The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There!

Tripoto
30th Jun 2016
Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! 1/1 by Anuj Tikku

For most tourists that come to Africa, the goal of the Safari is to catch the big game, and perhaps, to get a glimpse of the Lion King. It is not a tough thing to do if you look in the right places as I spotted the king of the beasts as he lazily slept on the coarse grass of Amboseli Park.

My little open aired bus in the bush!

Photo of Amboseli National Park, Kajiado County, Kenya by Anuj Tikku

I stopped my mini bus to take pictures of this magnificent beast, and today, it did not disappoint except that it was a lioness! The Queen (can we call it that?) was laying on the grass as it looked at me drawing close in my bus.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

It got up, yawned at me and went for a lazy indolent stroll. I had a good view and clicked away with my camera. The distance between me and her mustn't have been more than 20 meters.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

Next was a team of elephants who were busy eating the bush grass and sipping water from the lake with their cubs at their tails.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

As we wandered further, we came upon another a herd of water buffaloes, zebras and other wild beasts.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku
Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

This time, we circled around the lake to catch a glimpse of some amazing birds which included a red-billed pelican and another which might have been a kingfisher.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

So much of colour on a bird, the kingfisher, definitely looked majestic. No wonder it became a mascot for a beer brand!

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

“You know Anuj, I used to watch Mahabharata when I was young and I think it was a famous Indian TV serial which was also very famous in Kenya.” remarked John, my guide, once during the safari.

John - my guide in the bush!

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

“I take a lot of Indians to safari. Nice people and they eat a lot of chillies with their food!” He added making small talk in the heat and dust of the bush.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

I smiled and asked, “Who was your favourite hero from Mahabharata then?” John scratched his head for a while and said “Bhishma, the man who lay on a bed of arrows. Man, he was so powerful because no one could kill him as he had a divine boon. So all they could do was to put him on a bed of arrows.”

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

I was frankly amazed he knew all this, about a culture so far away to be impossible. I was also fairly heart warmed by thinking about the strength of our culture that spreads so far and wide.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

John was a fine guide and made sure I had everything that I needed on my journey. He even took care of my lunch, drinks, rest and recreation.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

Africans are simple people, bravely strong and forthright. Sometimes, I wonder how they were once colonised by the Continental Powers.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

Kenya today is a vibrant economy and has evolved with the spread of technology, internet and mobile telephony. They are one of the more advanced nations in Africa.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

Tourism forms a big part of their national revenue and there are people from all over the world here. I saw and met Danes, Russians, Koreans and Japanese that come over to see this wild spectacle of Africa. And what a spectacle it was indeed!

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

As we headed back from the observation point in the park at about lunch time, I realised that I had spent almost six hours watching these magnificent animals.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

Time just flew and I wouldn't have noticed it had I not been hungry. After a bite of spaghetti and meatballs, I opened a bottle of lemonade called Krest which is a brand owned by Coca-Cola and popularly available in Africa.

Photo of The Lioness of Amboseli and the Many Animals There! by Anuj Tikku

As I sipped it, I could tell the flavour of the drink had not changed and was the same even twenty five years back when I was last in Africa growing up in a land so vast and unique. Now with the afternoon heat getting to me, I soon retired for a nap dreaming about my next destination which is Mount Kenya.

Originally posted on tikkustravelthon.in