Tuesday July 4, 2017

As you’ve probably guessed by now, our wild, magnificent, unforgettable African Safari is all over!

We said a sad “Kwaheri!” (goodbye) to Kenya on Saturday … arrived late that night in glittering Dubai … spent the next day trying hard to stay out of the 47-degree midday sun … rode some desert-dunes in the late afternoon … dined in a Bedouin camp as the sun went down … then grabbed a few all-too-brief hours in bed, before returning to the airport and blasting off for Godzone, on the other side of the world.

There’s so much more I could’ve and should’ve written … so many more pix I might’ve shared. In fact, given half the chance I could still bore you to death several times over. But allow me to record a few elephant memories (these big, intelligent mammals are my African favourites) plus some parting shots from other animals that caught the eye during our final hours out on the game-parks.

As a special treat on our last Nairobi morning we visited an elephant orphanage – home, at the moment, for 26 bumbling, tumbling, cute-as baby elephants from all over Africa. Many of them are orphans, their parents killed by poachers, after their tusks; others were found lost and hungry, separated from their parents by the inevitable man-versus-wildlife clashes that occur; still others were found down waterholes or caught in traps (like the tiny little fellow we saw whose trunk was almost severed by a wire snare).

Here, in this sanctuary, they are fed and cared for, allowed to play roly-poly with their friends in the red dust and mud-holes, then returned to the bush at the age of three and adopted into suitable wild herds.

Hard to think of a nicer, more lingering memory to take with us …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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