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Amazing Day in Nairobi National Park

Monday, June 03, 2013

Just want to share my amazing day in the Nairobi National Park. This is a wildlife game reserve within the boundaries of a Mega City.
We do game counts every 2 months from the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) and they are a lot of fun.

Basically you are allocated a piece of the park and count animals you see at the same time as everybody else. I love it if I am allocated a piece on the other side, since you will drive through the whole park and get a chance to see a lot.

This was one special morning! We went in at 6am at the crack of dawn as always.

First thing we saw with in 3-4 km was a big fat Rhino walking right in front of us on the road - usually you only get to see them from a distance.
UNfortunately my camera developed a problem, so most pictures where very bad, I will only share the Best!

500m after the Rhino, right after the next bend we saw a big male lion, who was very love sick according to the sounds he made.

We had to follow him for a while, before he moved over enough for us to pass. Sorry about the poor picture.

less than 1 km away we got to one of the sign-posts and see what we found:


Then when we got to another dwam a few km down the road I saw 2 Rhino getting at each other with their horns. so we tried to get a bit closer for a better look. Turned out they were again right on the side road we choose. As we got closer they stopped quarreling and decided to walk on.

So we followed and voila, right behind the next bedn in the road we found a group of 7, including the 2 we had seen. This is a rare sight!

We had a few other sightings of Rhino & Lions and of course lots of other animals. Once you finish counting in your part you can stay in the park for the rest of the day and we always take advantage of that. We carry a picnic and just have a good time driving around or going for little walks in the few areas where you are allowed out of the car.
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ORANGEKIWI1 6/11/2013 4:18PM

    Wow Steph, One to never ever forget, especially loved the big cats on the sign posts!

How totally inspiring for you (and us now!)

Cheers,

Kirsten

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OWL_20 6/9/2013 6:08AM

    emoticon Would love to see these animals in their natural habitat!

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ASHERAH38 6/8/2013 10:49AM

    Wow, sounds like a great day. I went to the park in May when I was home for 3 months. Had a great time. We didn't see any rhinos :-( but still it was nice. It had been a while since I had visited the park.

Have a great weekend
~ Cathy

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RONNIEHUEY 6/6/2013 6:07PM

    Wow! You are so lucky to be a counter.We have to count Bald Eagles at a local lake.They are rare in Southern Calif.

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IGSBETH 6/4/2013 2:21PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing!

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JUNEPA 6/4/2013 1:35AM

    Awesome way to spend a day !!

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NATPLUMMER 6/3/2013 11:03AM

    Cool!!

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JACKIE542 6/3/2013 10:20AM

    Very exciting!! emoticon

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STEPHLOKI 6/3/2013 10:13AM

    LovingAfrica,

here poaching has also gone up to alarming rates, that's why yesterday was so special. Last week about 4 rhinos were killed for their horns in different game parks. So far Nairobi National Park has not been affected. The Wildlife Service has increased the patrols and we saw lots of the Rhino guards all over the park patrolling.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/3/2013 10:04AM

    How great is that! Our rhino are being pouched at an amazing and unheard of rate at the moment. SA is losing the battle to save the rhino.
Bless you!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/3/2013 9:16AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/3/2013 9:02AM

    Beautiful!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/3/2013 9:00AM

    What an experience! Thanks for sharing.

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YMWONG22 6/3/2013 3:51AM

  That must be quite an encounter. To be able to see so many animals in their habitat up close. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience and the pictures you took.
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