There are quite a lot around. During the day you hardly see or hear them- except for the flies, but as soon it gets darker, well....
Especially noisy they are in the Crocodile Camp, where I also found the exemplar you can see in the picture. I have no idea what kind of bug that is. It looked a little cockroach-like, but else I never saw a cockroach in the Camps or in the hotel rooms at the sea (and outside only one, which is few for me, sometimes I feel like a bug-magnet).
Some of the bugs are real loud. If you are not used to the noises of the bush and sensible with sleeping, take some earplugs with you.
How much bugspray is worth, i don?t know. I found that mosquito repellant (with DEET) will repell Mosquitoes, but not flies or bigger bugs. Something with Permethrin in it should do the job, but I did not try it.
Most of the road is covered with this red dust. Don't wear anything white, as it will be red by the time you get back to the lodge.
Really you should wear as natural colours as possible to avoid scaring away the wildlife.
The lodge is not fenced off from the surrounding national park, and therefore wild animals come and go as they please. There are signs up warning you not to feed the baboons, as they can be aggressive. This one seemed friendly enough, and I must confess that we did feed it - even brought it into the restaurant with us! :-)
See the carcass on the left? It was once an animal! AN eland, to be precise (thanks Bwana Brown). OK - it's not that you'll end up like this... however Tsavo East NP - like all other game parks - is not a zoo... there's no fence between you and wildlife and the big predators. It's the beauty of it - and the danger: you should really never step out of your vehicle unless you'd like to become some animal's dinner. And watch out: even tame-looking animals (like the babboons) can become aggressive - so stay put in you van/car/jeep - and be ready to drive off in case of necessity
Elephants are tricky!! Must give them respect
and some room! Remember, they were here
long before man was!! They will charge, they
could crush, kill, destroy!! They are not to blame!!
This young female we found near LUGARDS FALLS. We told the KENYA WILDLIFE
SERVICE about her. They believed thats the
female that rammed a minni-bus 4/5 days before!
The RANGERS said the bus driver teased
the elephant and left himself no way out!
She didn't look too good. But at least she was still on her feet!! HATE MINNI-BUSES!!
I know it is really obvious, but there are still people who don't head this warning:
There are wild animals in this park, please stay in your vehicle at all times!
ONLY KIDDING! We're heading out of TSAVO-EAST now. My guide JAMES has a thing for
BIRDS! So, he always says: please take that
one. Send it to me!! I do have some BIRD shots I'll be sending soon.