- Electricity stayed on 24 hours a day. The Samburu facility was run on generators, which shut down between midnight and 6 a.m. For two people who sleep with CPAP machines, this meant the lodge supplied us with an inverter during the dark hours.
- No mosquito netting around the bed. Sometimes when you wake up in the middle night, not quite sure of where you are, mosquito netting can be confusing to find your way out of!
However, this facility had a more crowded dining room and noisier guests, a professional but not overly friendly staff.
Our room looked out on a savannah; yesterday when we came home from our morning game drive there was a giraffe just across the ditch looking our way.
Here's a sampling of the animals from our three game drives:
A nesting eagle.
The male eagle sitting on a branch.
Black rhinoceros. It differs from the white in the shape of its head and mouth. This rhino is a browser; it has a pointed upper lip to help it get leaves from the bushes. Its babies follow behind.
Here's a short video of a rhino family.
Some kind of spoonbill.
Jackal. These animals mate for life.
Common zebras. Their protection from predators is that each is uniquely striped, and when grown they are all the same height. So when they're herded up and running, the predator can't identify which animal it is chasing.
Gerenuk. This antelope browses on its hind legs. It gets moisture from the leaves rather than drinking water.
The female ostrich is ruffling her feathers; she's interested in mating. The male is not.
We came upon a group of 21 giraffes.
This was a long day!