|In the lions' den.|
|Our Driver, Dennis|
An East African safari is centered around "game drives" which usually take place twice a day, in the early morning and late afternoon, the times during which game is most active hunting or feeding. Animals are sensible enough to hunker down during the hot noon-day hours.
|A rare solitary hyena.|
Our group was divided into two cars, and we set out on our first game drive with great anticipation. The Laikipia plains were full of animals and we gazed with awe at herds of impala, ostrich, zebra, and elephants, along with big birds such as bustard and ostrich. Our Turkana driver was very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy the animals as much as we did. One of our number spotted a leopard in a bush, and we were off tracking the leopard as she enticed us on by showing her spots here and there meandering through the bushland. Our guide radioed the other vehicle to let them know of the sighting. They arrived shortly thereafter and the leopard, of course, stopped near their car and posed for close-up photos! Later our driver learned by radio contact that the other vehicle had spotted two rhino in the act of fornication! We rushed off to join that party, but by the time we arrived, the two had separated and the male was trailing after the female, spraying his scent and pleading with her to return.
|Mother giraffe with newborn|