The major reason anyone goes on an African safari is to see the wild animals. As we began planning this trip we learned that a trip in late August would coincide with the end of the wildebeast migration to the Serengeti in Tanzania. So our hopes were high as we headed out on this trip. We wanted to see giraffes, elephants, zebras and lions. Mike was also hoping to see herds of animals. We were not disappointed.
When reading about what we might expect to see for animals, we often read about “The Big Five”. We were under the impression that this referred to the most popular and most sought after sightings by tourists. Such a Western and ethnocentric point of view. Our wonderful guide, Martin, informed us that this term refers to the five most problematic animals for the locals; lions, buffalo, elephants, rhinos and leopards. We saw all but the elusive leopard.
Our five day, four night safari included three days on the Maasai Mara. One of these was on the Maasai Mara National Game Preserve. The other two were outside the park, but still on the Mara. We traveled to Lake Nakuru for our last two days (one night) where we saw pelicans, flamingos, and our first rhinos of the trip.
But enough of this…here are thumbnails of a small sampling of the 1000 or so pictures of the wide variety (many more than we expected) of land and water animals we saw while on the trip. Click on each thumbnail to get the enlarged picture. Enjoy.