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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - SECRETS OF THE FOREST!! - BY GARETH JONES There is something mysterious and wondrous about being in a natural forest, and the Langata forest part of the Nairobi National Park is such a place. The thick bush

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

NAIROBI CITY ESCAPE - THE BUSH BUZZ!! - BY GARETH JONES In this fast and often crazy world we live in ,many people like to "escape from the city" and spend time in a natural environment. Well, the Nairobi National Park

The Story Of The Lurking Leopards - Written by Gareth Jones It was early morning on a crisply cold day in September 2014. I decided to change my normal route and drove past the Kingfisher picnic site, and soon came across

The Sands at Nomad - Diani Beach, Kenya- Nestled in an indigenous coastal forest with a garden and a palm-fringed beach, The Sands at Nomad is located in Ukunda. It features an outdoor pool, a spa area, and restaurants.

NAIROBI BABOONS – THE OLIVE TROOPS! - BY GARETH JONES 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

WONDERFUL WORMS & WINGS: BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS! - BY GARETH JONES We drove slowly along a rough track in the Athi Basin, as we passed a small acacia tree, just then I noticed a large predominantly green worm with very beautiful luminous

UNIQUE AFRICAN ANTELOPE - BY GARETH JONES 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

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - RUN BABY RUN!! - By GARETH JONES As I drove through the park late one afternoon after a good shower of rain, I noticed some movement in the small stream “lugga” in a valley. Wow! it was

HIPPO ON THE GO!! - BY GARETH JONES Some years ago it was getting late on a cloudy day and almost becoming evening, and being tired after a long day, I rode slowly but purposefully through the park, not really putting

NAIROBI BUFFALO HERDS - BY GARETH JONES Some years ago, as I rounded a bend in the Langata forest, the road was full of buffalo. There were so many, from tiny calves to cows to young bulls to old bulls, what

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

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK - BRAVO IT'S TSAVO!!! - By GARETH JONES 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

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

? NAIROBI PARK SNAKES! - BY GARETH JONES It was getting late after a hot day, I watched the sun was setting fast. I drove along just looking straight ahead, as it was difficult to see as the sun was in

The River Horse: Hippos In Nairobi! Some years ago, it was getting late on a cloudy day and almost becoming evening, and being tired after a long day, I rode slowly but purposefully through the park, not really putting extra effort

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

The Call Of Africa: The African Fish Eagle! A few years ago, we witnessed an incredible and very rare natural event at the Hyena dam in the Nairobi National Park. A fish eagle landed on the bank of the dam and

The Longest Lizard In The Nairobi National Park After a cold day the sun finally came out giving some warmth. I drove down towards the Hyena dam, and I saw a fairly large monitor lizard, sunning itself on the side of

The Red Buck - Impala Of Nairobi! One fine afternoon, I drove in the area of the Kingfisher picnic site, looking over the valley below at the splendor before me. The park is looking like a beautiful garden after the good

The Warty Wallow Of The Nairobi National Park Walter Warty awoke with an oinky grunt, and mumbled to his dear wife Wartilda “Mmmm! snork… snort… snork…how about us going to the Athi Health Spa this morning for full mudpack treatment?” Wartilda

Much More Than Lions! 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 just enjoy all

The “Bluetiful” Guineafowl Of Africa We awoke early before sunrise and prepared for a morning game drive in the Meru National Park. Departing just before sunrise, we soon arrived at a low river crossing bridge, then suddenly as we reached about

The Rare Cheetah In The Nairobi National Park We awoke very early and entered the park just after 06h00. I decided to slowly head down towards the Athi Basin via the western boundary. We drove slowly and eventually arrived at the

THE AMAZING GIRAFFES OF NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK!!! - BY GARETH JONES Looking down from the wall of the Hyena dam, I watched as some giraffes lined up to drink out of a tiny pool of water below the dam, seeming to

The Big Bull Bully In The Nairobi National Park A few weeks ago, we drove down towards the murram heaps near No 10 junction. I chose to use the rougher track to approach the area, in the hope of seeing something

The Cunning Cuckoo In The Nairobi National Park Early one weekend morning, we ventured into the Athi basin, and eventually arrived at the Athi dam. This particular dam is always a rewarding place to sit quietly and watch nature happening around

We recently 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 a while. Then it suddenly took off, and flew rapidly up as

The Tiny Suni Of The Nairobi National Park 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, only found in the

The Biggest Bird In The World! Several years ago, we visited the Oudtshoorn district in South Africa, well known for the many large Ostrich farms in the area. We stood behind a fence watching the many ostrich feeding, soon a large

A Fabulous Family Outing In The Nairobi National Park! With the upcoming holidays approaching, many families are looking for activities that will result in great memories and a wonderful family time together. Planning your family outing is a key part of

The Super Scoopers 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

We recently 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 a while. Then it suddenly took off, and flew rapidly up as

The Lion's Friend In The Nairobi National Park Sometimes there are times when I look for really small things. Some time ago, I found an older lioness lying next to the road in the Nairobi National Park, she was covered with

The Stealth Striker Of The Nairobi National Park It was a cold, dark, moonless night as the little baby shrub hare followed its mother to find suitable food to satisfy their hunger. One moment “mom” was in front, then suddenly “mom”

Super Sensitive Servals Of 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! and

The Nose Knows: The Language Of Smell I find it incredible to note how many wonderful creatures have a very powerful sense of smell. As many of us are aware, in the wild, all the senses are important in order to

Highlighting Hyrax In The Nairobi National Park Very early one morning we drove down the western boundary, it was a clear, crisp morning and everything seemed new and fresh. After a while, we drove up the steep slope that leads to the

The Young Ones Of Nairobi National Park There is something, very special, about new life. In the wild, irrespective of if the particular young of the species is a herbivore or a predating carnivore, there is perhaps something “cute” when observing

Nurturing The Forest - Nairobi National Park In the last three months of 2021, a wonderful plan to plant close to 900 trees on a neglected section of the original Nairobi Greenline swung into action. It was exciting to see many

Wild Striped Equines Of Nairobi National Park It was getting hot in the car as the sun rose high overhead. As we rounded a corner, a herd of magnificently patterned creatures stood in the road, they were seemingly dazed by the

Pipe Lions & Sign Lions Of The Nairobi National Park! Recently, I was driving in the Athi basin on some of the newly reconstructed roads. I was with two international visitors who were really enjoying their outing in the park. Naturally,

The Struggling Marabou In The Nairobi National Park Then on a recent Sunday afternoon, I was with some international guests who were looking forward to seeing and enjoying some of the wonderful and interesting sightings in the park. We drove down

The Tale Of Frank & Lyn! Lyn waited patiently as a new day dawned. It had been a very lonely night as Frank did not come home. Lyn became increasingly concerned at sunrise, and she began to search the area where

Birds Of Nairobi National Park! As I sat thinking of the amazing diversity of bird species in the tiny Nairobi National Park, the idea came to me to check the global records. Well, a bit of quick research revealed that there

The Good Safaritans Of The Nairobi National Park! One thing that has always touched me in life, is when people help those in need, especially when they expect nothing in return. Many people know the biblical parable of the good Samaritan

Holiday Moments In The Park! Well, 2021 has seemingly flown past and it is now the time at the end of the year, when families usually want to spend quality time together, either at home or at a venue that they

[email protected] - Celebrating The Nairobi National Park! In 1898, the Uganda Railway project reached a point where there was a swampy section at the railway marker of “mile 326”. The water was deemed clean and fresh enough to declare the place

The Speedy Spots: Africa's Remaining Cheetahs Clouds of dust arose rapidly as thousands of wildebeest accelerated to escape, then in a flash five speeding cheetahs caught up with the herd and targeted their victim. Within seconds, one of the cheetah was

Cubs To Kings Lion cubs are indeed very cute creatures and sightings are immensely enjoyable by those who see them in the wild. However, while there are playful and joyful moments, being part of the cub in any part of wild

The Playful Pups Of Nairobi National Park Early one cool cloudy morning, we entered the East gate and drove towards the southern end of the park. As we approached the No 10 murram heaps, we found 2 black-backed jackal pups sitting

Our Friends The Bats Of Nairobi National Park Sometimes, there are times when we really slow down to look for the really small things. One day near the hippo pools, our reward came in the form of some bats that were

Just Dust In The Nairobi National Park I watched as a large cloud of rust coloured dust arose from the hot dry plains driven by a seemingly desperate surge of wind. After spending an entire day in the Nairobi National Park

No Need For Speed In The Nairobi National Park Some time ago, I drove through the park after a long tiring day at work. I was starting to feel more relaxed after a pleasant drive through the park. Then suddenly my

The Elusive Bushpigs Of Nairobi National Park There is something mysterious and wondrous about being in a natural forest, and the Langata forest part of the Nairobi National Park is such a place. The thick bush is a hiding place for

Starlings Of The Nairobi National Park When visiting the various National parks in Kenya, it is difficult not to see various species of starlings. The Nairobi National Park is one of the parks that has some special varieties like the

Open Bill Thrill - Nairobi National Park As we approached the Athi basin dam early one morning, I slowed the vehicle down to a crawl speed in the hope that my arrival would not alarm any wildlife that might be at

Creatures In Trees Of The Nairobi National Park! There is something mysterious and wondrous about being in a natural forest irrespective of where you are in Africa, and the Nairobi National Park is such a wonderful place. The thick bush is

GO RHINO GO - The African Rhinos! It is always a thrill to see Rhino in the wild, just a few days ago I saw some White Rhino peacefully grazing in the park. That reminded me of the exciting event in

The “Speckletacular” Cats: The Nairobi Servals 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! and next to

The Royal Cub Club - Lion Life Is Tough! Lion cubs are indeed very cute creatures and sightings are immensely enjoyed by those who see them in the wild. However, while there are playful and joyful moments, being part of the

Nairobi Lion Days: The Lions Of The Nairobi National Park! Starting as an idea with a humble beginning in 2013 World Lion Day has continued as the brainchild of co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband-and-wife team with a passion for

The Unsung Heroes Of Wildlife As I arrived at the east gate of the Nairobi National Park, I glanced at the wall, and there in bold print was a sign with a clear message from the past in the words of

Interesting Symbiotic Relationships In The Nairobi National Park We observed a large herd of buffalo drinking water and wallowing at the Embakasi dam, however, we were fascinated by the presence of many red-billed and yellow-billed oxpeckers on and around the buffalo

The Speedy Antelopes Of The Nairobi National Park On a recent Sunday afternoon drive while making slow progress towards the Athi basin we saw mixed herds of Thomson's gazelle (tommies) and Grant's gazelle near the No 10 murram heaps. As we

The Rare African Skimmer We arrived at the Hyena dam early on a lazy Sunday afternoon and parked our vehicle as we often do when watching birds. Suddenly a movement on the edge of the dam caught my eye, WOW!! A

The Sandgrouse Safari At The Nairobi National Park After another dry and dusty 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 when their

Be "The Creatures Voice" Of The Nairobi National Park!!! In December 2021 The Nairobi National Park will hopefully celebrate 75 years since being gazette in December 1946. Since the humble beginning, when Mervyn Cowie was the first Warden, many caring

Experience “Ganda Plus U”! This time of year with the mid-year approaching fast, many families are considering plans to travel to various vacation destinations within Kenya. However, in this article, I wish to highlight the other option right next to

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Some Monkey Business In The Nairobi National Park Driving near large trees along the Athi river we saw a large troop of vervet monkeys. It was late afternoon with the sun shining, and many of them sat enjoying the warmth. With

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Waiting At The Water In 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

Who Is The Boss In The Nairobi National Park? Very early on a cloudy gloomy morning we arrived at the large dam next to no 2 Junction with an Italian visitor and found a majestic male lion relaxing next to the

Rabbits Or Hares Of The Nairobi National Park? It was late one afternoon on a cloudy day, as I drove through the Langata forest section, it was getting darker quickly in one area there were many furry little creatures hopping all

The Lily Trotters Of Nairobi National Park We sat quietly at the hyena dam, after about 10 minutes of waiting the wildlife began to behave naturally. A pair of African Jacanas (Actophilornis Africanus) emerged from the reeds and trotted easily over

The Hunter Bird Of The Nairobi National Park It was late in the afternoon as I entered the East Gate. As the weather was fairly gloomy and cloudy, I had not prepared my camera to be ready for any natural event.

The Chanler's Mountain Reedbuck While some people might be aware of the more common Bohor reedbuck frequenting the wetland areas of the Nairobi Park, very few people are aware of the rarely seen Chanler's Mountain reedbuck found in some of the

Africa's Largest Flying Bird - Kori Bustard Early one morning, we drove slowly through the park hoping to see something special. Due to the very dry conditions, a fire had burned a section of the park. Many bird species were taking

Vultures Of The Nairobi National Park The stench of rotting flesh permeated the air in the area around the dam and tar road near the No2 junction. For some days now many people had watched lions feeding on a buffalo carcass,

Changing To Bush Mode!! - by Gareth Jones In this fast and often crazy world, we live in, many people like to 'escape from the city' and spend time in a natural environment. Well, the Nairobi National Park is one

Creation Is Absolutely Incredible; The Nairobi National Park - by Gareth Jones After driving in the Nairobi National Park on over 4500 occasions, over many years, I remain in awe as to the incredibly wide range and creative detail of the

Worms & Wonderful Wings Of The Nairobi National Park - by Gareth Jones Some time ago while driving on a rough track in the Athi Basin, I noticed a large predominantly green worm with incredibly beautiful markings on an acacia tree

Click The Pic - Enjoy 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. Basically, it was

Saving Kenya's Elephants - Hands Off Our Elephants! The battle to save the elephants in Kenya and throughout Africa continues, as many are aware a few years ago a huge mega pile of Ivory representing about 8000 elephants was burned

The Hybrid Waterbuck Of The Nairobi National Park Waterbuck are one of those species in the Nairobi National Park that are not often seen and are therefore not really predictable on their exact location. I do know they are seen most

The Importance Of 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,

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