The sun was setting and the sky was a beautiful orange hue. The elephants were walking through the bush, and the light was shining on them in a dramatic way. There was a thunderstorm in the distance, and the clouds were very dark. The lightening flashed, and it was an amazing sight. The elephants were silhouetted against the sky, and they looked so powerful and majestic.
Tsavo West National Park
The Shetani lava flows are situated about four kilometers west of the Tsavo West National Park’s Chyulu entrance, on the road to Amboseli. In swahili, the word “Shetani” means “devil,” and the flows were formed only a few hundred years ago, leading locals to assume that the devil himself was coming up from the deep earth. This massive swath of folded black lava covers more than 50 square miles.
Flying back from Ukunda airstrip at the coast and we suddenly have a clear view of Kilimanjaro to the left. The ice fields are clearly visible and reminds me of the climbing experience on the mountain itself. The small Cessna Caravan airplane ascends steadily through the clouds, revealing a view of Mount Kilimanjaro. As the airplane gains altitude, the snow-capped mountain comes into view, its peak piercing the sky. The vast landscape stretches out below, with forests, rivers, and plains visible in every direction. The flight to Nairobi is a scenic one, offering passengers a glimpse of some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes.
A handful of sick and starving hippos in a nearly dried out water hole. Sometimes Tsavo West can be a tough place to survive, it is already a semi desert area and when the drought hits there is little to eat for grazing animals like the Hippo.
With horns that looks like a trunk of very old tree and characterful face this old Buffalo turned its head and looked straight into the lens.
In beautiful morning light a group of vulturine guineafowl on the road in Tsavo West. Quite a stunning bird with a hooded head and vivid blue body with vertical stripes.
Beautiful sight, close to seven a clock and a group of elephants in Tsavo West by the water hole. In the distance the Chyulu range
This beautiful Buffalo looked right into the camera with soil, dirt covering the forehead and horns.
In the bone dry Tsavo West on the ochre colored soil, a slim Olive Baboon is passing the water hole. A little earlier it was foraging for insects, spiders and scorpions on the ground.
Hippo suffering from malnutrition under a severe drought in Tsavo West. Looking for some dried grass to eat, before returning to a dried out watering hole.
A hippo is a quite aggressive animal and you have to be careful if you encounter one on land. Big with teeth as sharp as knives, if possible stay away.
A tiny did did antelope standing in the warm sunlight on a pristine afternoon in Tsavo west.
On a beautiful sunny morning we found this strong Fringe-eared Oryx inside some bushes in the Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo lion with the unique mane that characterise the lions that live in this rugged terrain. Although I have been on safari in Tsavo many times it is not that many times I have encountered lions in this park. In the old days of railroad building these particular lions had a fierce reputation for being man eaters.
They are difficult to find but finally we got sight of two of the elusive Klipspringers of Tsavo
Tsavo west in all it splendor with a magnificent vista of the arid dry landscape.