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Nairobi National Park

Our adventure started in high-gear at Nairobi National Park. Set on the very edge of the bustling capital, the park is extensive rolling savannah grassland and acacia woodland. It offers a great introduction to the fantastic and diverse avifauna of Kenya, and gives this city the highest bird list of any capital in the world. As you can imagine, just about every bird was a lifer! Ostrich, White-bellied Bustard, Blue-naped Mousebird, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Rattling Cisticola, Variable Sunbird, and Little Bee-eater were not only new species but new families for us. Helmeted Guineafowl and Egyptian Geese, domesticated in Arkansas, ran wild. Superb Starling, Malachite Kingfisher, and Gray Crowned Crane were stunners. Red-billed Oxpeckers foraged on the large mammals, and boy did we see large mammals Ė Maasai Giraffe, Lion, Plains Zebra, Hippopotamus, Impala, Grantís and Thompsonís Gazelles, Warthog, Cape Buffalo, Jacksonís Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Waterbuck, and Bushbuck. Here, as in many of the reserves with big game, you have to stay in your vehicle at all times. Fortunately, our minivan with a pop-up top gave us a panoramic view.
Gate
Gate
Yellow-fever Acacia
Yellow-fever Acacia
Kenyan Wildlife Service guard
Kenyan Wildlife Service guard
Our guide, Moez Ali
Our guide, Moez Ali
Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
Common Warthogs
Common Warthogs
Eland
Eland
Impalas
Impalas
Jackson's Hartebeest
Jackson's Hartebeest
Maasai Giraffe
Maasai Giraffe
Maasai Giraffe
Maasai Giraffe
Long-tailed Fiscal
Long-tailed Fiscal
Gabar Goshawk
Gabar Goshawk
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Three-banded Plover
Three-banded Plover
Sam & Dan
Sam & Dan