Places - Photos by KIMI maruyama



  • Yellow baboon

    It was breakfast time and he seemed relaxed, but this baboon kept a close watch on every vehicle that went by

  • Flatdogs camp

    As temporary visitors, humans were expected to respect an animals's space, no matter how long we had to wait before they moved away

  • African elephants

    The young ones are always in the middle of the herd, protected by their mums, sisters, and aunts

  • African elephants

    My main reason for going on a safari: elephants. Watching a herd of elephant crossing a river took my breath away

  • Common warthog

    There is a safari list called the Ugly 5. Compared to the Big 5 list (the most majestic and dangerous animals), the Ugly 5 lists what people think are the least majestic animals. I fell in love with the warthogs and didn't see them as ugly at all

  • Cape buffaloes

    One of my favorite pictures from my trip

  • Thornicroft's giraffe

    A female giraffe. A female's ossicones, or horns, are usually smaller and have fluffy tips

  • Vervet monkeys

    A good groomer must be thorough to ensure no area is missed

  • Sublime sundowner

    For this sundowner, we shared the panoramic view with Marbou and white-necked storks

  • Hyaena siesta

    The vehicle stayed close for a while, but the noise from the vehicle, camera, and humans didn't seemed to bother it one bit. This relaxed hyena was in the same position when we left

  • Waterbuck

    A female waterbuck. Waterbucks have a circular target-mark-shaped marking on their rump. Our guide Kennedy described the marking as a toilet seat

  • Leopard

    Striking a pose for the tourists

  • Walking safari

    In the distance, we found a journey of giraffes. In a fast moving vehicle, giraffes were surprisingly well camouflaged, but on a walking safari, our slow pace allows us to spot them better

  • Bachelor elephant

    Male elephants tend to have longer trunks than females, and they can reach higher than giraffes, especially if they stand up on their hind legs

  • Lodge transfer

    After 3 nights at Flatdogs, it was time to move on to the next camp, Tena Tena. Logistically, choosing a rendezvous spot and transferring by boat was the best choice. Here, staff and guests from Tena Tena wait for me to cross the river

  • Sundowner spectacle

    After the thirst was quenched, a long discussion took place among the elders on which direction to head toward next. Elephants are known to use body postures and vocalization to communicate with each other, and it was fascinating to witness the way they communicated to decide which way to go

  • Helmeted guinea fowl

    I loved watching their colorful faces and their rich feather patterns

  • Lilac breasted roller

    The lilac breasted roller is the national bird of Kenya

  • Vultures

    Once the last wild dog reluctantly left, the vultures swooped in. White-backed vultures to the to the right and white-headed vultures to the left

  • African wild dogs

    Driving a vehicle full of excited tourists, our guide communicated with other guides over the radio to find where the rest of the pack headed. I cannot explain the thrill I felt when we finally caught up with them

  • Thornicroft's giraffe

    This giraffe looks well groomed, but during tick season, the only way to groom hard-to-reach areas, such as between the hind legs, is to scratch them off using trees and bushes

  • Walking tour: Sausage tree

    On my second walking tour, our guide Nyambe explains the sausage tree fruit. It is hard to find sausage tree fruit on the ground, since they are prized sustenance to so many animals. All animals except one eat only the skin. Hippos are the only animals capable of eating the entire fruit, including the fibrous core.

  • Walking safari

    Moses, the ranger on our walking safari halts us after spotting a herd of elephants in a distance. Elephants are less tolerant of humans on foot compared to humans in vehicles

  • Marabou stork

    When you spend some time with them, some may find these slow-moving birds charming.

  • Large-spotted genet

    Genets have exceptional climbing skills

  • Young lions

    Location wise, this lion is in the perfect spot. Other animals cannot see him from the river, nor do the animals in front of him, allowing a possibility for a surprise attack

  • Young lions

    Brothers, taking in the land that they might someday rule

  • Puku

    A male puku. Pukus usually feed early or late in the day, and lounge on the ground during the hotter hours of the day

  • Sundowner

    A dance of flight performed in front of a sunset by the bee-eaters

  • Watering hole: Puku

    These gorgeous horns are used in horn clashing during territorial disputes

  • Watering hole: Waterbucks

    Even though I was trying to be as quiet as could be, I couldn't fool their exceptional hearing

  • Wild dogs

    Many of them seemed to know that it was time

  • Lions

    After they passed out jeep, the group of 7 lions walked right past the camp's lounge and headed toward the river. What an exhilarating way to end a drive

  • Zen frog

    A surprise visitor. My temporary buddy made itself at home on my en suite clothes hanger for over 5 hours. I gave him a name: Zen frog

  • Greater kudu

    Every time a saw a kudu, my heart skipped a beat. There is something mystical about their appearance, especially the males who fashion double-spiraled corkscrew horns

  • Water transport

    One of the benefits of travelling by boat

  • Hippo

    Hippo teeth are used for fighting each other and other enemies, as well as for visual display

  • Vervet monkey

    A beautiful female vervet monkey. Vervet monkeys usually live together in groups of 15 to 20 with a dominant male leading the troop

  • African elephant

    To a calf, the space underneath mom may feel the safest

  • Greater kudu

    A majestic male kudu. Kudus can have up to 10 white stripes on their backs

  • Waterbucks

    Waterbuck calves are nursed for at least 6 to 8 months

  • Last night drive

    Zebra sighting on my last game drive

  • Baobab tree

    Some babobabs can grow close to 100 feet. Before flooding in the area forced the government to relocate a nearby village, local residents used this baobab tree to stash valuables. Pegs used to climb the tree are still visible today

  • Parting gift: more elephants

    Winter thorn fruit pods. AKA "elephant biscuits"

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