Pamoja at Sweetwaters
Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

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You CAN'T go to Africa without doing a safari, of course, so during our brief stay at Sweetwaters Camp near Mt. Kenya, we did a few game drives through the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Here are a few of  my favorite safari photos from Ol Pejeta...

 

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Jon and Cathy in Dave's truck...


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A one-tusker ellie with a bad leg...


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African fish eagle...


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Unidentified wild creature checking to be sure no one is watching before setting up his trail camera...I think that might be against the rules....


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Hartebeests...


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Crowned crane adult with a young one...

 

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Ol Pejeta is home to two of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos.  


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Not only are they fenced in a 700-acre enclosure for protection, they have their own personal 24/7 bodyguards armed with rifles and the orders concerning possible poachers:  "Shoot first, ask questions later."


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Just outside the rhino area, is this acacia tree cemetery for rhinos...


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You may remember a lot of media coverage when Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros, died in 2018.  He was living here at Ol Pejeta...here is his grave...


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Tombstones for the Ol Pejeta rhinos that have died...

 

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Secretary bird...a snake-eater...


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Black-backed jackal pair...


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Thomson gazelle...better known as a Tommy...

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Big Daddy impala keeping an eye on his harem...


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Tawny eagle...


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Two young impala bucks sparring...


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Ol Pejeta is also home to over 100 endangered black rhinos, of which we saw several during our stay.

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Although several live on the conservancy, we didn't see many big cats.  This lioness was hanging out just outside the rhino enclosure fence with a group of 7 different-aged cubs.


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You can see she's wearing a tracking collar...

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...and is easily identifiable by her bobbed tail.  Wonder how that happened?  Maybe a run-in with a crocodile back when she was just a lass?

 

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This cub was reluctant to follow the group...


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...and Mama is giving him the stink-eye...

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Racing a jackal down the road...


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Crowned crane family...


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Baby rhino...


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...and momma wasn't far away!

 

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Bill and Shirley, with Dave and Ethan...

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Late afternoon storm clouds brewing over the savannah...as it turned out, we only encountered a few sprinkles.

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White-bellied bustard...


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Big male giraffe...you'd be amazed how giraffes can hide, even as big as they are!


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You can see how tall and long-legged those secretary birds are!  

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More crowned cranes...they are big too!


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The other set of lions we saw...


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Helmeted guineafowl...


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Another unidentified wild creature stealthily retrieving the trail cam a couple of days later. Unfortunately, nothing too exciting on it this time.

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Tawny eagle...


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Jackal family...there were four pups scattered around this den...

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This is not a deformed cape buffalo...this is actually 2 of them side by side...


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Crowned eagle on sentry...


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Baboons in the acacias...


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We saw lots and lots of pundamilia...Swahili for "donkey with stripes...


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This old girl looks pretty ragged around the edges...

 

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Even Flat Stanley (with his friend Shirley) enjoyed our wildlife viewing at...

...Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

 

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