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Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

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Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:23 pm

After visiting Samburu on our first visit to Kenya in 2006 we decided it was time to go back. Samburu is very different to the Mara, much drier, smaller, thicker bush and no off road driving. We again returned to the Samburu Intrepids which is part of the same group that own the Mara Intrepids which we stay at when in the Masai Mara. The SI recently completed a renovation of the whole camp due to being flooded in March 2010, it's lovely.

We knew in Samburu not to expect the same amount of animals that are in Mara but we were not prepared for just how little animals we saw full stop. Severe droughts followed by flooding last year seems to have made a big difference to the amount of animals there is up there and it's not good news No I remember us driving about in 2006 and virtually everywhere you turned you saw Dik Dik's, Grevvy Zebras & Impalas - we only saw 3 Grevvy's in the 3 days we were there, I never even got a photo of them Crying or Very sad

We tried to find a leopard but after much searching no success, no cheetah and two lionesses who I am going to have to think about whether I post a photo of as they were very thin Crying or Very sad We saw them trying to hunt and the Rangers were even trying to help them out by placing their jeep between the lionesses and the Oryx they were stalking so they could use the jeep to sneak up on the Oryx, alas it was not to be No Aparently one of the two lionesses had two cubs to feed as well Crying or Very sad

Seeing Samburu like that was really quite sad and it has meant we probably will not return to this area again, there was just not enough animals to warrant returning. I really feel for the guides, they have a very difficult task with so little about to see.

What we did see was quite a few Elephant behind and the beautiful Reticulated Giraffe so they are the only really good photos we got in Samburu.
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:47 pm

I've made these smaller for posting on the threads, hope they are not too small !

Mother & Baby Impala


Baby Oryx


Reticulated Giraffe


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Post  littlewid on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:01 pm

Doogs that is so sad to read how bad it is in Samburu. I too feel sorry for the guides but it really shows how tough it is for the animals. It brought a lump to my throat to read about the two lionesses, especially as there were cubs to feed as well, it's never nice seeing thin animals, I hope they are ok.
I can understand why you don't want to return, from a safari point of view, it's not worth the money but I wonder what would happen if everyone decided not to return, what would the guides do and would there be an impact on the animals? thats not a guilt trip, just a thought about how samburu would alter more. The elements have a lot to answer for don't they, there is either flooding or drought in Africa but it is nice to get a true picture of what is happening there at the moment so i'm glad you posted the information.

Loving the photo's Very Happy especially the mother and baby Impala cheers

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Post  whitestarling on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:05 pm

What a shame it was so quiet after all that traveling Doogs. Thats a long way to go, and expensive, for so little to see.
The Photos are great Doogs not to small at all, but I'm not sure what an Impapa is scratch never heard of one of those Love the Giraffe
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:05 pm

Tower of Giraffe (I like this one !)


Baby Elephant (less than a year old)


Ele's Foot
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Post  littlewid on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:11 pm

Oh My Goodness, those are all wonderful Doogs. All those girraffes together wandering off is lovely, it's a kind of cherio picture Very Happy
Baby ele is so very sweet, he looks as if he is having a scratch or possibly going to fall over, he's an absolute darling I love you and I really like the ele foot picture, thats the kind of picture that could be framed and hung up for all to see Very Happy

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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:21 pm

An Impala is a type of Antelope WS, they are very pretty little things, lovely face & a beautiful colour.

I know where you're coming from LW re if everyone decided not to return and the impact it would have on the guides & animals but it just does not warrant the amount of money we spent going. What it is good for is ele's and giraffe and I know many people like ele's - hopefully that will be enough, at the moment to keep them going until things recover again.

Little Elephant behind was having a scratch LW, he was so cute and it was funny watching him trying to use his little trunk, he still didn't quite have the hang of it :)
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Post  whitestarling on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:27 pm

Love those shots Doogs. That really is a fantastic, shot of the Giraffes. Hope you wer'nt to close to that foot
Ahhh I knew what an Impala was, it was the ImpaPa that had me confused
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:29 pm

I'll put a couple of pictures of one of the lionesses we saw on a different thread so you can choose whether you want to look at them or not. They are not horrific, I wouldn't post them if they were but they are thinner than they should be Crying or Very sad
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Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:31 pm

I will go and amend that now WS - I did think it scratch that you asked what it was, me - DOH !!!! lol!

An Impapa sounds rather cute though :) Wink Laughing
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Post  littlewid on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:33 pm

Bless him Doogs, he really is just so adorable. I love elephants, the big ones for their magestic being and family unity and the little ones for the fun they have. I understand about the lack of animals, if I was going on safari I would want to see all kinds of wildlife, not just one or two species, even though I adore ele's. It's a huge amount of money to spend but as you say, hopefully the eles and giraffe will keep them going and nature does have a way of bouncing back and maybe if the place is quiter for a while, it will give it a chance to recover in peace. Fingers crossed it does.
On the other hand, I know it was your money but the report does show the real truth as it is now, it's like a news report that puts it all in perspective. If you are not there you have the impression that all is well and the animals are in abundance, so it is good to get the truth, even though it was at yours and Ians expense.
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:49 pm

We actually had a really funny incident with a young male ele. I must confess they are the only animal I feel wary of on safari, the cats don't bother me in the slightest but the ele's can make you feel a bit nervous at times 'cause of their size and the damage you know they could inflict so easily. Of course the guides are so well trained, they know any signs of an ele being agressive and will move if need be so there really is no need to worry but you just can't help it, you do !

We had a young adolescent male who thought he was being tough by trumpeting at us and playfully charging. If we moved the jeep he would come running after us, loud trumpeting but as soon as we stopped the jeep - he stopped and came no closer ! He made us all Laughing and on this occasion you could see he wasn't being angry he was just trying to show how grown up he was, but he wasn't

Yes it was at our expense that we found out what Samburu is like at the moment but I'm glad we went back as we'd have always been wondering. I really do hope and pray that in time the wildlife does recover at this lovely place
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:45 pm

Lovely pictures there Doogs, my favourite is the little baby ele:D

So sad to hear how dry it is. It must be so tough for all the animals. Really upset me to read what you said. Really funny story about the young male ele though. Cute Very Happy
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Doogs on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:56 pm

I thought you'd like that one AM Wink Elephant behind
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Re: Samburu (06-08/09/2011)

Post  Laikipia on Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:22 am

Lovely photos Doogs and devastating to hear how bad things were where you were. The drought really has taken it's toll and no signs of rain at all. I won't say more until I post my photos but Sarara fortunately has a waterhole so hence an abundance of eles, dik dik, lesser kudu and the rest.

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