masai Mara

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We took off after a wonderful breakfast at the Lion Hill  lodge. The objective was to get to our lodge in Masai Mara National Park and the Sopa Lodge by 1:30 for lunch and the afternoon game drive. By the way, if you ever go on safari in Kenya or Tanzania, I can recommend the Sopa chain without hesitation, and […]

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Lake Nakuru, Flamingos, Hippos and Baboons, oh my.

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We left Amboseli at 7:30 for an 8 hour drive to Nakuru Lake  National Park. The park is located ½ of a degree south of the equator, so I can definitely claim to be in equatorial Africa. The park and lake are  in the Rift Valley. This valley is over 9000 kilometers long and extends from Mozambique to Israel. It […]

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Mary Ann’s birthday with the Masai

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Today was Mary Ann’s birthday and the birthday angels rewarded us with a marvelous game drive. We went out early and the critters large and small had all decided it would be a good idea to display themselves. Even Mount Kilimanjaro made an appearance. The birds were particularly displaying themselves this morning. Plus we saw herds of everything from Baboons […]

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My Introduction to the Masai of Kenya at Amboseli

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After a 5 hour drive SSW out of Nairobi we arrived at the Amboseli Sopa Lodge, located on the outskirts of Amboseli National Park.  The lodge is stunningly beautiful and comfortable. Yes, we are “in the bush.” I know, because there is no internet and cell phones do not work.  Actually the lodge has had internet, but it does not […]

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