Heading out on Safari

Trip Start Nov 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 10, 2007

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Woke up and took a shower. While in the shower, the lights went out...freaky! I quickly finished up, got dressed in the dark and opened the bathroom door to see light. .I told Wes and Sherry that the power had gone out in the bathroom and I guess Sherry had blown a circuit when she plugged her blow dryer in. We met our driver in the lobby and he took us over to Southern and Eastern Safaris local office for a debriefing as to what to expect and our itinerary. We then headed out for our 1st destination, Samburu National Reserve. We stopped at a check point and our van was swarmed by local tribe members trying to seel their wares. One particular woman walked up to my window and asked me to buy her bananas and that she needed the money to feed her baby. I had 50 shillings in my pocket so I gave it to her and told her I didn't want her bananas. She asked me my name and told me to remember her when we came back through. Anyhow, 6 hours on bumpy roads (they call it an African massage) and many villages later we arrived at the Larsen's tented camp. We were shown to our tents, which were part tents, part concrete. The floors were concrete and the bathroom part was stone. We had running water, electricity and the rest was a canvas tent. We were told to be aware of the monkeys, because if they get a chance, they will get into your rooms. We were also told that the electricity would be shut off during our afternoon game drives at 4pm to 6pm and then again at midnight until 5am. We enjoyed a late afternoon lunch by the river and then headed out for our first afternoon game drive.  On our way into the reserve, we seen reticulated giraffes, camels, ostrich's, elephants, and many types of gazelles and birds. We were told at the point where we turned west that if we continued on the road north to Ethiopia, we would need security. That area is inhabited by the Muslim community. Most of Kenya is Christian, but there is a small sect that is Muslim and that it was dangerous to travel through that part of the country. 

Michael, our driver/guide picked us up at 4pm for the afternoon game drive and we seen Warthogs, Zebras, more elephants, giraffes and we were very lucky to spot a Cheetah sitting by the side of the trail that we were on. We snapped many pictures and our driver alerted the other driver/guides in the area about the Cheetah. Soon there were many vans coming our way to have a look. The Cheetah had moved a little further into the bush so that he was harder to spot than when we first seen him. Awesome!

We returned to camp and enjoyed a lovely dinner by the river. There were only 13 guests total the first night and even less the second night. We retired to our tents, and as we were heading there, Wes said hey you guys, do you hear that? We stopped and heard water splashing around from the river. The security guard shone his flash light towards the river and said, "That is just elephants playing, they are Far away, no need to worry." We're thinking uh, they can't be that far away if we can hear them splashing! It was a rough night sleeping. When they shut the generator down it went pitch black. I held my hand in front of my face and couldn't see it at all! I finally reached for my watch above me on the headboard. It has an indiglo and I seen that it was only 3am. Sherry and I were afraid to get out of the bed for fear of creatures on the floor. Finally 5am came and the lights came back on.
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