On The Trail In Kenya

A cape buffalo stares down a visitor to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. (Sam Cook photo)
A cape buffalo stares down a visitor to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. (Sam Cook photo)

I was fortunate to be able to spend about 10 days over the holidays in Kenya, where our daughter and son-in-law live. They had arranged travels that included a visit to the Mara Explorers Camp at the Maasai Mara National Reserve. We spent three days on game drives there, watching animals and looking at the expansive grasslands. We were guided by Jackson Nkuiti, a Maasai man whose ancestors have lived in the region for thousands of years.

The Maasai Mara borders Tanzania’s much larger Serengeti National Park to the south. The areas are known for their wealth of game animals, including, lions, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopards, cheetahs and many more.

We stayed in a tent camp and ventured out into the Mara each day in a Toyota Land Cruiser. For a couple of stories about our travels in Kenya, read this Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune and online at duluthnewstribune.com.

Meanwhile here are a few more photos:

An adult elephant throws dirt on its back. Jackson, our guide, said elephants do this to help cool down. (Sam Cook photo)
An adult elephant throws dirt on its back. Jackson, our guide, said elephants do this to help cool down. (Sam Cook photo)
A leopard makes its way down an acacia tree. It was going to meet its mother and a sibling on the ground. (Sam Cook photo)
A leopard makes its way down an acacia tree. It was going to meet its mother and a sibling on the ground. (Sam Cook photo)
A black rhinoceros looks up from a patch of brush where it had been resting and feeding at the Maasai Mara National Reserve. (Sam Cook photo)
A black rhinoceros looks up from a patch of brush where it had been resting and feeding at the Maasai Mara National Reserve. (Sam Cook photo)

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