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Holding Fire

This photo was taken in a Maasai Village in Kenya, just outside Maasai Mara National Reserve. Maasai Mara is one of my favorite places in the world, it has everything to offer; gorgeous natural landscapes, tons of wild animals, beautiful places to stay, and a wonderful village to visit just outside the park’s gates. The village was really interesting, and all of the people we talked to were very sweet, and they were happy to show us around. This man, along with a younger man, was showing us how they make fires there, it was a very interesting process to watch.

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Another picture of beautiful Kenya, taken while on safari in Samburu National Park. The tour company we use is Steenbok, and they’re really wonderful. We’ve been on safari in Kenya twice and we used them both times, and both trips were fantastic. No matter what you are looking at in Kenya, the scenery is always, always beautiful. I don’t think i’ve ever been to a country with such diversity, in terms of landscape (or maybe I just haven’t been exposed to it the way I have here) but i’m in love with Kenya and all of it’s natural beauty. If you have the opportunity to go, I would strongly recommend exploring this amazing country.

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This is a plantation in Uganda, we saw lots of plantations on our way to Bwindi (which is where we saw the gorillas) Uganda has a lot of plantations, especially for tea. They’re really beautiful, and we pulled over a couple of times just to stop and look at the view. If you’re big in to tea, Africa is one of the best places to drink it. I love tea, I have a cup of Kenyan tea every day, I loved the Ugandan tea that we had too, but we didn’t find a place to buy any.

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Another couple of pictures of a beautiful sunrise in Africa. This was taken on our last game drive in Kenya, at what is probably my favorite place on earth, Maasai Mara. I don’t have too much more to say about the park than what i’ve said in previous posts. It’s magnificent, everything from the sunrise to the grassy stretches of land filled with grazing zebras to the lions lounging under the trees. It’s an amazing place, and if you were only going to visit one park in Kenya, i’d recommend it be this one. These pictures (while still pretty) don’t really give you the best idea of how beautiful a place it really is, but trust me, it’s gorgeous.

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This is our beautiful little tent cabin in Kibale, Uganda. We stayed at the Primate Lodge, which was absolutely fantastic. When we weren’t out trekking we were relaxing here; on the porch drinking tea, reading, and just enjoying the jungle view. When we were trekking we saw SO much; lots of beautiful natural scenery, birds, and tons of different primates, including chimps. This place was great, and Kibale is an AMAZING place to visit. If you have the opportunity, absolutely go to Kibale, it’s an incredible experience. Also, if you are in Uganda go visit the Impenetrable Forest to see the Gorillas. We had a better viewing of the gorillas, just because they weren’t moving as much as the chimps, but both are wonderful!!!!!

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This is a Yellow Necked Spurfowl, which are are native to Kenya, and can be seen in many of the parks in Kenya. I think these birds are really pretty, and I like seeing all the different birdlife in Kenya. This was taken in Buffalo Springs National Reserve, which is a really nice park, located really close to Shaba National park. You can visit both in one day; do a morning game drive in one park and an afternoon game drive in the other.

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This is a photograph of a giraffe silhouette, taken in Maasai Mara, Kenya. As i’ve mentioned before (see other Kenya posts) Maasai Mara is my favorite of the parks i’ve visited in Kenya. I find that it has the greatest proliferation of wildlife, and we usually have great luck here, there are tons of animals, especially if you are around during the Great Migration, and because this park is more touristed (still no where close to over-touristed though) the animals are a little less shy than they are at some of the more remote parks.

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