These animals offer Kenya an economic boost because of the steady stream of tourists that come to see them. And no wonder! Going on safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience (unless you're like us and live so close you can even do day trips - can't complain about that!).
These photos really don't do it justice. But they offer a glimpse.
And yes, these are all my photos. I've been asked many times if they are. Just a regular DSLR camera, up close and personal with the animals.
I think of Aslan every time I see this photo
Mama zebra and baby
these two rhinos are under surveillance 24/7
by the Kenyan Wildlife Service,
to ensure they are protected from poachers
the Swahili word for zebra is "punda milia"
which means "striped donkey"
leopard, one of the more elusive big cats
hippos are surprisingly loud creatures
gathering around the water hole
we saw these beauties and Asa
started staying "twiga"
which is Swahili for giraffe
secretary bird, which we knew all about
from watching a Wild Kratts episode
pair of lions
cheetah siblings recently independent from their mother
a herd of female elephants
baby cape buffalo
mama lion moving her cub
to a new location
line of giraffes
yes, the safari jeeps really do get that close
mama baboon and baby
mama rhinoceros and baby, a very rare sight
flamingo stretching its wings
These last photos are not from safari. But they are more examples of Kenya's diverse and incredible wildlife.
chameleon, which we could find easily
in the yard around our house
starfish at the coast
moray eel in the tide pools at the coast
crab at the beach