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The Big 5 Minus One Wildlife Sightings A Nature Lovers Dream Trip at Amboseli and Tsavo East National Park

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It’s pretty safe to say many animal lovers dream of traveling to Africa and observe wildlife uncaged in its natural settings. Hoping to see a glimpse of The Circle of Life in action. Take in some amazing prana and basically stare in awe at the animals’ power and grace. its good to embrace wildlife with a mindset of knowing at any moment if they decide they do not want you in their space, it’s healthy and wise to quickly leave their space. Ok…*Raises hand* It’s me I’m the animal lover with the dream! Let me tell ya’ll it is AWESOME to experience.

 

Cloudy day at Mount Kilimanjaro view from Amboseli Park. The highest mountain in Africa, elevation 19,341’. It is a dormant volcano in 📍east Tanzania.

Interesting stories and culture tidbits we receive while traveling is one of the gifts of travel. Regarding Mount Kilimanjaro, during our journey we were told three different stories; by three different people of the mountain being gifted to Tanzania. Each was told with a smile attached…

  • A British nobility wanted to marry a Tanzanian nobility and Mount Kilimanjaro was a gift of love.
  • The couple got a divorce. And in the divorce settlement Tanzania won Mount Kilimanjaro to keep as theirs; but the best view is on Kenya side. 😂 this was my favorite version
  • Queen Victoria gave the mountain to her nephew as a birthday gift.

I’m pretty sure more business was attached to the real deal between Kenya and Tanzania border design. These passed down stories and adaptations of folk tales were great to hear. The communication and interaction with residents of other travelers of sharing the stories added to the inclusivity of a global community. Plenty of good vibes and laughs were exchanged across cultures, and appreciated the same.

At Amboseli National Park the opportunity to see the Big Five is present. The legacy of the Big Five is they are known to be the most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. The Big 5 are the elephant, lion, cape buffalo, rhino, and leopard. Back in the day safari was more about game hunting shot to kill the animals. Now safari carries the energy of hunting the animals with a camera shooting pictures with the hope they continue to thrive. We are visiting Kenya’s Amboseli National Park during the time of the great migration. Pride of Lions and Lioness make their presence and power known. Of the Big Five, it is the Elephant that reigns supreme at Amboseli Park.

 

Video: Beautiful elephants and calf grazing, the large bull not far away at Amboseli

 

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” -Unknown
#1 Elephants of Amboseli National Park 📍Kajiado Africa

The Elephant herds appear to be healthy and abundant at Amboseli. While touring the water holes the female cows can be seen in herds feeding with their calf. The females stay together, like families and the males leave the herds between puberty ages 9-18. The bull; a large male elephant typically lives alone. The bulls do socialize amongst themselves and form a less formal friendship herd. The families are lead by matriarchs, typically an elder female elephant. An interesting observation tidbit we learned from our guide is the elephants really don’t have predators. They normally die of old age or starvation, as the elephants’ age they lose their teeth during the elder years. At that life stage, they can no longer eat enough and starve. It’s rare for a lion to attack a herd, members of the herds rarely separate. It takes a long time to produce a baby elephant, they stay in the womb for almost two years. The females stay close to and care for their young.

The overwhelming size of a bull elephant is a lot to take in. It truly is a different energy to see him here versus in a zoo. Here it is recognized that he is allowing us to cross his territory, I sincerely appreciate his hospitality. Elephants are said to have excellent memories. They are intelligent animals with their own critical thought process. Our travel guide informed us the elephants can recall previous interactions and access threat. Due to previous higher threat interactions with Masai. The elephants respond differently to Masai tribes; versus other tribes. The elephants carry that same energy and memory regarding safari tours. Now humans shot cameras not guns; in turn, are no longer seen as a threat in general. But if humans were intent on harming them, the elephants would remember and protect themselves.

 

“God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.” 
-Pablo Picasso

Pride of Lioness were visibly on the prowl on the plains at dusk. During the day they are normally sleeping and conserving energy. They hunt together as a stealthy team. The female lions do the hunting and raise the cubs. The male lion will eat their catch, and at times kill cubs if he is taking over another lions territory.

 

#2 Lion It is said to see a lion cub in a dream is thought to indicate you may meet a new friend, as a lioness also symbolizes maternal instinct

All of the other nearby animals go on alert when the lions are in the area. There are ostrich, zebras, and hippo’s across the plains; each aware of their surroundings. Predators are masters of camouflage and patience. Prey must watch its back at all times the savannah does not offer the luxury of relaxation very often in this space. There really is no such thing as easy prey, or lazy days to regroup in the wild. The Circle of Life demands survival of the fittest all day, every day.

 

“ I have eyes like a bullfrog, a neck like an ostrich and long, limp hair. You just have to be good to survive with that equipment.” -Bette Davis

All of the animals are equipped with a defense or evasive skill that deserves respect. Animals that are alone are more prone to be preyed upon. The ostrich has claws on their toes and a powerful kick. If properly placed a kick can cripple or kill a lion. Ostrich also can run fast but are unable to fly. They are the second fastest land animal; with a sprint at speeds of up to 45 mph on average, with a peak of 60 mph during short periods. The ostrich’s speeds are only second to the cheetah.

 

We experienced first hand why the ostrich is hunted by lions. Check out Carnivore Exotic Meat Review The ostrich is a delicious dark meat bird. 

On nature shows we tend to see the lions attacking animals and the hunt. While on safari we experienced a different aspect of the circle of life for the lions. A glimpse of the lion mating was performed in view of a herd of zebra and us.lol. What drew our attention to the mating pair were when a zebra family stood up at attention facing the lethal couple.

 

Family of zebra start to stand at attention as they spot Lions nearby.

The lion couple were a few feet away laying down in the grass. The mating process for lions is very quick. The mating session lasts less than 30secs; and takes place 4-5 times per day. The lions carelessly walk away, not really thinking about the zebra family or us watching nearby. The zebra however were not taking any chances and proceeded to run in the opposite direction.

 

📷Honeymooners after 17seconds of luvin🦁🥰

#3 Cape Buffalo

 

Cape Buffalo are symbolic of strength, service, dedication, and connection to Mother Earth. It is said as a spirit animal they link your mindset with freedom, and the actions towards those ideals. To observe wildlife in nature is a gift. It is a powerful and at times brutal observation of following gut instincts of survival. 


Elusive Endangered #4 Black Rhinoceros at Tsavo East National Park.

 

We were very fortunate and honestly lucky to see the Black Rhinoceros. The species is critically endangered. Black Rhinos were hunted close to extinction by poachers for their horns. Now a small population is located on a conservation within Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.  Being on a safari in general requires a great deal of patience. Searching for the Black Rhino required sharp eyes, patience and silence. Which also allows for good time to breathe and process thoughts. 

 Two quotes come to mind that can come close to describing time out in the African savannah.

“It’s really beautiful. It feels life God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa.” – Will Smith

I think there is a great deal of truth and value to the quote “Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.” – William Burchell

Our wildlife minus one is the stealth leopard. We know they were in the area, but unfortunately  I was unable to photograph any this time. 

We did have some dope hippopotamus sightings, which I think should be added to the Big Safari Wildlife list. 

A bonus unique safari experience is to stay in a luxury tent camp. Kibo Amboseli is a great camping experience that combines a wilderness experience with comforts. Be sure to subscribe and check out the Kibo Camp Blog 

 A happy yogi at Kibo Luxury Tent Camp Amboseli 

Sunset over the savannah Amboseli National Park Kenya, Africa

 

“Travel is more than seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” -Miriam Beard

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