A Travellerspoint blog

March 2020

Fascinating night dive at Wofoh North was our best

Wunderpus octopus; one of the main reasons for selecting the Wofoh North dive site was its reputation as home to the wunderpus; this species was only discovered in the 1980's and was really cool to watch

Wunderpus octopus; one of the main reasons for selecting the Wofoh North dive site was its reputation as home to the wunderpus; this species was only discovered in the 1980's and was really cool to watch

Candy cane sea cucumber; I'd never seen this beautifully colored species before; they grow to about 2 ft. by primarily eating plankton

Candy cane sea cucumber; I'd never seen this beautifully colored species before; they grow to about 2 ft. by primarily eating plankton

Frogfish; Indonesia has the greatest number of frogfish species; frogfish generally do not move or swim very much, preferring to lie on the sea floor and wait for prey to approach

Frogfish; Indonesia has the greatest number of frogfish species; frogfish generally do not move or swim very much, preferring to lie on the sea floor and wait for prey to approach

Helmet gurnard; the pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean in search of clams, crustaceans and small fish to eat

Helmet gurnard; the pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean in search of clams, crustaceans and small fish to eat

Easily the largest hermit crab I've ever seen; as the hermit crab grows in size, it must find a larger shell and abandon the previous one; several hermit crab species have been observed forming a vacancy chain to exchange shells

Easily the largest hermit crab I've ever seen; as the hermit crab grows in size, it must find a larger shell and abandon the previous one; several hermit crab species have been observed forming a vacancy chain to exchange shells

Plakobranchus ocellatus sea slug; at one point in the dive my flashlight disturbed thousands of fish which then started flying at our group like locusts!; they were pelting us so hard we quickly retreated

Plakobranchus ocellatus sea slug; at one point in the dive my flashlight disturbed thousands of fish which then started flying at our group like locusts!; they were pelting us so hard we quickly retreated

Tiger sea cucumber; this night dive was great because we just explored the sandy sea floor making it easier to find different animals; the dive was also relatively shallow so we could stay down longer

Tiger sea cucumber; this night dive was great because we just explored the sandy sea floor making it easier to find different animals; the dive was also relatively shallow so we could stay down longer

I lucked out getting to see several wunderpus octopi on this dive; they are nocturnal feeders but once spotted would often just totally retreat into their burrow

I lucked out getting to see several wunderpus octopi on this dive; they are nocturnal feeders but once spotted would often just totally retreat into their burrow

Our fun group on a rare excursion off the boat at Pianemo viewpoint; the view here is on every postcard and travel brochure about Raja Ampat

Our fun group on a rare excursion off the boat at Pianemo viewpoint; the view here is on every postcard and travel brochure about Raja Ampat

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Fantastic Singapore is a perfect city for tourists to enjoy!

The infinity pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the hottest ticket in town but only hotel guests can swim here; we had the same view from the adjacent bar without spending $500  per night

The infinity pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the hottest ticket in town but only hotel guests can swim here; we had the same view from the adjacent bar without spending $500+ per night

Singaporeans enjoy one of the world's longest life expectancies and one of the lowest infant mortality rates; it rates highly in key social indicators: education, healthcare, quality of life, personal safety and housing (home-ownership rate is 90%)

Singaporeans enjoy one of the world's longest life expectancies and one of the lowest infant mortality rates; it rates highly in key social indicators: education, healthcare, quality of life, personal safety and housing (home-ownership rate is 90%)

Singapore has the most picturesque harbor of any big city in the world; the centerpiece is the Marina Bay Sands hotel with 3 55 story towers topped by a cantilevered SkyPark

Singapore has the most picturesque harbor of any big city in the world; the centerpiece is the Marina Bay Sands hotel with 3 55 story towers topped by a cantilevered SkyPark

We bought the Singapore Tourist Pass which gave us unlimited rides on the public buses and subway; they were clean, efficient and very easy to use (it's expensive to have a car so there's much less traffic than you would expect)

We bought the Singapore Tourist Pass which gave us unlimited rides on the public buses and subway; they were clean, efficient and very easy to use (it's expensive to have a car so there's much less traffic than you would expect)

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the only Singapore site to make the prestigious list

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on UNESCO's World Heritage List and the only Singapore site to make the prestigious list

The VIP Orchid Collection features many orchids named for famous visitors to Singapore; this species is called Lady Diana and we also saw orchids named for the Obamas, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel and the Pences

The VIP Orchid Collection features many orchids named for famous visitors to Singapore; this species is called Lady Diana and we also saw orchids named for the Obamas, Nelson Mandela, Angela Merkel and the Pences

Singapore has about 6 million residents and is the second most densely populated country in the world (after Monaco); the country is only 280 sq mi and lies 85 miles north of the Equator

Singapore has about 6 million residents and is the second most densely populated country in the world (after Monaco); the country is only 280 sq mi and lies 85 miles north of the Equator

This area is home to myriad cultures and is the only Chinatown in the world to boast a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple along a single street

This area is home to myriad cultures and is the only Chinatown in the world to boast a Buddhist temple, a mosque and a Hindu temple along a single street

More than 10,000 small Buddhas line the walls of Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum; I was initially denied entry because my temperature was a little too high (coronavirus checks were frequent!)

More than 10,000 small Buddhas line the walls of Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple and Museum; I was initially denied entry because my temperature was a little too high (coronavirus checks were frequent!)

In 19th century Singapore, Chinese festivals were often marked by elaborate street processions; the area wasn't very crowded when we walked around

In 19th century Singapore, Chinese festivals were often marked by elaborate street processions; the area wasn't very crowded when we walked around

View of Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel next door; incredible sights for any tourist and definite must sees

View of Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel next door; incredible sights for any tourist and definite must sees

People of the River is an interesting sculpture on the Singapore River at the Cavenagh Bridge (the only suspension bridge and the city's oldest, dating from 1869)

People of the River is an interesting sculpture on the Singapore River at the Cavenagh Bridge (the only suspension bridge and the city's oldest, dating from 1869)

Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive city in which to live since 2013; hotel costs were extremely high but other expenses for tourists didn't seem too bad

Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive city in which to live since 2013; hotel costs were extremely high but other expenses for tourists didn't seem too bad

The Singapore Flyer was closed during our visit (saved us each $33); it used to be the world's largest observation wheel until one in Las Vegas beat it

The Singapore Flyer was closed during our visit (saved us each $33); it used to be the world's largest observation wheel until one in Las Vegas beat it

The Singapore Botanic Garden is free but you do have to pay $4 US to visit the Orchid Garden; considering how expensive everything in Singapore is this was one of the few bargains

The Singapore Botanic Garden is free but you do have to pay $4 US to visit the Orchid Garden; considering how expensive everything in Singapore is this was one of the few bargains

Henderson Waves connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park; standing 36 m above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore

Henderson Waves connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park; standing 36 m above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore

Alexandra Arch is an 80 m long bridge on the Southern Ridges walk; the walk is comprised of a 10 km chain of parks and green open spaces

Alexandra Arch is an 80 m long bridge on the Southern Ridges walk; the walk is comprised of a 10 km chain of parks and green open spaces

Thian Hock Keng is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, founded in 1842; the subway took much longer than an Uber to get to our hotel from the airport and the price difference was minimal

Thian Hock Keng is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, founded in 1842; the subway took much longer than an Uber to get to our hotel from the airport and the price difference was minimal

Sultan Mosque, built in 1928, is Singapore's largest mosque and the most famous landmark in the Kampong Glam neighborhood; non-Singaporeans now account for more than half the nation's population

Sultan Mosque, built in 1928, is Singapore's largest mosque and the most famous landmark in the Kampong Glam neighborhood; non-Singaporeans now account for more than half the nation's population

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, founded in 1827; once a year, Hindus line up to run across red hot coals to prove the strength of their faith

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, founded in 1827; once a year, Hindus line up to run across red hot coals to prove the strength of their faith

Buddha's Tooth Relic Museum and Temple is cherished by the local Chinese who make up a majority of the population in Singapore; the tooth is located on the 4th floor but, due to the coronavirus, visitors were restricted to the ground floor

Buddha's Tooth Relic Museum and Temple is cherished by the local Chinese who make up a majority of the population in Singapore; the tooth is located on the 4th floor but, due to the coronavirus, visitors were restricted to the ground floor

The new Parliament House opened in 1999 at one of the premier locations in the country where the Singapore River flows into Marina Bay; the weather is extremely hot and humid requiring multiple showers each day

The new Parliament House opened in 1999 at one of the premier locations in the country where the Singapore River flows into Marina Bay; the weather is extremely hot and humid requiring multiple showers each day

Singapore has 5.7 million people living in an area 3 1/2 times the size of Washington, DC; I expected a country that looked more like Manhattan but there were nice neighborhoods with no tall buildings

Singapore has 5.7 million people living in an area 3 1/2 times the size of Washington, DC; I expected a country that looked more like Manhattan but there were nice neighborhoods with no tall buildings

The Raffles Hotel started in 1887 and recently re-opened after an extensive remodel; it is now opened by a Qatari company but is famous as the birthplace, in 1915, of the Singapore Sling cocktail

The Raffles Hotel started in 1887 and recently re-opened after an extensive remodel; it is now opened by a Qatari company but is famous as the birthplace, in 1915, of the Singapore Sling cocktail

Clarke Quay has become a restaurant and nightclub hub along the Singapore River; during the colonial era, barges would transport goods upstream to warehouses here

Clarke Quay has become a restaurant and nightclub hub along the Singapore River; during the colonial era, barges would transport goods upstream to warehouses here

Fountain of Wealth; foreigners from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka do most of the manual labor jobs; the city was very peaceful with no sirens and lots of green space

Fountain of Wealth; foreigners from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka do most of the manual labor jobs; the city was very peaceful with no sirens and lots of green space

Haji Lane was an artsy, bohemian area of Singapore that I'm sure would be packed in the evenings; the nation's population breakdown is 74% Cinese, 13% Mlaysian, 9% Idian and 4% oher

Haji Lane was an artsy, bohemian area of Singapore that I'm sure would be packed in the evenings; the nation's population breakdown is 74% Chinese, 13% Malaysian, 9% Indian and 4% other

Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay opened in 2002 and offers local and international performances as well as free outdoor performances; it also home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay opened in 2002 and offers local and international performances as well as free outdoor performances; it also home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

In 2015, Lonely Planet and The New York Times listed Singapore as their top and 6th best world destination to visit respectively; I'd definitely put the city very high on my list too!

In 2015, Lonely Planet and The New York Times listed Singapore as their top and 6th best world destination to visit respectively; I'd definitely put the city very high on my list too!

Singapore attracted 18.5 million international tourists in 2018, more than 3 times Singapore's total population; Singapore is the 5th most visited city in the world and 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region

Singapore attracted 18.5 million international tourists in 2018, more than 3 times Singapore's total population; Singapore is the 5th most visited city in the world and 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region

In the foreground is the ArtScience Museum designed by the same architect as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel; it hosts a wide range of travelling exhibitions but we skipped it

In the foreground is the ArtScience Museum designed by the same architect as the Marina Bay Sands Hotel; it hosts a wide range of travelling exhibitions but we skipped it

The port of Singapore is one of the busiest in Asia with hundred of ships waiting to unload their cargo; the stable government has encouraged businesses to use Singapore as their Asian base

The port of Singapore is one of the busiest in Asia with hundred of ships waiting to unload their cargo; the stable government has encouraged businesses to use Singapore as their Asian base

We had arrived in Singapore this morning at 6am and couldn't get into our hotel room until 3pm so we walked all over this hot and humid city trying to keep our bodies on a normal schedule

We had arrived in Singapore this morning at 6am and couldn't get into our hotel room until 3pm so we walked all over this hot and humid city trying to keep our bodies on a normal schedule

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Famous Chicken Ridge dive in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Fimbriated moray eel; this species is carnivorous and leaves its lair at night to actively hunt its prey along the reef; it can grow to 31 in long

Fimbriated moray eel; this species is carnivorous and leaves its lair at night to actively hunt its prey along the reef; it can grow to 31 in long

Chicken Reef is one of the most visited dive sites in Raja Ampat and often makes lists of the best dive sites in the world; the shape of the reef supposedly looks like a chicken

Chicken Reef is one of the most visited dive sites in Raja Ampat and often makes lists of the best dive sites in the world; the shape of the reef supposedly looks like a chicken

Sharksucker; this was one of most fun dives because this fish stuck with me through most of the dive; while other divers took photos of him (and me), the fish would nip at me

Sharksucker; this was one of most fun dives because this fish stuck with me through most of the dive; while other divers took photos of him (and me), the fish would nip at me

A sharksucker is known to attach itself temporarily by its modified dorsal fin used as a sucking disc to various hosts, such as sharks, rays, large bony fishes, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, ships, and even sometimes scuba divers!

A sharksucker is known to attach itself temporarily by its modified dorsal fin used as a sucking disc to various hosts, such as sharks, rays, large bony fishes, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, ships, and even sometimes scuba divers!

Yellow spotted rock cod; this is a popular species raised via aquaculture and commands a high price; countries are hoping aquaculture will help minimize depletion of natural stocks

Yellow spotted rock cod; this is a popular species raised via aquaculture and commands a high price; countries are hoping aquaculture will help minimize depletion of natural stocks

Black tip reef shark; with each dive I wished my diving friends could have been here to see how spectacular the underwater scenery was

Black tip reef shark; with each dive I wished my diving friends could have been here to see how spectacular the underwater scenery was

Seeing huge schools of fish became a common sight on our dives; how they managed to not run into each other just amazes me!

Seeing huge schools of fish became a common sight on our dives; how they managed to not run into each other just amazes me!

Highfin coralfish; the Raja Ampat archipelago straddles the Equator and forms part of the Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth

Highfin coralfish; the Raja Ampat archipelago straddles the Equator and forms part of the Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth

The best time to visit Raja Ampat is during the dry October-April period; because of Raja Ampat's tropical climate, rain can unpredictably fall, although much less frequently during the dry season

The best time to visit Raja Ampat is during the dry October-April period; because of Raja Ampat's tropical climate, rain can unpredictably fall, although much less frequently during the dry season

Ribbon sweetlips; the boat had many reference books on the various species that live in the area; the divemasters also could identify any species I couldn't determine

Ribbon sweetlips; the boat had many reference books on the various species that live in the area; the divemasters also could identify any species I couldn't determine

The region's coral is in such good shape because the area is relatively unpopulated and difficult to reach for tourists; the only way to dive the area is with a liveaboard boat

The region's coral is in such good shape because the area is relatively unpopulated and difficult to reach for tourists; the only way to dive the area is with a liveaboard boat

Schools of blue and yellow fusiliers were present on most of our dives; our boat tours the Komodo Islands when it's rainy season in Raja Ampat

Schools of blue and yellow fusiliers were present on most of our dives; our boat tours the Komodo Islands when it's rainy season in Raja Ampat

Golden spadefish; I was the only one on the boat that didn't wear a wetsuit diving but I never felt the least bit cold; it didn't take me long to get ready as a result

Golden spadefish; I was the only one on the boat that didn't wear a wetsuit diving but I never felt the least bit cold; it didn't take me long to get ready as a result

Yellowmask angelfish; this species, which can grow to 15 in, feeds on tunicates, sponges, other encrusting organisms and algae

Yellowmask angelfish; this species, which can grow to 15 in, feeds on tunicates, sponges, other encrusting organisms and algae

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Nusa Ceningan - smallest of the 3 popular islands near Bali

The Blue Lagoon is the biggest attraction on Nusa Ceningan; no swimming is allowed due to the rough waves but it's nice to view

The Blue Lagoon is the biggest attraction on Nusa Ceningan; no swimming is allowed due to the rough waves but it's nice to view

The Yellow Bridge, which connects Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, collapsed in 2018 killing 8 people and injuring more than 40; those impacted had just attended a Hindu celebration

The Yellow Bridge, which connects Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, collapsed in 2018 killing 8 people and injuring more than 40; those impacted had just attended a Hindu celebration

Lee and I have really liked the prices in Indonesia; this is the view from our $23 hotel room looking from Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Lembongan (note Lee in the pool)

Lee and I have really liked the prices in Indonesia; this is the view from our $23 hotel room looking from Nusa Ceningan to Nusa Lembongan (note Lee in the pool)

Lee and I checked out the snorkeling at Secret Point Beach but the currents were too strong; the 3 Nusa islands near Bali were scenic but offered very limited snorkeling options

Lee and I checked out the snorkeling at Secret Point Beach but the currents were too strong; the 3 Nusa islands near Bali were scenic but offered very limited snorkeling options

There wasn't much colorful coral around Nusa Ceningan with most of it either broken in pieces or bleached; this is the low season so there were few tourists (high season is March 15 - December 15)

There wasn't much colorful coral around Nusa Ceningan with most of it either broken in pieces or bleached; this is the low season so there were few tourists (high season is March 15 - December 15)

This bag brought back lots of memories from my days at Frito; the header on the bag resembles the old Doritos logo yet the product is corn chips like Fritos (naturally, I didn't try them)

This bag brought back lots of memories from my days at Frito; the header on the bag resembles the old Doritos logo yet the product is corn chips like Fritos (naturally, I didn't try them)

The only practical way to get around on Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan is on a scooter; Lee rented this for $7 day and put up with an extremely nervous passenger

The only practical way to get around on Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan is on a scooter; Lee rented this for $7 day and put up with an extremely nervous passenger

Rather than go to Bali proper we opted for more remote islands visiting Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan (center of picture) before visiting the Gili Islands just off Lombok

Rather than go to Bali proper we opted for more remote islands visiting Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan (center of picture) before visiting the Gili Islands just off Lombok

Nusa Ceningan has been popular for crazies wanting to cliff jump; there are 5 and 13 meter platforms (behind Lee) that are open when the tides are high enough for safe entries

Nusa Ceningan has been popular for crazies wanting to cliff jump; there are 5 and 13 meter platforms (behind Lee) that are open when the tides are high enough for safe entries

Luzon Sea Star with 6 arms; it was difficult taking fish photos here because of the currents and rough waters but the stationary sea stars were easier

Luzon Sea Star with 6 arms; it was difficult taking fish photos here because of the currents and rough waters but the stationary sea stars were easier

The Yellow Bridge is only for pedestrians and scooters; it's a little tight with 2 scooters passing each other especially when they have luggage or bulky goods

The Yellow Bridge is only for pedestrians and scooters; it's a little tight with 2 scooters passing each other especially when they have luggage or bulky goods

There are lots of natural attractions on the 3 Nusa Islands near Bali such as arches, caves, beaches, cliffs and large tidal ranges; unlike larger Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan had very few cars and were easier to navigate

There are lots of natural attractions on the 3 Nusa Islands near Bali such as arches, caves, beaches, cliffs and large tidal ranges; unlike larger Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan had very few cars and were easier to navigate

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Fantastic safari at Maasai Mara-close to Nairobi

This Maasai warrior in training saw me trying to get a selfie with an uncooperative goat and quickly grabbed one so I could get this photo

This Maasai warrior in training saw me trying to get a selfie with an uncooperative goat and quickly grabbed one so I could get this photo

African elephants are the largest land mammals and eat 12-18 hours per day; all that eating causes the average elephant to expel a ton of poo each week

African elephants are the largest land mammals and eat 12-18 hours per day; all that eating causes the average elephant to expel a ton of poo each week

Grey crowned crane; this species, the national bird of Uganda, is about 3 ft tall, weighs 7.7 lbs, and has a wingspan of 6.5 ft

Grey crowned crane; this species, the national bird of Uganda, is about 3 ft tall, weighs 7.7 lbs, and has a wingspan of 6.5 ft

Our very fun tour group; we had some very long driving days but the highlights of Kenya and Uganda were more than worth it

Our very fun tour group; we had some very long driving days but the highlights of Kenya and Uganda were more than worth it

Lilac breasted roller; this colorful species is the national bird of Kenya and has an average lifespan of 10 years

Lilac breasted roller; this colorful species is the national bird of Kenya and has an average lifespan of 10 years

Newborn giraffes are taller than most humans; sadly, in some populations, more than 50% o all giraffe calves do not survive their first year

Newborn giraffes are taller than most humans; sadly, in some populations, more than 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year

Spotted hyena; we also saw a smaller jackal; spotted hyenas may kill as many as 95% o the animals they eat, while striped hyenas are largely scavengers

Spotted hyena; we also saw a smaller jackal; spotted hyenas may kill as many as 95% of the animals they eat, while striped hyenas are largely scavengers

Because of its adapted retinas, leopards can see seven times better in the dark than humans; leopards can run up to 37 mph and can leap up to 19 ft

Because of its adapted retinas, leopards can see seven times better in the dark than humans; leopards can run up to 37 mph and can leap up to 19 ft

Impalas are fleet runners who are able to leap distances of up to 33 ft; the impala can also clear bushes and other obstacles by soaring some 10 ft in the air

Impalas are fleet runners who are able to leap distances of up to 33 ft; the impala can also clear bushes and other obstacles by soaring some 10 ft in the air

Secretary bird; instantly recognizable as a very large bird with an eagle-like body on crane-like legs, this species resembles a crane more than a bird of prey

Secretary bird; instantly recognizable as a very large bird with an eagle-like body on crane-like legs, this species resembles a crane more than a bird of prey

Cheetahs; they suffered a substantial decline in their historic range in the 20th century due to habitat loss, poaching (for illegal pet trade) and conflict with humans; by 2016, the global cheetah population was estimated at 7,100 individuals in the wild

Cheetahs; they suffered a substantial decline in their historic range in the 20th century due to habitat loss, poaching (for illegal pet trade) and conflict with humans; by 2016, the global cheetah population was estimated at 7,100 individuals in the wild

Ostriches were a common sight in the park; this largest living bird can run fast or kick hard if provoked

Ostriches were a common sight in the park; this largest living bird can run fast or kick hard if provoked

Topi; this vulnerable species resembles the hartebeest but has a darker coloration and lacks sharply angled horns; they are a tall species, ranging in height from 39 to 51 in at the shoulder.

Topi; this vulnerable species resembles the hartebeest but has a darker coloration and lacks sharply angled horns; they are a tall species, ranging in height from 39 to 51 in at the shoulder.

The Kenyan government has instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their semi-nomadic lifestyle, but they have continued their customs; many tribes welcome visits to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle, in return for a fee

The Kenyan government has instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their semi-nomadic lifestyle, but they have continued their customs; many tribes welcome visits to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle, in return for a fee

Dik-dik; this is the smallest antelope found in the park; dik-diks stand about 12–15.5 in at the shoulder and weigh 6.6–13.2 lb and can live for up to 10 years

Dik-dik; this is the smallest antelope found in the park; dik-diks stand about 12–15.5 in at the shoulder and weigh 6.6–13.2 lb and can live for up to 10 years

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

Cape buffalo are widely regarded as among the most dangerous animals on the African continent, and according to some estimates they gore, trample, and kill more than 200 people every year

Hunting by female lions takes place mostly from dusk until dawn, and during the cooler hours of the day; usually the females will hunt, and then the males (who patrol the territory and protect the pride) will eat first

Hunting by female lions takes place mostly from dusk until dawn, and during the cooler hours of the day; usually the females will hunt, and then the males (who patrol the territory and protect the pride) will eat first

Village weaver; this species builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree

Village weaver; this species builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree

The Maasai lived in these small mud huts that were unbearably hot and filled with bugs and flies; all of the Maasai’s needs for food are met by their cattle; they eat the meat, drink the milk daily and drink the blood on occasion

The Maasai lived in these small mud huts that were unbearably hot and filled with bugs and flies; all of the Maasai’s needs for food are met by their cattle; they eat the meat, drink the milk daily and drink the blood on occasion

Vervet monkeys are the most widespread monkeys in Africa; after a gestation period of approximately 140 days, a single baby is born between March and May

Vervet monkeys are the most widespread monkeys in Africa; after a gestation period of approximately 140 days, a single baby is born between March and May

Wildebeest; we saw these from the bus as we left the park having not seen any within the park; this species is also called the gnu which can be a handy word in Scrabble

Wildebeest; we saw these from the bus as we left the park having not seen any within the park; this species is also called the gnu which can be a handy word in Scrabble

Thomson's gazelle is the most common type of gazelle in East Africa; it can reach speeds of 55 mph (fifth-fastest land animal, after cheetah, pronghorn, springbok, and wildebeest)

Thomson's gazelle is the most common type of gazelle in East Africa; it can reach speeds of 55 mph (fifth-fastest land animal, after cheetah, pronghorn, springbok, and wildebeest)

Grant's gazelle is native to 6 East African countries; Grant's gazelles are noticeably larger than Thomson's gazelles and have an average lifespan of 12 years

Grant's gazelle is native to 6 East African countries; Grant's gazelles are noticeably larger than Thomson's gazelles and have an average lifespan of 12 years

Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, they even sleep and give birth standing up; giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period

Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up, they even sleep and give birth standing up; giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period

The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months – longer than any other land animal in the world; a newborn human baby weighs an average of 7 lb while a newborn elephant baby can weigh up to 260 lb!

The elephant’s gestation period is 22 months – longer than any other land animal in the world; a newborn human baby weighs an average of 7 lb while a newborn elephant baby can weigh up to 260 lb!

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