If you would like to see a leopard let’s all meet at the Crocodile Bar at 5 0’clock.
We checked into the Samburu River Lodge that afternoon after a dusty ride, even fording a stream with our trusty driver, John, in his well-seasoned Jeep. Arriving in time for a welcoming orange juice, shower, brief siesta, and to explore our surroundings. This unexpectedly lush resort in remote northern Kenya was a treasure. Making our dinner reservations in the outdoor dining room, we headed on down to the Crocodile Bar and took a ringside seat where we could prop our feet up on the stone wall around the crocodile’s favorite place to crawl up out of the river. Drinks in hand for an extended wait. It wasn’t long before the giant reptiles appeared clawing their way up out of the river onto the muddy bank. They squirmed around getting comfortable, like a dog in his bed, and finally closed those side mounted eyes. The fishing must have been good today.
At dusk our attention was directed to a spot lit sloping tree trunk just across the narrow river. A leopard appeared, one of the most elusive of the “Big 5”. All conversation stopped. He cautiously climbed the tree finding in the top a dead goat carefully placed in the branches so he would be comfortable to stay there to enjoy his dinner. The Lodge provided regularly so leopards would be visible for their guests. Talk about service!
Later we moved on to dinner and though forewarned the monkeys tried to swoop down and steal the hot dinner rolls. But the practiced waiters were quicker, with an adroit
snap of their white linin towels they protected our luscious rolls. And later to bed to be tucked in under mosquito netting and so to sleep to the strange music of the African night.
Now I doubt that we will see a leopard at the AWESOME ALPHABET ANIMAL PARTY for I have heard that they are very shy. But I do hope that you will come!
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And the upcoming AWESOME ALAPHBET ANIMAL PARTY