Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#TravelTuesday 20 // A ROARing Safari in Nairobi National Park

Happy Travel Tuesday All!! 
It's time for another #TravelTuesday Link Up! 
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I can't wait to see where you have been exploring this month. 

We just had quite the adventure over here in Florida. We rode out Hurricane Irma, at home in Orlando, and thankfully didn't have too much damage! There was a lot of wind, blown transformers, no power until this morning and a small leak in the roof, but ultimately we were safe and sound. We spent yesterday clearing yards and spent a lot of time getting to know our neighbors better. It's been really nice seeing people come together to help one another! 

Needless to say though, the lose of power left me without time to get much ready for this month's link up. It's also been a whirlwind the of a week since I got back from Africa last Sunday. So, I figured I would take today to share some of the pictures from our team's safari in Nariobi National Park! The last time I was in Kenya, over a year and a half ago, we went on Safari there too and had a blast, but missed getting to see lions. This time one of the first things we spotted was a pride of 12! It just goes to show that every Safari will be a new and exciting experience. It was an amazing morning! 

Seeing Lions in Nairobi National Park

Here are some of the beautiful animals we saw... 
Giraffes in Nairobi National Park

We entered the park towards the giraffes on the horizon, but it only took a few minutes for our awesome driver to get a call over the radio. He turned the van around and we were unsure of where we were headed, but excited for what we might see. 

Giraffes in Nairobi National Park
Lions in Nairobi National Park

See that look?! There was no way we were getting any further down that road. Not with the lion cubs that she was trying to protect just feet away. She stopped and planter herself firmly in our path so that the other mama and all the sweet, cuddly babies had time to create a wide berth! It was so awesome to be so close, but I do recommend bringing a good zoom lens. I haven't been using my good camera much this last year and it felt SO NICE to put it to work again! 

On Safari in Nairobi National Park
Lion cubs in Nairobi National Park
Male Lion in Nairobi National Park
Male Lion in Nairobi National Park
Male Lion in Nairobi National Park
Baby Zebra in Nairobi National Park
Rhino in Nairobi National Park
On Safari in Nairobi National Park

I think one of the most interesting parts of a safari in Nairobi, is how close the city is. You can see zebras and giraffes in the distance when you drive to the airport. There are so many spots where you can see an animal set against the city skyline and it just feels so very surreal. I love getting deeper into the park, away from the hustle and bustle that you know is so close, so that all you see are animals and wide open wild. It was another amazing safari and I loved getting to be in a van with these fun gals!! 

Have you ever been on safari?
What wild fun have you been having lately?! 
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32 comments:

  1. Ahhhh! What a tremendous adventure! I love the shot of the rhino with the city skyline in the background -- so cool!

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    1. It was my favorite shot too! Thankful for great timing on crossing paths with him!

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  2. Oh wow, I never realised the animals were that close to the city! You saw so many lions! Definitely my dream to go on safari. Love the rhino with the city in the background, incredible : )

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    1. It's so crazy how close! When they were constructing a nearby highway the lions found a whole in the fence and got out into the city.

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  3. It is good to know that you were safe despite being hit by Irma. I saw the devastation on the news and it was so scary to watch the footage of damage. As for your safari adventure, that is so amazing. I've always wanted to go on a Safari adventure in Africa. That's definitely one item from my bucket list that I can't wait to check off!

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    1. Hope you get to check it off soon! Thank you for all your well wishes.

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  4. Glad you were safe through the storm! Your pictures and adventures in Africa were a welcome escape for me to read this morning. That picture of the rhino with the city in the background is wild! I had no idea the park was so close to the city!

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes! Glad the pictures could provide an escape :)

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  5. What a fun experience! That looks so fun. I want to go on a Safari. LOL - Shelby G.

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  6. Omg the safari looks so amazing! I would love to come to this one day, Id be so scared to be chased by lions tho hahaha

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    1. Haha, as long as you stay away from their cubs they are actually quite lazy!

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  7. Wow!!! This is on my bucket list! Such amazing photos! I love those lions!!! This would be a dream come true for me!!

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  8. What a cool adventure! I have always wanted to go on a safari and see these beautiful creatures in there natural habitat!

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    1. It really is neat seeing how they behave in the wild, roaming free!

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  9. Wow this safari looks incredible! Glad you're safe after Irma passed through!

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  10. The lions are so cool! But, I had to double take the rhino shot. With a city in the background? Crazy how close the city is!

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  11. this looks amazing!!! definitely a once in a lifetime experience. wow!!!! LOVE the zebra!!

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  12. What a cool experience! I feel like an African safari is one of those things that should be on everyone's bucket list.

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  13. Glad to hear you're all safe after Irma! An African safari is definitely on my bucket list! It all sounds/looks like so much fun. I can't believe how close the city is! I love the picture of the rhino and the skyline.

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    1. Thanks Sam!! And it was definitely so much fun! Still blows my mind how close it all is.

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  14. wow what a crazy story - from Africa to Irma. Glad you are safe! THe safari pics are awesome, I also didnt realize the city of Nairobi was so close... makes for some amazing pics

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    1. It was definitely a whirlwind of a few weeks!! Thanks for the kind thoughts!

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  16. We rode out the storm right along with ya, girl! Hope there wasn't much damage at your place. It seems like parts of Orlando didn't get it as bad as others. These pictures are AWESOME - you're scary close to those animals. I'd be losing my mind, haha!

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    1. Thank you! Hope the same for you!! We are definitely feeling very blessed to have as little damage as we did (small roof leak and just over 24 hours of no power). And haha!! Scary close, but scary awesome!!

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