Flying over the Swiss alps (London -> Zurich -> Nairobi)
The rift valley - the cradle of modern man.
Day 1 in the Masai Mara National Park. Water buffalo. The first of our big 5 sightings. The little birds on their backs are called Ox peckers, and eat all the parasites off their skin.
Elephant. The second of our big 5 sightings.
Sausage tree (named after the sausage-shaped seed pods hanging off their branches). In other parts of Africa the trunks of these trees are used to make dug-out canoes.
Young male lion. The third of our big 5 sightings.
Lion crossing the road right in front of our safari vehicle.
On day 2 in the Masai Marai, we saw a pair of caracals (small, nocturnal hunting cats). These don't usually appear during the day, and are rarely sighted in the Masai Mara, and usually travel alone. Lucky!
Our second morning we sighted a group of young bachelor lions relaxing in the sun.
Zebra sometimes stand head to tail in pairs, to achieve a 360 degree lookout for predators. Also, they sometimes rest their heads on each other's backs.
Fighting male impala.
Hippos relaxing in the mara, the river running through the national park. When the wildebeest and zebra cross over this river during their migration the local crocodiles have a feast!
More hippos (really! they aren't just boulders)
A family of giraffes eating the leaves of an Acacia tree. Acacias are covered in long thorns and don't look that tasty.