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Tanzanian cats

Sandy, Michael and I went over the southern Kenyan border into Tanzania, to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro national parks.
There was just so much to see.
This is just about cat type animals.

The lions seem to spend a lot of time with their eyes shut

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but occasionally look semi-awake

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but their babies seem to get lost

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This one looked happy to see us

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Checking out the menu

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A smaller cat

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A leopard sitting next to a little stream

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taking a walk

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checking us out

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and having a sleep

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another cat that Judy says is a
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Lamu

Lamu is a little town right up in the north eastern coastal area of Kenya, about 60 kilometres from the Somali border. It is quite different to the Kenya that we have known: very strongly Muslim, gentle fisher people who also depend heavily on the tourist industry, and the ultra rich who have incredibly opulent houses here. We saw three settlements: Lamu in the middle

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Matandoni three kilometres to the west

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Shela to the east

It is famous for its cats
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and donkeys,
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as the little alleyways are too narrow for any vehicle other than donkeys.

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Sandy found suitable garb for the sun and heat - and less sunburn risk

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picture postcards from Switzerland

We have accidentally visited Switzerland a couple of times recently, but with never enough time to ‘do (some of) the sights. so on the way to a little conference-lette in Austria, we took a couple of days or so in Switzerland, stopping off first with Dirk and Isabel (they spent time in ILRI during the worst of the more recent troubles in Kenya, and still managed to have a relaxing time!)
to acclimatise to the scenery …

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Dirk is a cycling enthusiast, and this is the view from the top of one of his favourite hills

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Then off to Interlaken

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by train up into the mountains

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by train to to picture postcard valleys

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into the snowline

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up in cable cars to places frequented by James Bond

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and still further up
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snowploughs can be fun machines

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The north face of the Eiger

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The train that goes up into the Eiger and beyond

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Most of our fellow passengers were from India, China and Japan and some found the scenery quite exhausting

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a station on the way up

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on top of europe: the Jungfraujoch

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and the same view in

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Easter break: getting back

Getting back from the coast, only two drivers, so we kept going fairly relentlessly, back through Tsavo and the Mombasa road in only two days.
More animals …. domestic

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and other

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Tsavo Est is famous for its ‘red’ elephants

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As we travelled westwards the clouds became heavier, the roads damper,

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and we arrived back to work at the start of the wet season. Perfect timing

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From the left we have the travellers: Sandy, Marta, Miika, Delia and (Ilma&theKenyan). The patch of blue is a canvas awning, NOT the sky!


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Easter break - getting there

A group of us went to the coast for an Easter break.
Like most things in Africa, the journey was as big as the event itself.
First relaxing night at Kapiti

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for sundowners overlooking the hills:

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then onto the Mombasa road and it’s traffic againagain

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Then turn North East into Tsavo East:

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And the red elephants (red due to the dust) and friends

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The Galena river hippos

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and rapids

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then out onto the coastal road: mainly straight but very rough:

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And only a few more hours to Watamu. Watamu means ‘the sweet ones …’
Apparently the slavers used to capture their slaves from this area using sweet things.
All of the coast was a slave trading area for the countries to the north.


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Easter Break: doing very little

This trip was about ‘doing’ Watamu, north of Mombassa, and having time off, doing very little.

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We rented a house known as Macrae’s,

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at Turtle Bay. so called because of the island(s) just off the beaches. Turtle bay at low(ish) tide looked like this:

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And at high tide:

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Good times were had eating (mainly seafood straight of the boat) and socialising

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looking at a ruined old Swahili town (Gide)

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snorkelling (sorry, no underwater camera)

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And our boat needed to be towed most of the way back to the mainland

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relaxing in the warm sea

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Amboseli

Amboseli is one of the smaller parks, right on the Tanzanian border, about 4 hours from our house. It has a large swamp surrounded by rocky or sandy desert.

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We had a little unplanned excitement just a little way into the park: Miika’s car had fuel-line-fever: It stopped. Gita is inspecting the tow cable.

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cheap tow ropes?
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after a 20km tow … a pit, a mechanic, and Miika’s car kept going for another 20 hours or so.

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Amboseli is famous for its elephants and for views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is in neighbouring Tanzania. Queen Victoria felt sorry for her German Cousin William (’Kaiser Bill’) and so the boundary between Kenya and Tanzania was tweaked just a little, so that Bill could have a snowcapped mountain in the tropics too. Queen V already ‘had’ Mount Kenya, through which the equator runs, and it has GLACIERS. Kili is the highest mountain in Africa. It is actually in Tanzania. It is rather spectacular but photo shy: This is the bit in the middle of Kili:

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Kili is very wide, probably a shield (i.e. flattish) volcano, with an ash cone stuck on top, and at least 20 - 30 minivolcano ash conelettes dotted about in and around the shield bit. In this photo the solid looking cloud is Kili, with a ‘child’ on the left.

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Amboseli has a large swampy-river area in the middle, where the elephants lie in the water and munch (grass?)

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Occasionally they come out, and you can see how deep they have been in the water, by the tide mark.

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Unlike the elephants in Tsavo West, the Amboseli elephants didn’t harass us, even if they had tiny babies

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And away from the swamp …

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Amboseli is not really a National Park, as the current president returned it to the local Maasai, some of whom apparently get all of the income. This means that they graze their livestock in there, directly competing with wildlife.

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Most of Amboseli is desert,

dried up lake bed

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with usually about eight dust devils visible around you: the larger variety:

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the slender variety that often reaches into the clouds

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A lovely spot.


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aardvark burrows in the sunset

Another short weekend at Kapiti, and because the lions have moved onto the top of the hill, the other wildstock has moved down onto the plains. We went looking for them, but the track was peppered with HUGE holes, apparently made by aardvarks.

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NotQuiteRight Animals

This week end’s escape - the Nairobi National Park, specifically the pens of animals (they called the area a ’safari walk’) requiring ’special’ treatment: I don’t know what they were all there for, but some needed vet attention, and some were just fit to be re-released ….

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Tsavo West

Tsavo is a National Park about 200 km to the east of Nairobi. It is famous as the place where man eating lions killed about 100 labourers and locals when the railway was being built through this area. With the civil unrest in Kenya, the tourist trade has dwindled seriously, and we had to share the park with only a few others. We stayed at Kapiti overnight, on the way:

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We travelled in a group of three cars (and at least two tow ropes as insurance), for easy consultation of maps:

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Shortly after we entered the park, Miika’s car had a close encounter with an surprised elephant, and we all thought there was going to be ‘an incident,’ and rushed into our cars before photos were taken (it was ‘t - h - a - t’ big …). So no photos of that event.

One of the most famous parts of Tsavo is the springs, that gush out megalitres (= a lot, for you non-Aussies) of water, enough to supply many large coastal towns such as Mombasa.

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The water flows out crystal clear. Ilma (who is about 99 month pregnant) really wanted to have a cool dip in the water, but hippos had got there first.

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Tsavo West has many dormant volcanoes, and no eruptions for the last 400 years

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Overnight accommodation was in ‘bandas’ - self catered cottages with bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Simple but excellent.

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as expected / hoped, there were many sorts of wildlife: an eagle about to be disturbed from his breakfast

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Mother and baby

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Monkeys

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And lots of giraffes, which I can’t stop photographing … but why is it they only show their right profiles?

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Giraffe crossing between Miika’s and Steve’s car:

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stream crossing

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A bird family:

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Elephant casing Steve’s car

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Delia said I should stop annoying the elephant with my camera clicking.

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I stopped until the distance between him and us had increased

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Maybe the drop in tourist numbers has meant that elephants are not used to sharing their park?

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