Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
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The Big 5!
So, I have "hopped" around the world, and although I've seen gorgeous things (including women ) everywhere, there is very few places that can compete with the Animals found in Africa. I saw a lot of wildlife while visiting Kenya (big and small). The most famous animals are known as 'The Big 5', which include: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo and Rhinos. (I'm sure the hippos are pissed that they were left out! Maybe that's why they can outrun a human, bellow like a bull and are one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.)
The are many safaris that cater to people who come just to see the Big 5... and, yes, I did take one of these. It was a group tour that lasted the better part of two days... and I know it's a cliche - but we camped beneath the stars at night. On the first day, we spotted lions and elephants, but the other 3 (buffalo, leopards and rhinos proved more elusive.) Midway through the second day, we finally spotted buffalo wallowing near a riverbank and a rhino not too far away... yet where was the leopard?
Night was nearly upon us - and the safari wrapped up at the end of the day. I paid a pretty penny for the tour - we all did - and there was a bit of grumbling going on - legitimate grumbling. The safari finally came to a close and we started to head back to the lodge. I had accepted the fact that the Big "4" would be all I saw - and I'd have to be content. A couple from the UK were crying bloody murder and demanding refunds!
Anyway, just when we thought the day was lost, lo and behold, the tour guide decide to skirt the Masai Mara Game Reserve - and quick as a flash - we spotted a leopard darting in front of the Rover's headlights, before it disappeared into the bush. Mission accomplished, we saw the Big 5!
Oh, betcha you didn't know that there is also the "Little Five?" They include the buffalo weaver (a bird), elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle. Don't think I saw any of them - but I may have stepped on a rhino beetle or two
Anyway, I've finally seen the Big 5 (another item off of my "bucket list") and included a few shots from my trip to Kenya. This is a gorgeous country with lots more for me to see... The pictures speak for themselves... Cheers!