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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - CROC SHOCK!!! - By GARETH JONES It was a cold cloudy morning as I sat quietly at the Hyena dam, waiting and watching to see what bird action there was. Suddenly a movement caught my attention, the

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Kipini Conservation Fundraiser With Raabia & Nusrat Honorary KWS Ranger, Raabia Hawa approached Pwani Animal Welfare with a desperate need to relocate the feral cats that were hunting reptiles, small mammals, and birds vital to the balance of the Kipini Conservation

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Athi Basin Jackals In The Nairobi National Park Early one morning I decided to drive down to the Athi basin and took one of the backtracks to look for wildlife, suddenly a black-backed jackal was seen lying down in the

The Sosian Serval Spotted In The Nairobi National Park When driving in the Nairobi National Park, always be prepared for those “suddenly” moments when you see something rare or special. It is good to drive with your camera ON! and READY!

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The Wildest Holiday In The Nairobi National Park The alarm clock buzzed at 04h30 as we awoke to a new day! We packed the car and arrived at the gate just after 06H10, excited to be able to visit the

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The Suni- Special & Secretive A while ago while driving on the tar road towards the main gate in the late afternoon, I saw a tiny antelope eating next to the road. It was a tiny Suni! They are only found

Mother's Tough Love Choice - Crowned Lapwing & Its Chicks In Nairobi National Park Several weeks ago, I noticed a bird sitting less than 2 metres from the road, it was a crowned lapwing. After stopping my vehicle for a

Fun Family Moments At The Nairobi National Park The alarm clock buzzed at 05h00 as we awoke to a new day and arrived at the gate just after 06H00. The master plan was to spend the entire day in the park, and

TAKE A BREAK AND EXPERIENCE MAASAI MARA SEKENANI STYLE. Sekenani Camp offers an authentic bush experience for visitors wishing to get close to nature. Set at the source of Sekenani River, the camp offers a serene environment in which to

The Great Escape! Early one morning while driving through the park, I suddenly had a “flashback moment” of a traumatic incident that happened to me during the post-election violence on the morning of Monday 14th April 2008…. “ One of

The Thrill Bills Of The Nairobi National Park As I approached a dam in the forest near the Langata gate, a flash of colour caught my eye, there in the midst of the reeds was a magnificent saddle-billed stork. I sat

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Sandgrouse Safari Moment In The Nairobi National Park After another dry and dusty dark night, three tiny little black-faced sandgrouse chicks began to “cheep-cheep” to their parents that they were getting very thirsty. The sun was just beginning to rise

The Call Of Africa By Nairobi National Park's Raptors Nearly two years ago we witnessed an incredible event at the Hyena dam in the Nairobi National Park. A fish eagle landed on the bank of the dam and stood for

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Climbing Lions Of The Nairobi National Park On a cloudy Saturday afternoon as I drove through the park, in the valley below No5 junction, a group of giraffe caught my attention. The giraffes were all standing still and looking in

Interesting Natural Relationships Within The Nairobi National Park We observed a large herd of buffalo drinking water and wallowing at the Embakasi dam, however, I was fascinated by the presence of many red-billed and yellow-billed oxpeckers. As we sat quietly the

Lions Of Nairobi That Live In The Nairobi National Park For thousands of years, lions have roamed the area we call Nairobi today. Humans have also co-existed with wildlife in this area for thousands of years. However, within the last 120

Flightless & Fast In The Nairobi National Park One fine afternoon, I drove into the park from the East gate. An ostrich was walking quickly parallel to the road. So I drove slowly forward towards him, the ostrich responded by increasing

Pelicans Of The Nairobi National Park Over many years I have noted that most of us are still in “City mode” when we enter a national park and would like to see as much of the created wonders as possible. Our

A Serval Morning In The Nairobi National Park When driving in the Nairobi National Park, it is always good to be prepared for those “suddenly” moments when you see something rare or special. Try to drive with your camera ON and

Wonderful Maasai Mara Moments With Gareth Jones The year 2020 has been an extreme year in many ways, with millions of people worldwide being severely restricted regarding legal permission to travel and also facing serious economic losses. We personally became “locked-in” to Nairobi

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Hunting For Treasure In The Nairobi National Park On Sunday 30th of August 2020, a number of people participated in a “treasure hunt” organized by the Friends of Nairobi National Park ( FoNNaP). For those who might not be aware, this

Spotting The Spotted Cat - By Gareth Jones It was early morning on a beautiful day, as we drove slowly through the park appreciating the sunrise and God’s wonderful creation. As we drove along the western boundary over rocky terrain, a

BUSY BUZZ or BUSH BUZZ? In the modern madness of the Nairobi megacity, it is so easy to become overburdened with the burdens of the multiple issues and events that happen constantly, to the point where overload happens and people behave

Lark Kills Mantis In The Nairobi National Park It was late in the afternoon and the shadows began to form shapes across the road, I was driving slowly, and stopping frequently to watch and listen. I continued driving as I watched

The Water Beasts - Hippos Early one morning many years ago, we drove along a fairly remote stretch of track along the Tsavo River. We rounded a tight bend in thick bush and drove into an area with thick lush green

Lions On Honeymoon At The Nairobi National Park Early one cool morning we found a mating pair of lions near no 8 junction, quite close to the road. The one-eyed male was in his prime and is known to many people

Big Billed Birds Of Nairobi National Park As I approached a dam in the forest, I slowed the vehicle down to a crawl speed in the hope that my arrival would not alarm any wildlife that might be at the water.

RHINO CROSSING IN THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Every time we drive into the park there is an excitement in knowing that every day is different and that we might witness something unusual. Recently on a relatively cool morning, we drove to

Feathered Fluffballs Of Nairobi National Park Over the years, we have enjoyed many aspects of the Nairobi National Park, always with an air of expectation and anticipation mixed with the excitement of what could possibly be seen. There is something wonderfully

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BABY BABOONS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Not too long ago, much wildlife roamed freely in the Nairobi area as there was very little human development, however, in the last 100 years the city has grown dramatically and most of the

Wildlife Conservation With Raabia Hawa Last Thursday, Kenya lost a young lioness to reckless driving along the Loitoktok- Emali road. Roadkill isn’t something new to Kenyans, but when it begins to threaten the survival of a species, we should all be very

The Big Babies Of Nairobi National Park As we drove around a bend in the road, a female white rhino and her calf were quite close to the road. We stopped and observed them for a while, as we sat in

Cute Cubs Of The Nairobi National Park - Written by Gareth Jones Just imagine for a moment if we could actually understand Lion talk!

Street Food No More? - Written by Aditya Shah I do love my food. Falafel, tasty! Futomaki, delicious! Fondue, scrumptious! Do you know what is more tasty, delicious, and scrumptious than home and restaurant food? Street food! It is not a massive culture

Balancing The Biomass At The NNP - Written by Gareth Jones We all need the energy to survive in the world, wild animals who eat plant species can only survive and thrive if there is enough plant material, like grasses, leaves,

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COWS & CATS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK As we arrived at the dam next to no 9 Junction, a massive herd of buffalo could be seen spread out wide from the dam across the valley. There were so many cows

Tortoises & Terrapins Of The Nairobi National Park With the recent heavy rains, although the park was very wet and muddy, it has been possible to see more of the creatures that are not normally seen. While driving along I saw

The Final Run: A Conservationist's Nightmare - Written by Raabia Hawa Browsing peacefully in the Maasai steppe in Kenya under the light of the moon, this giraffe was suddenly ambushed by two men on a motorbike. Scared, she ran as they chased

Mokoro Riding in the Okavango Delta - Written by Aditya Shah The Okavango Delta forms seasonally as the mighty Okavango River flows into the flat, parched and barren landscape of the Kalahari desert basin. Approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water flow

THE GENTLE GIANTS OF NNP Looking down from the wall of the Athi dam, we watched as a large herd of giraffe lined up to drink out of a stream just below the dam. They seemed to prefer fresh running water

THE LOG MESS MUDSTER OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK After more than 6 months of rains, the park is looking very verdant with plants growing in abundance and flowers everywhere, however, the road network has been seriously affected in many places.

Purely Purply Moments With The Purple Gallinule- Article by Gareth Jones I sat for some time at the Hyena dam and patiently watched and waited. Everything looked so much greener and the dam was very full and overflowing due to recent

NIGHTJAR THE NIGHT STAR OF NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK For those who enter the park very early when the gates open at 06h00, it is an opportunity to have a glimpse of some of the night creatures, when it is still quite

Wildlife Conservation - Raabia Hawa Conserving wildlife has been an uphill challenge from the very beginning. None the less, there remain committed people who would do anything to see our ecosystems thrive once again. I am so fortunate to be a

NAIROBI’S REGAL OUR FORESTS ARE GREEN LUNGS!! - By GARETH JONES After good rains, new life often emerges in many ways. Flowers blossom with bright splashes of colour, standing out magnificently against the green surroundings and the dry drab grasses erupt

Be The Guardians Of Nature & Protect The Nairobi National Park! The Nairobi National Park will hopefully celebrate 75 years since being gazetted, in December 2021, however many people are currently greatly concerned about the proposed 10-year management plan for the

BEAUTIFUL BEE-EATERS OF NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK A car stopped next to me and asked ‘Where are the lions?’ I answered them in the way I often do and said “Well actually, I usually pray before going to the park, that God

OUR FRIENDS THE BATS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Sometimes, there are times when we really slow down to look for the really small things. One morning as we drove slowly down the hill towards the hippo pools, I suddenly noticed

CHEATING THE CHEETAH - NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK'S CHEETAHS As I looked over the plains not far from the Hyena dam in the Nairobi National Park, near the fence a line of a herd of Kongoni was feeding. To their left, a

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ZEBRA “ON THE ROLL" AT THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Year after year the plains zebra faithfully return to the Nairobi park to seek fine pasture. In recent years this feat is becoming more and more challenging with the pressures of human

The Nairobi Elephants At The Elephant Orphanage A while ago we arrived at the Elephant Orphanage a few minutes before 11h00, there was already a large crowd of people in the queue waiting to see the baby elephants. It is one

Big Bird Lecture In The Nairobi National Park Very early one morning I drove towards the Hyena dam. Just then I saw a pair of grey crowned cranes standing on top of a tall acacia tree. Their shapes were profiled against

AN ENJOYABLE PARK DAY AT THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK The alarm clock buzzed at 04h30 as we awoke to a new day! We prepared then packed the car and arrived at the gate just before 06H00, then met our friendly guests

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Lionese Lessons- The Nairobi National Park Just imagine if we understood Lion talk!

ELEGANT ELANDS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Wow! What a sight for the naked eye to behold, before me stood a big herd of elands, moving slowly across the Embakasi plains as they grazed and interacted with each other. So many

LION LOVE AT THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK It was early on a cool morning when we found a mating pair of lions near No16 and the Leopard Cliffs. The male was in his prime and is known to many people as

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Nairobi National Park - Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud! Nairobi normally has 2 seasonal rain cycles annually. At the beginning of November 2019, what is known as the “short rains”, began. At first, the rains seemed normal, however, as the weeks become

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Wonderful Sunbird Therapy! - Nairobi National Park After plentiful rains this year, there is an abundance of wildflowers in the park, as a result, many species actively gain nutrition from flowers, including the wonderful sunbirds. Sunbirds are incredibly created and are

THE KINGS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK In August 2007 I drove along the road that goes along a stream towards no. 4 junction, as I rounded a corner, suddenly there was a strikingly majestic lion standing right next to the

SAFARI AT THE OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY For many years we heard interesting stories of people going to Ol Pejeta for a few days. So about 3 years ago we eventually decided to go for 2 nights. I went online and looked

THE GREEN SCENE!!! - MERU NATIONAL PARK With the heavy rains in many parts of Kenya this year, many people had to revise their planned accommodation in the national parks during the Christmas holidays. I decided to enquire about Meru National

ENJOYING YOUR FAMILY SAFARI - SPENDING YOUR HOLIDAYS IN THE WILD! This time of year with the Christmas holidays in full swing, many families are travelling to various vacation destinations within Kenya. Naturally, the lure of the coast is an attraction

A TREE-MENDOUS Treat In The Nairobi National Park! Early one cloudy morning we ventured into the park, I decided to drive into the Kingfisher picnic spot area. As we rounded a corner suddenly there was a pride of 10 lions on

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A Wonderful Family Outing In The Nairobi National Park! With the holidays now in full swing, many families are looking for activities that will result in great memories and wonderful family time together.

Unique Hamerkop Birds Of Nairobi National Park! The recent rains have resulted in a very wet park, it is amazing how areas that were bone dry a month ago have now almost become marshes and even mini lakes. One thing about

Tsavo East National Park - Bravo Tsavo East! The alarm clock buzzed at 04h00, we rapidly awoke and packed a few remaining items into our car and left Nairobi just after 05H00. After weeks of waiting, we were actually on our

COLOBUS MONKEYS IN DIANI! Early one morning, I walked out behind our accommodation at Diani Beach Chalets to explore the natural sights. Suddenly a movement caught my eye, it was a colobus monkey in a tree above me. Then I saw

Set in what is considered Kenya's prime wildlife area, Mara Leisure Camp is located along the Talek River, at the confluence of the Masai Mara's four wildlife viewing areas, on the northern boundary of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Mara

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK: THE BATTLE OF THE BULLS Some time back it was late in the afternoon as heavy rain clouds moved over the park, I decided to drive across the park and exit at Masai gate. As I approached junction

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - FLIGHT FEEDING FRENZY!!! - By GARETH JONES Early one morning after some good rain, I drove past junction No4A parallel to the stream. Suddenly I observed a lot of activity near the side of the road. I

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - THE FISHING KINGS!!! - By GARETH JONES After plentiful rains this year, all of the rivers, streams and dams are well filled. The rains are always restoring and bring an abundance of new life. This includes many

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CLICKS FOR BETTER PICS - IT'S ALL ABOUT WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY!!! - By GARETH JONES I do not pretend to know everything about taking good wildlife photos, but over a period of half a century hopefully, some hard lessons have been learned.

NAIROBI LAKES - WET, WILD & WONDERFUL!!! - By GARETH JONES Let us just imagine for a moment …We parked near the main gate with a new sign that stated “WELCOME TO NAIROBI LAKES NATIONAL PARK”, and prepared to pay our

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