Sharing moments in time…

East Africa Safari – episode 3 – “H” day….hyenas, hunting and hippos


The day after the lion incident we again left our beautiful bungalow at the Kyambura game lodge where we were staying and got an early start in the Queen Elizabeth park.

Home above the Rift valley

Home above the Rift valley

We checked where the lions were the night before but no one was home.  We did however, notice many kob getting agitated and running from something.   Looking closer, we spotted numerous Hyena  at the edges of the kob herd.  We watched for quite a while as the hyena kept running with the herd in an attempt to wear down some of the younger, weaker animals.  This first photo shows one of the hyena closing in on the herd.

Danger closing in....

Morning Danger closing in….

We saw many other animals that morning but we also had our first extended encounter with a lion.  As we were driving we spotted a single lion sitting up in a field at the top of a hill.  Within a minute or two we saw another lion in the same place but the original cat started toward the road we were on.   We positioned ourselves to get a good view as she passed by and then retired in the shadows of a nearby thicket.

Lion crossing....

Lion crossing….

As we were exiting the park from the morning drive, we also ran across two herds of elephants so Katherine was once again very happy.

Elephants everywhere we looked

Elephants everywhere we looked

In the afternoon we took a cruise on the Kazinga channel where there were Hippopotamus, Cape Buffalo, Elephants, and innumerable species of african birds.  It was a great afternoon with new sights around every turn on the channel.

Submerged Hippo

Submerged Hippo

11 responses

  1. Hi Scott,
    great photos ! Thumbs up ! 🙂
    Are you still using your Sigma lens ?
    Cheers Angela

    January 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

    • Hi Angela – Thanks! I have many, many more photos to share. I used my Nikon 300mm f2.8 for most of my africa shots. For wider shots I used a Nikon 18-200mm. I haven’t used my Sigma since I got the Nikon 300 and teleconverters last summer.

      January 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  2. Another wonderful post Scott !
    Thank you !
    Ciao ciao
    Max

    January 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • Thanks Max – I love your enthusiasm!

      January 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  3. Steve Deutsch

    wonderful.

    January 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    • Thanks Steve – we’ve been thinking about a neighborhood show and tell from the trip!

      January 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  4. Quite an adventure – and such beautiful photos to remember it by!

    January 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    • TRS – It was an amazing trip with unlimited photo ops. Still trying to “wade through” all my photos. Lots more to share here soon.

      January 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  5. Home above the rift alley!!!!! aaaahhhh, I can feel it. Thanks

    January 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    • Brett – WE had some amazing temporary homes during the entire trip – complete with lions roaring and hyenas sharing our water…..

      January 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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