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Sweetwaters Game Reserve

January 29, 2010

Heading south from Samburu National Park our next stop was the Sweetwaters Game Reserve, located on the equator.  Sweetwaters Game Reserve is a 24.000 acre private ranch and includes a 200 acre Chimpanzee Sanctuary, maintained by the Jane Goodall Institute. Orphaned and abused chimps are rehabilitated here and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions.

On our game drive we saw a lioness and her two cubs feeding on a kill. Even so the mother seemed to be quite tired, she was extremely patient with the antics of her offspring and we enjoyed watching them for quite a while.

At sunset we were granted a rare view of  a distant Mount Kenya in the evening mist.

The tented camp was a wonderful place to stay. A floodlit watering  hole attracted a wide array of wildlife at all times of the day (and night) and was visible from our tents. The next morning we were greeted by the sun rising behind Mount Kenya.

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