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  • Mzima Springs
    Mzima Springs
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  • A Hyrax perched on a rock
    A Hyrax perched on a rock
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  • The deceptively serene pools of Mzima
    The deceptively serene pools of Mzima
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    Mzima Springs

    by Suet Written Dec 26, 2010

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    This is a crystal clear spring which runs all year round from the ice meltwater from the Great Rift Valley. It is easy to see why it is popular, you can get good views of the hippo both on top and underneath the water. There is a submarine viewing tank built by the British Army in 1949 where you can see hippo underwater as well as the large fish who feed on the hippo dung.

    There are clear and well maintained paths so that you can walk under the feverthorn trees (so called because early explorers thought that sleeping under them gave you fever. In fact these trees only grow near water and from the water you get the mosquito larvae. The fever they were referring to is malaria.

    You can see monkeys, birds and of course hippo but be careful as this is a favourite spot for crocodile.

    Mzima Springs
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    Man Eating Lions??

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2010

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    We leave our lodge at about 7 AM this morning and by 8:30AM we arrive at Mzima Springs . This is where the man-eating lions once roamed. Although human beings can be attacked by many kinds of animals, man-eaters are those that have incorporated human flesh into their usual diet. The Tsavo maneaters were a pair of notorious lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya – Uganda Railway from March through December 1898.

    We felt a little unsettled, as it was our first time roaming outside the safari vehicle and walking with an armed ranger only added to our excitement.

    We passed along a dirt path that led to the spring . The ranger pointed out a yellow barked tree known as the fever tree, named for the malaria carrying mosquitoes that breed here. We see some hippos and crocodile at the river….no man eating lion today!!
    We do see some river fish up close however. There is an underwater viewing chamber set up . It gave us a wonderful look at the fish . ....good thing too , as with those crocs I had a look at earlier I wouldn't be snorkeling here!!

    Leaving the red soil and bush we say good bye to Tsavo West . We pray the rains will come soon and life will be easier for all who live here.

    We are escorted across the area between Tsavo and Amboselli by an armed guard . He made us uneasy at first, sitting in front with his kalish nikov –semi automatic but we eventually got used to him. Several years ago Somali rebels attacked some safari vehicles so they are taking no chances.

    Our drive takes us into an area of black lava flow left behind by a volcano from 100 years ago. You can still see its ribbon of black where it once ran its course.

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    An Elephant family near Msima Springs

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 30, 2010

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    Next we see some rather grubby looking elephants who cooled themselves by rolling in red mud. Samuwell points out the senior member of the group who he estimated to be in his 50’s . There was also a very young one with the group ,only a few weeks old.

    All is well in our Animal World now!!

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    Mzima Springs

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 30, 2010

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    We depart at 7AM this morning to game drive on our way to Mzima Springs. Excitement comes fast this morning when we spot a cheetah trying to cat nap near the road. His belly looks really full from last night’s kill.

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    Cheetah at the Lodge

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 30, 2010

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    In the end our best animal viewing today is from our lodge deck . We love watching the group of elephants strolling in from the dark of night for a drink at the pond .

    Just before dinner the staff at the lodge hand meat which never fails to attract cheetah . We waited quite a while but sure enough around 10PM one showed up .We also saw some pretty amazing African
    Porcupine. They are huge and seemed to enjoy some potatoes that the lodge put out for them.
    What can I say ...the animals were just not around . They are suffering here from this drought and keep out of the hot sun.We are not disappointed however as we have seen so much already and we have lots more game driving to do.

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    The Rhini Sanctiary and Ostrich

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 30, 2010

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    At 4PM we take our second game drive to the rhino sanctuary. We are disappointed however as we see none. The whole area
    is extremely dry and the animals are not around much at all. We do get a good look at an eagle at work catching his evening meal.
    We alos have the best look yet at some Ostrich. They are truly an incredible sight!

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    Our First Giraffe Sighting

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 30, 2010

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    Our drive from Nairobi only took a couple of hours and we arrive at Tsavo West through the Manyani Gate.

    The animals prove to be a bit more elusive here than those in Tanzania . It is very dry but they manage to hide in the short shrubby trees . We are happy to see some giraffe . We’ve
    missed them already as we haven’t seen any in a week.

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    Mzima Springs come "Alive"

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    "Mzima" also means "Alive", and why not? It is the source of water not just for the nearby areas but as far as Mombasa. The underground water gets filtered through the volcanic rocks of the Chyulu Hills and springs out into crystal clear pools favored by many hippopotamus & crocodiles.

    A hiking track makes it way from the parking area to the springs and back. Fortunately, I arrived rather late and most of the tourists have left so that left a peaceful & serene atmosphere at the pools for me to enjoy. So, try to arrive at times when the crowd is gone.

    A small building at one end of the pool holds a submerged viewing tank constructed for visitors to watch the antics of the wildlife underwater. I saw many yummy fishes swimming by but no hippos. They preferred to play in the middle of the pools & under the branches by the banks. Thankfully the crocodiles also stayed on the other side of the pool, away from me

    The viewing tank in the distance The deceptively serene pools of Mzima Water gushing from the springs
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    It's a Hyrax, not a rat

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 29, 2007

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    They're not easy to spot, but when you do, you'll think it's a giant rat or guinea pigs. This rock rodent is call a Hyrax and is a furry creature with a stumpy tail . It lives in the rocky outcrop and survives on leaves & grass.

    A Hyrax perched on a rock
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    Cheeky Baboons

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 28, 2007

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    A big group of baboons walked on the road and we had to stop our vehicle instead. These primates are daring creatures because they can be seen near the lodges without worrying about the human beings.

    They can be quite aggressive but they have a very close family unit, choosing to stay with each other for life. It was cute to see the baby baboon sitting on its mum while she walks on all fours

    Baboons taking over the road
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    Grant's Gazelles

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 28, 2007

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    Grant's Gazelle or Swala Granti was named after the Scottish botanist James Augustus Grant who spent many years in Africa trying to find the source of the Nile.

    Grant's Gazelle can be seen together with the Thomson Gazelle and you might be confused between them. Grant's Gazelle is a little bigger than the Thomson Gazelle and distinguished by the broad white patch on the rump that extends upward, beyond the tail and onto the back.

    Baby Grant's Gazelle
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    Wild Zebras

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    These black & white striped horse-like animals are common in the savannas. They graze in groups and run at the first sign of danger. However, they didn't seem intimidated by humans because they didn't budge when we drove near them

    Zebras in Tsavo West
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    Happy Hippos

    by BorneoGrrl Written Aug 28, 2007

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    There was a family of hippopotamus happily settled & playing in the pools of Mzima Springs. These creatures may look cute & cuddly, resembling pigs in the water, but they can be lethal. The number of human deaths in Africa by hippos exceed those of crocodiles so be careful. They will not attack unless provoked or intimidated

    They normally leave the water at dusk to look for food, which is short grass and consume large amounts if it. These creatures may dwell in the water but they are warm blooded mammals that needs air to survive. When they sleep in the water, they will automatically resurface for air without waking!

    Hippo in the water
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    How do I adopt an elephant?

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    We take it for granted that just because we can see the elephants walking in the game park that they are doing fine. I saw a small family of elephants walking behind the bush while I was in Tsavo West.

    They are really special creatures because they're highly intelligent and sensitive when it comes to family. Sad to say that there are cases where poaching is still ongoing and after the poachers kill the adult elephants, the baby elephants will be orphaned. You can adopt these orphans through several organizations whose purpose is to help these orphans & help maintain their numbers

    Elephants in the bush
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    Mountain of lava

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    Driving in Tsavo West, you will see a black mountain with hardly any vegetation on it. This is one of the mountains that was formed by lava when the volcano erupted centuries ago. It's an amazing sight and one wonders when the next major volcanic eruption like this will happen again

    Volcanic lava black mountain
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