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    • ElenaH
      it depend also on the time you are going. What month are you going? and year? 
    • michael-ibk
    • Hads
      Last posting for the day.   Check out these feet   My youngest boy Alex loves his bird photography.                   Our only predator for the day. Waterbuck family   Green backed Heron I think?         Our first ever Black Heron Ele family on our way back to camp to end a wonderful day in Khwai.
    • Hads
      Hippo pools - plenty of photos coming. I am sure they just wanted a dentist's check-up.   Junior Let's sing for them..........     Please check my teeth first........       I am the boss of this pond                
    • Hads
      It poured down over the lunch break, my youngest boy got quite sad a shed a few tears, he thought the rain would never stop   We didnt see any of the large predators on our first full day but we had a very pleasant afternoon drive. I had my best hippo interaction which was nice and some lovely bird sightings, still it was fantastic to be on the Safari with my family.   Beautiful Tusker This guy was not far from camp.   My favourite WKF. Lechwe       Iconic termite mound.   The hippo pool - these guys were very curious in us.
    • Hads
      A few more from the morning.     Joster with some lovely big mushrooms for lunch.         Reedbuck     Home made buns for lunch The bathroom
    • Hads
      Basically, the routine for each day was (except for the first full day) was up at 5am for a wash and get changed, and breakfast by 5.30am. Joster would have us in the Safari vehicle and departed camp by 6am, we would stop somewhere for a morning coffee and snack anywhere between 9 and 10 am. We would arrive back at camp around 11:30 - 12 noon for lunch. There would be a siesta time between 12.30 pm and 3.30pm and then back out on a game drive from about 3.30 pm to 7 - 7.30 pm. Joster was very flexible with the hours and if you wanted longer he was more than happy to do what you wanted to do as we found out on our next day . Anyhow a few photos of this morning's drive.           Banded mongoose family   Carmines would regularly follow us and catch insects Ground hornbill Verreaux Eagle owl - we saw 4 separate owls.       There was lots of alarm calling by the Wildebesst, we spent quite awhile looking for predators with no luck. Elephant skeleton, Joster mentioned some elephants had died of a disease the past few months.
    • Hads
      We slept well overnight, the tents are very well set up, warm and dry and comfortable. I did wake however at 4 am by heavy rain - yes our first full day in Khwai was going to be another wet day, I had to remind myself that I am in the Green season and it rains and sometimes alot........ Here are a few pictures of our campsite set up in Mogotho area in Khwai Breakfast included cereals, rusks, tea and coffee and juices and porridge.   We had a later-than-normal start due to the very big day yesterday and the rains.   As you can see the countryside is very green.       Bart sorting out our showers     The little buckets on stands are filled with warm water every morning around 5 am.
    • Hads
      Hi @Towlersonsafari, I also thought I was a responsible parent until I did the devils pool trip. I did go first just to show the family that their Dad is brave  and stupid.
    • Atravelynn
      I like your description "to seal in your heart and mind's eye" regarding the ceremonies of the butterfly people.   It appears you took a dip in the pool fully clothed, is that so?   Dusk at Sarara Camp  looks to be a magical time.
    • gatoratlarge
      As for myself, the next stop was the most anticipated -- I've followed Sarara Camp in Northern Kenya's Samburuland for quite a while on their social media channels and it just "looked like Africa" at its best to me ---the Mathews Range of mountains, the acacia dotted valley, the dry river beds--- obviously Africa is so diverse that many parts "look" like Africa because they are Africa!    But hopefully you get what I mean.  I'll cut to the chase and say it was as beautiful in real life as in the pictures and videos I'd seen.    But as I mentioned earlier, some of the most moving experiences at Sarara are ones that you just have to seal in your heart and mind's eye.  We had no sooner landed on the airstrip in this spectacular landscape and begun our drive to camp when we pulled off into a dry river bed.  John was our guide and also a Samburu warrior, Sonia was our other guide.  It was still early in the weather season for the "Singing Wells" to be in full effect----the "Singing Wells" are an ancient practice in which the shepherds that tend the goats, cattle and camels dig deep, sometimes meters into the dry river bed to reach the water table and pass it up to a wooden trough to their livestock.  They sing a unique song that their herd or flock recognizes and thereby know it's their turn for water.   A Samburu family was watering its herd (the water table was higher than usual due to the unseasonal rains that fell in Jan/Feb) so it was much easier to reach water.  The camels' wooden bells made a plonking sound and those of the goats and cattle transporting us into another world:  an ancient one, where for centuries before the Samburu had sustained themselves and their livestock with the life giving waters in times of plenty and in drought.  One in our group mentioned that somewhere in an office tower in America, perhaps some boardroom, a team was discussing getting the color palette correct for the new company logo  drawing a stark contrast to the simple but life sustaining ritual we were privileged to see.  There's a different "clock" in this part of Africa and it is so very beautiful to witness and experience.   But there was more to come! When we got to camp, the staff (made up largely of Samburu) reported that there had been a wedding  in a nearby village earlier in the day and we were in luck!  We could respectfully observe the celebration, but again, no pictures.  Being as addicted to my cell phone camera as so many of us are, and having my other camera along, it was all I could do to resist and comply.  But when we got to the village in the golden hour of day, surrounded by the Mathews Range of mountains, the camels towering over us mere humans, the bells of the cows and goats and their gentle tinking sounds around us as they wandered back into the manyattas from a day of grazing, well,  it was a scene I will never forget!    The thrum thrum tribal singing almost like a hive of bees,  hypnotic, beads lunging forward as they lurched their necks in concert, and young warriors perhaps in hopes of impressing a bride of their own leaping and yelping wriggling like a dolphin at the height of their jumps, two ever tightening circles of dancers headed off in different directions disappearing from view into the bush until like an amoeba, a living organism, they circled back together and continued the celebration.  Samburu can have multiple wives like the Masai do who they referred to as their cousins, their uglier and less colorful cousins  The butterfly people as they are sometimes known really are beautiful, their bright colors standing out against the dry, arid bush of the north.   So already we had gotten a very special gift and a glimpse into the Samburu culture.  Authentic and unplanned...the best kind of glimpse...Culturally we touched all the bases and we learned so much from Telas (a Samburu elder and host at the camp) and all the Samburu staff.  Telas one evening with a very powerful light gave us a tutorial of the African sky and it was inky black made cloudy white with millions of stars.  It was the best place on our trip to satisfy our desire to look up into the heavens into an unspoilt sky devoid of light pollution!  Another magic moment among so many!   Four of us shared the Sarara House--- It has it's own pool and we had unexpected guests: John was a Samburu Warrior (all young males of a certain age are considered warriors) his village was on the other side of the mountains behind camp.  It's an eight hour walk which he often undertakes instead of waiting on the less reliable bus: The only pic I snapped on the way to the Singing Wells... We were told the Samburu people believe a photo takes a part of them away and that he (John) was fine to take photos of but the locals object...   The butterfly people, the Samburu.  We were also told the men dress colorfully to attract the females like the male birds often do with their striking coloration...   Sonia was also our guide---it's rare to have a female guide in Africa and she was quite knowledgeable --- the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary also had female elephant keepers/surrogates so for whatever reason, this part of Kenya is allowing opportunities for women that are not common across the continent.  Brava for them! Telas, a Samburu elder, was a fount of information about Samburu culture---here he's giving us a briefing: Sweet hellos and goodbyes---Kerry was also a host at Sarar and a native Kenyan The waterhole below the main gathering area was frequented by herds of elephants and journeys of reticulated giraffes...     In black and white... Four of us stayed in the Sarara House and it had its own private pool.  The tents are the same but joined by a large thatched seating area with an upstairs dining area.  It'd be great for a family but we loved it too! Of course we called him Zazu and he was the busiest hornbill and quite a character.  He was in perpetual motion and constantly searching for insects and lizards... This little family of tree hyraxes were so dang cute and had the perfect set up eating the leaves in a over hanging tree and sprawling out on the rafters and napping in the afternoons at Sarara House... pool with a view   Some video of our time at Sarara:   Two of the most common animals you'll see at Sarara---it's definitely giraffe and elephant country.  We missed the resident leopards.  We had hoped to see the Grevy's zebra (they do have a couple orphaned ones that hang out at the stables) and gerenuks but we missed them.  I would say the rains thickened the bush and made wildlife spotting a bit of a challenge.  The dry river beds and waterholes are the best places to stake out. The most beautiful of giraffes, the reticulated with their chestnut/reddish brown color and geometric patterns are very plentiful in the valley.  We were told there's a pride of lions that comes over the mountains to hunt on occasion.  While we were at camp, a pack of wild dogs apparently took out more than a dozen goats and so Telas went to track them but they had moved off quickly.  Smart of them as they are not well liked, only tolerated to an extent...     A couple photos of the camp     We saw a couple large leopard tortoises near Sarara, a sign of good luck or the coming of rain I believe I remember... Open bar in the river bed---we had a lovely dinner under the stars...   A couple of tussling bulls on the wat to dinner       Next episode  the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary and a Helicopter Safari to the Jade Sea...     Dusk at Sarara Camp:  
    • pedro maia
      Thanks again @Tdgraves, my doubt was if it could be a juvenile Spotted, adult I knew it wasn´t.
    • Tdgraves
    • pedro maia
      One final bird, not from Kruger but from Graskop, I think it´s an African dusky flycatcher but might also be a Spotted flycatcher:  
    • pscrimshaw
      That's a really good perspective! I'm leaning towards going just by myself simply because I'm so dog focused that I know my interest wouldn't make for a pleasant group trip. Will definitely check out Zambezi Expeditions and of course the Robin Pope Camp. Hopefully the dogs will be in the right spot whichever I end up choosing!
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