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Samburu National Reserve

From there we left the lush central highlands, headed north, crossed the Equator, and arrived at Samburu National Reserve. It is predominately hot, semi-arid acacia woodland interspersed with open bushed grassland, riverine thickets with palms and figs, and huge isolated rock outcrops. Birds abounded in this dry landscape where it hasnít rained since October 2010. Once again the hornbills were stand-outs Ė Red-billed, Eastern Yellow-billed, and Von der Deckenís. We had excellent looks at Black-faced Sandgrouse, a bird that can be hard to spot and is more often seen flying away or flying by. Heuglinís (Three-banded) Courser was another cryptic but uniquely patterned ground bird we saw well. Vulturine Guineafowl resemble old men, having bald heads ringed with bristles. Lilac-breasted Roller, Golden-breasted Starling, and Purple Grenadier added color to the dusty brown landscape. Africaís smallest antelope, Dikdik, were everywhere, as were the proportionately long-necked and long-legged Gerenuk. We had to back up to get out of the way of a herd of African Elephants. It was a treat to witness three young male lions stalk (unsuccessfully) an Impala.
Samburu NR
Samburu NR
Samburu NR
Samburu NR
Samburu NR
Samburu NR
Our driver, Joseph Karioke
Our driver, Joseph Karioke
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Samburu NR
Samburu NR
Lounge
Lounge
Lunch
Lunch
Defassa Waterbuck
Defassa Waterbuck
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Gerenuk
Greater Kudu
Greater Kudu
African Elephants
African Elephants
African Elephants
African Elephants
African Elephants
African Elephants
Kirk's Dikdik
Kirk's Dikdik
View from the van
View from the van
Sam
Sam
Cheetah mom and her kits
Cheetah mom and her kits
Olive Baboons
Olive Baboons
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
Common Bulbul
Common Bulbul
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Northern Red-billed Hornbill
Northern Red-billed Hornbill
Fan-tailed Raven
Fan-tailed Raven
Gray-headed Kingfisher
Gray-headed Kingfisher
Green Woodhoopoe
Green Woodhoopoe
Heuglin's Courser
Heuglin's Courser
Little Bee-eater
Little Bee-eater
Orange-bellied Parrot
Orange-bellied Parrot
Pale Chanting-Goshawk
Pale Chanting-Goshawk
Ring-necked Dove
Ring-necked Dove
Spur-winged Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Superb Starling
Superb Starling
Vulturine Guineafowl
Vulturine Guineafowl
White-bellied Go-away-birds
White-bellied Go-away-birds
White-browed Sparrow Weaver
White-browed Sparrow Weaver