Jul 02

Lewa Wilderness

by in Africa, Kenya

Wildlife

While at the incredibly hospitable and very enjoyable Lewa Camp we had the luck to see several uncommon and even rare sightings.

On the ride from the airport to the camp we saw both WHITE and BLACK rhinocerous and even a baby rhino nursing.  It was incredible. We even saw the black rhino push down a sapling to get the leaves, which our guide Simon said he had never seen before.

We also saw many Grevy Zebras. Grevy Zebras are rare because unlike regular zebras, males protect their own small territories, waiting for females to pass through, and then preventing them from leaving. This means that males are very vulnerable while they stand alone in the middle of nowhere. A predator can pick them off without a sweat. This means that there are ultimately less Grevy Zebras and only 2,000 left in the world.

We saw TONS of Reticulated Giraffes. These are basically the same as other giraffes but their spots are more of plates.

Another set of great sightings were the sightings of Somali Ostriches. Somali Ostriches have blue necks, blue heads and blue legs. (The common ostrich has pink instead of blue.) We saw some males that had pink shins and beaks, too.

Of course we saw a plethora of beautiful birds as well.

We also saw Waterbucks, Hippos and an Elant.

Then…the most fantastic sight of them all….WE SAW LION CUBS! There were two of them and they were super cute. They were with an older sister and their mom. The cubs kept sneak attacking each other and it was really fun to watch.

Activities

In Lewa we had our 1 year anniversary dinner. The thoughtful camp surprised us with a cake! It was a “touch of class”. The cake made our anniversary extra special. A ton of thanks to the kitchen staff and especially another guide named Karmushu.

Our prime guide Simon was taking us on a game drive. We weren’t seeing much so he brought us to a cool site. Here, rocks from the river bed were brought up, millions of years ago, and chipped into tools. The extreme concentration of these tools suggest some sort of hominid factory. The stones are still sharp enough to cut through fabric. My dad picked one up and, freaky-ly, it fit his hand and had grooves where his fingers were. It was used by a man with a hand just like my father’s millions of years ago, and now it was here…

My mom also went down to the camp’s woodshop and later brought me. The woodshop takes the fallen acacia trees that were knocked over by elephants. They take the wood and run it through a bunch of awesome machines and turn it into a bunch of beautiful furniture. She had a blast shopping there.

Overall, this was one of our favorite safari camps in Africa.  Thanks Lewa!


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