Masai Mara, a photographic report

Posted on February 28, 2013

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6 hour drive from Nairobi to the Masai Mara Game Park = bumpy

3 days 2 nights at the Intrepids Luxery Tented Camp with family =  memories for a lifetime

good news, on our way to the Mara we passed a place with "flash" toilets. I feel so comforted to know such amenities are available to us!

good news, on our way to the Mara we passed a place with “flash” toilets. I feel so comforted to know such amenities are available to us!

The Holtz clan: John, Shari, Rachel and John

The Holtz clan: John, Shari, Rachel and John

John + Claire

John + Claire

This is the "luxery tented camp" we stayed at. And it was truly luxerious...nothing about it was really camping at all. It was quite the treat!

This is the “luxery tented camp” we stayed at. And it was truly luxerious…nothing about it was really camping at all. It was quite the treat!

Grandpa with Valencia

Grandpa with Valencia

Cape Buffalo. One of the "Big Five" most dangerous animals in Africa.

Cape Buffalo. One of the “Big Five” most dangerous animals in Africa.

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Our luxury tent

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Outside of our tent

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Twiga (giraffe in swahili)

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Yes, Claire is that close to a cape buffalo (one of the most dangerous animals in Africa). Thankfully we are in a car.

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forget what these guys are called

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yup. elephant butts.

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I love elephants.

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king of the mountain (er…termite mound)

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sleeping lions

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meal time! we ate like royalty!

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Valencia and Grandma Shari

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Claire and Cia

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sweet bridge across the river

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cliche African sunrise silhouette picture

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John Holtz the elder

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lotsa lion lunch

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sunrise over the river

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Rachel and Claire

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Rachel and John

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I knew it was worth it to get up at 5 am.

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hot air balloons!

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Another of the big 5: hippo

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Hyenas waiting for lions to abandon the hippo, so they can move in to clean up what is left.

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this bachelor pride of lions took down this hippo in the early morning and were enjoying their breakfast when we arrived to watch.

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We were probably about 15 meters away…plenty close in my opinion.

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this Cheetah and her cub jumped on top one of the other safari vehicles for a better vantage of the savannah. Thankfully cheetahs are apparently not at all interested in humans.

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Cheetahs

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Valencia was more concerned with having her pacifier than looking at animals.

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scenery.

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the coming thunderstorm that we eventually got caught in.

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mother lion with her cubs

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love these acacia trees

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driving back after the thunderstorm… a very muddy affair.

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