Amboseli

Tatabamba rescues her newborn calf

on Monday, 05 November 2012. Posted in 2012, Amboseli

Tatabamba rescues her newborn calf

This little guy is the 228th calf born in Amboseli since October 2011. At under 6 hours old we watched him make the long march to the marsh whereupon he got stuck. Luckily Mum (Tatabamba) was there to help and after about 15 minutes she finally freed him using her trunk and feet. Poor little thing looked terrified unsurprisingly!

Amboseli Images

on Saturday, 03 November 2012. Posted in 2012, Photography, Amboseli

A few favourites from Amboseli - November 2012

Amboseli Images

Charging youngster

on Friday, 25 May 2012. Posted in 2012, Photography, Amboseli

Charging youngster

Spent 10 mins with this little one this am....charge after charge....you can just imagine what was going though its mind....'one day I will be big and tough and take you on!'

Amboseli Tusker

on Friday, 02 March 2012. Posted in 2012, Photography, Amboseli

Amboseli Tusker

A big male tusker on the lake bed....just stunning!

The Elephant and Amboseli National Park

on Wednesday, 02 November 2011. Posted in 2011, Kenya, Amboseli

Amboseli, Kenya

The Elephant and Amboseli National Park

The flight between Meru and Amboseli was quite spectacular. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and by the time we had reached 8,000 feet we could see both Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro out of the same window. Two majestically snow capped free standing mountains rising high above the African savannah. As we approached Amboseli one could see they had not received any rain for a while. ‘Dust devils’ (miniature dust tornados towering high into the sky) scattered the sparse landscape and as we landed we were engulfed in the white fine volcanic dust that the area is well known for. A quick game drive produced some elephant bathing in a mud hole before we settled into our new home for the next three days; Tortilis Camp.

Amboseli – a perfect mix of culture and wildlife

on Wednesday, 30 June 2010. Posted in 2010, Kenya, Amboseli

Amboseli – a perfect mix of culture and wildlife

After a night spent in Nairobi at the wonderful Ngong House, the Pressman family and myself jumped aboard our private charter to Amboseli National Park. Our first sightings from the plane were some zebra and hartebeest streaming across the open savannah. On landing we met Joe, my co-guide, and our trusty landcruisers and we made the short trip to our private luxury mobile camp. The first thing Emily said to me was are there any giraffe in the region. As if by chance and around the corner was a journey of 9 of these elegant animals passing through the scrub browsing acacia trees on their way.

A farewell song from Amboseli and onto Tanzania

on Monday, 01 February 2010. Posted in 2010, Kenya, Amboseli

A farewell song from Amboseli and onto Tanzania

One of the attractions of visiting Amboseli is meeting the local people who live on its outskirts, so to experience some culture was the plan for our last day. However the way the wildlife was performing our schedule was always going to be changed. On the way to a Maasai village we came across more big herds of elephant. At times it is amazing how quietly these huge animals wander through the bush but this was not one of those times. We thought at first it was just the big males again creating bedlum so were surprised to suddenly see 2 lion heads pop up in the centre of the herd. The ensuing frenzy of screeching and growling was deafening as they all tried to frantically get away from each other. The lion had obviously been sleeping after a long night of patrolling but were rudely awaken by the elephant who had accidentally stumbled across them. Fortunately, there were no injuries to either side as both swiftly dispersed and moved on in separate directions tails between their legs.

The magnificent elephants of Amboseli

on Saturday, 30 January 2010. Posted in 2010, Kenya, Amboseli

The magnificent elephants of Amboseli

Leaving the volcanic hills of the Chyulus behind us we drove to Amboseli National Park at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Having not been to Amboseli for 3 months I was not sure what to expect. The 3 year drought had certainly affected the plains game population however I had heard the predators were thriving. Especially the lion whose numbers have actually grown by 50%, not many places can boast that, and within 5 minutes of going through the gate we saw a lone male traversing the savannah in search of shade in the heat of the day. The swamps are full of water and the grass is lush and green. What a transformation!