It wasn't all amaranth and orphanages.
We did get to see a bit of nature in Kenya, too. We were there for such a short period and had so much to do that a safari wasn't possible. To be honest, everything was so unique and amazing that I didn't even miss a safari experience. Plus, I know I'll go back. So now I have something to look forward to for a return trip.
Here is a little of what I did see, in terms of nature.
This is Lake Victoria at sunset. It was gorgeous, but the mosquitos were in full effect. It's a little nerve wracking to be bitten continuously while in a malarial zone. Even if your on the anti-malarial meds.
Weaver bird nests on Lake Victoria.
Dhow boat on the Lake.
This is one of the world's largest beetles, and a resident of Kakamega national forest... but I missed it by a few months. I know! Again, I must return, if only to hold one of these gentle giants for a while. This is a mural on a information center at Kakamega Forest.
When I told the kids at the Polytechnic that I "loved bugs", a young girl IMMEDIATELY went to a nearby tree and knocked this bad boy down. It was about ten inches long, and covered in stinging hairs. Aw. Yeah.
Here are more shots from our visit to Kakamega Forest.
See why I wasn't pining for giraffes and elephants?
Have you visited nature areas here or abroad that you can recommend? What was your favorite siting of an animal, plant, or geologic feature?
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