East Africa 2012

7½ months - with Melanie - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Samburu Reserve

November 18, 2012  —  Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Caracal.

The Samburu Reserve is located in the middle of the country in a semi-desert zone. It has several new species that we had never seen up to now.

In the morning, we surprised this caracal which is the African version of our lynx. It a species that is hard to observe.

Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
The Somali Ostrich is characterized by its blue neck and legs (for adults).
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Elephants always provide a magnificent show.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Mud bath in the afternoon.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Beisa Oryx.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Female Gerenuk.

The Waller's gazelle, or gerenuk, is a curious antelope that tries hard to be a giraffe.

Why? Because it feeds on leaves from acacia just like the giraffe and also because it has a long neck allowing it to reach the leaves of the acacia trees.

Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Male Gerenuk.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Female Gerenuk.
The gerenuk often stands on its hind legs to eat. Note that the female's neck is thinner than the male one.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Vulturine Guineafowl.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Chameleon.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Landscapes in the reserve.
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Tracking Godzilla.

Imagine being in a Godzilla movie searching for this giant.

It is an elephant's footprint in the mud. It has slipped and consequently, the footprint seems wider than normal.

Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
Plants in the semi-desert ground.