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Kenya trip with friends, June 9-21.  I had gone to Kenya 3 years ago and was breaking up with my partner at the time. The trip was miserable, but I fell in love with Kenya and determined to return to reclaim it and experience all its majesty without the misery. I never did the picture-taking, so I bought an entry-level DSLR and hoped for the best with the pictures. We went to Laikipia for three days and Mara North for three, and Olare Orok for four days. We did all Kicheche camps which we loved.

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Atravelynn

Your intro is most intriguing, photo and text.  Your picture-taking hopes seem to be fulfilled given the leopard example.

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7A8380E9-D6AF-4B65-A4AF-806E21099B50_1_201_a.jpeg.ecf7dc9370d16c8b3483b5fcd73fdfd6.jpegThank you. :) The picture was one of my best and designed to draw people in LOL. It was taken in Mara North, and was the clearest view we got of a leopard. We didn't catch a lot of wild action ; it was a peaceful trip and beautiful and suited my mood.

 

Many of you know the Kicheche camps. I wanted to stay there regardless, but for me they were perfect especially because of their generous single supplement. Kicheche Laikipia was, to my surprise, a little bit fancier than the other camps, with their fire places in the main lodge, beautiful rugs, very large tents, etc. Louise, the manager, was helpful and jovial and really seemed to love her job. Between her and Simon, our guide, my friends who had never been on safari (except for one for one day) got a welcome and soothing introduction to the experience. Of course the main object of going to Laikipia was to see rhino, and we weren't disappointed.

 

 

 

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There was very little water at this time, the long rains never having come, so the animals made use of whatever they could. The baby was somewhat taken aback by adult shenanigans and preferred not to muck up his fine hide. Evening began to fall.

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Morning, Mount Kenya was visible in the distance, but my camera was no match for it. The animals seemed more or less at peace. 

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Wonderful photos of your sightings indeed!  Zebra luxuriating on the ground!  Cheetah!  Rhinos!  Ellies!  What fun!!

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A cheetah starting to hunt. Maybe there will be some wild action after all!image.jpeg.76060b69b285c4a5b6de5c22361535f7.jpeg

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 Lunch time for Jackals, says this animal, practically announcing it to the camera.FED4544B-8EF3-45BC-85A5-083C8A3D4393_1_105_c.jpeg.4c3e46c5ba7690d20d5febf8bf2de96c.jpeg4C32403C-3314-4393-8F3D-4B285849FFB9_1_105_c.jpeg.a44b76690386d9bf08925394fd18509f.jpeg

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The jackal is full of hope and energy, stalking the cheetah. But wait, what's this? Come on, dude, let's roll.7025A390-A3FD-4F3E-9CAC-6804C34B531A_1_105_c.jpeg.ce2a5d505bf8d017ef0fb273f34fcb4e.jpeg

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The cheetah continues to give hope, getting up, but then lying down againF9856535-3307-48B7-9E96-F82AEBD1EA71_1_105_c.jpeg.f009532cb99e90b1a58a2f5f939ec486.jpeg0FB629F1-0305-4A54-BFEC-DA13536FAB6D_1_105_c.jpeg.19d55496bb745e40968d01480489c6b4.jpeg

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The jackal barks at the cheetah a couple of times, urging him to get going, but finally gives up in disgust. The cheetah continues on, oblivious and aimless.0C9889C0-3704-4D1A-B1C5-0F046C08E881_1_105_c.jpeg.2632c00b8e64932ac40922038f143c76.jpeg

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No urgency when you mate for 3 to 4 days at a time, with up to 50 romantic sessions per day!! ;) 

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These didn't actually quite do the deed.

 

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@MMMim Thanks for liking my photos. I realize I am a total newbie with inexpensive equipment, but I was happy to record my memories. And it is so nice to have someone appreciate my efforts.

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Atravelynn

Zebras rolling on the ground are a favorite of mine.  Glad you saw the hoped for rhino, even a calf!

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Among my favorites: hyenas. Also a leopard that wasn't terribly cooperative in posing.

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Were these guys really fighting or just showing off their beauty against the sunset?

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I think a so-so leopard sighting is better than no leopard sighting...just me though.

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Those little black hyenas are a fav or mine too.

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Are the jackals finally on the right track. No, it's a lion calling and calling for his brother. Couldn't care less about hunting.

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Jackpot for the jackals. Four brothers in Mara North bring down a huge eland. A bloody feast my friends couldn't watch for too long.

 

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