Amboseli National Park – Part II

Day 2 was here with us :-).

I really miss this place because all we had to worry about was catching the sunrise. No other responsibilities whatsoever. Life was good *sigh*.

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We came across this big fella and decided to stalk him :-D. Maybe he would lead us to some females. Lol
We came across this big fella and decided to stalk him :-D. Maybe he would lead us to some females. Or so we thought.
This zebra was posing so right! How could I just let that shot go? Even that background was sooo right
This zebra was posing so right! How could I just let that shot go? Even that background was sooo right
We were still on his trail. Hehehe. The obsession with this ellie was real.
We were still on his trail. Hehehe. The obsession with this ellie was real.

So after much stalking I think he realized we were onto him. So he decided to cross to the other side where there was a huge thicket *sob*. Anyway, we continued with our game drive thereafter. We were not worried about find another elephant because they were in plenty here in Amboseli.

Then the most amazing thing happened :-O… LIONS!!! We came across 4 sub-adult lions, 3 male and 1 female. Can you believe I didn’t get a shot of any of them? I was sooo mad! So what happened is that morning, there happened to be a number of people on game drives so there were tons of tour vans. One particular tour van decided “nooooo, we are not close enough, why not move so close to the lions, to the point of being all up in their faces.” Yup, that’s what they did. They sped right into the lions’ personal space. As a result,the lions, just like domestic cats, were spooked by the tour van and in turn hurried off to the other side. I was using a 24-105mm lens so no matter how much I zoomed in on them I was not able to get a clear shot. I muttered a couple of not-so-good words under my breath in frustration… but HEY, I have since made peace with that tour van driver.

Consolation? I think not :-(
Consolation? I think not 😦

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Met this guy on the side of the road. He didn't even flinch when we got close to him. I think he was liking all the attention :-).
Met this guy on the side of the road. He didn’t even flinch when we got close to him. I think he was liking all the attention :-).

We got tired of seeing things eye-view level and decided we wanted to see Amboseli from a higher point; so we made our way to The Observation Hill, and boy wasn’t the view all that and a bag of chips (I have never understood that phrase by the way, lol).

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While we were busy enjoying the grandiose view, we happened to spot a small family of ellies making their way across the national park. For a moment we debated whether or not to go meet them as they were crossing…

The family of 3 at a distance.
The family of 3 at a distance.

You can imagine how fast we descended that hill just so that we could catch them. We also had to drive for about 1 kilometer to get to them.

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Luanda
Luanda
Met this pair on our way back to the campsite :)
Met this pair on our way back to the campsite πŸ™‚
Coexistence at its best
Coexistence at its best
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Mount Kilimanjaro showing off

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*cue R.Kelly here*I believe I can flyyyy :-D
I believe I can flyyyy πŸ˜€
Minimal elephant
Loner ellie
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An elephant enjoying a dust bath. This is normally a way of cooling their bodies.
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These guys, who happened to be part of our entourage, had a brief encounter with an elephant as he was crossing the road. He paused for about 10 seconds staring at the car, before proceeding to the other side.
Another magical sunset to end a beautiful day:)
Another magical sunset to end a beautiful day:)
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8 thoughts on “Amboseli National Park – Part II

  1. I especially like the shots from the observation hill and the breathtaking view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Why lie, I envy your tours…Keep it up gal !

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