The next morning, we woke up really early and took a prop plane to Amboseli National Park, where you could clearly see Mount Kilimanjaro. It felt really funny to be looking at a snow-covered peak while roasting in the African sun. One thing Amboseli is famous for is elephants because they walk right up to the jeeps. In Amboseli, they also have watering holes scattered around where we saw hippos, buffalos, and elephants wallowing in the water. One time, a family of elephants came out of the water right next to our jeep and there was a baby, just a week old, with them. David knew how old it was because it still had pink skin on its ears.
Sweetwaters is known for their rhino conservation and on our first game drive, we met one named Max. Max had been raised by people and was with his two caretakers. He came running right up next to us and they let us pet him. It felt really funny to pet a rhino since usually when you're petting something, it's only a dog or cat, not a huge rhinoceros! And instead of being furry, Max's skin was really rough and hard.
David was great. We would go for walks around the camps at night with him. We would direct our flashlight up in the trees to look for eye-shine. We found bushbabies and hyraxes this way. A hyrax is kind of like a giant, foot-long hamster.
Our next stop was the Mount Kenya Safari Club. They had an animal orphanage with lots of cool animals we hadn't seen on safari. They had a zebra/horse mix called a zebroid that looked like a brown zebra.
They also had a rare type of hippo called the pygmy hippo which is so small, they're only as tall as your knee.
The last place we went to was the Masai Mara, which is a continuation of the Serengeti, which we visited in Tanzania. On our first game drive here we saw ALL the big cats in just that one drive! One of these sightings was watching a cheetah hunt. The cheetah was hiding in a bush and there were lots of zebra and wildebeest around. Then BAM, the cheetah started running at the herds, and the animals ran off in all directions. It was really fun to watch. In the end, the cheetah never made a kill.
On our last game drive, we were looking for a leopard we'd seen the day before and suddenly we got a radio call saying a leopard had killed an impala. We rushed over, but by the time we got there, a hyena had stolen the impala from the leopard. The hyena was eating it and the leopard was sitting in the bushes watching her meal disappear. Eventually the hyena left and the leopard (who happened to be a mom) started eating while its cub (who was pretty big) was chasing away the hyenas. This was amazing because even though the hyenas had left, they still wanted to come back for more, but the cub was protecting the kill. This showed how brave the cub was, so David thinks this cub will do well when it goes out on it's own soon. This sighting was a great way to end our time on safari.
After the Masai Mara we flew back to Nairobi. There, we said goodbye to our new friend and started on our way to the next destination, Egypt. So that's all for now. 'Till next blog.