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elephantsFor years our guests have been experiencing the magnetic and awe-inspiring world that is Africa. We are now able to share these magical moments with you through our Safari Blog. This is one way we hope to emanate the thrill of being on safari, so join us as we look forward to planning your very own adventure in Africa.

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Amboseli Tusker

on Friday, 02 March 2012. Posted in 2012, Photography, Amboseli

Amboseli Tusker

A big male tusker on the lake bed....just stunning!

Samburu Warriors

on Monday, 06 February 2012. Posted in Laikipia, Photography, 2012

Samburu Warriors

Samburu warriors dancing and chanting across the Laikipia plateau. Not much like it!

The Elephant and Amboseli National Park

on Wednesday, 02 November 2011. Posted in 2011, Kenya, Amboseli

Amboseli, Kenya

The Elephant and Amboseli National Park

The flight between Meru and Amboseli was quite spectacular. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and by the time we had reached 8,000 feet we could see both Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro out of the same window. Two majestically snow capped free standing mountains rising high above the African savannah. As we approached Amboseli one could see they had not received any rain for a while. ‘Dust devils’ (miniature dust tornados towering high into the sky) scattered the sparse landscape and as we landed we were engulfed in the white fine volcanic dust that the area is well known for. A quick game drive produced some elephant bathing in a mud hole before we settled into our new home for the next three days; Tortilis Camp.

The Kudu and Meru National Park

on Wednesday, 26 October 2011. Posted in 2011, Kenya, Meru

Meru, Kenya

The Kudu and Meru National Park

As soon as we jumped out of the plane in Meru Peter, Helga and I glanced over at each other wryly; you could feel the heat. The ground was cracked open, the grass was almost non-existent and the trees were foliageless! Wow what a difference from the Mara. There was moisture in the air though. There couldn’t be rain around, not in Meru of all places surely?! Even our pilot confidently said ‘I’ll bet you a crate of beer it does not rain over the next four days’. Well, you would not believe but it rained and not just lightly. Meru needed it so badly that we could not complain, well to be honest we had no reason to complain as not one of our game drives was affected and the wildlife viewing was incredible – the best I have ever seen it.

The Lion and the Mara North Conservancy

on Saturday, 22 October 2011. Posted in 2011, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

The Lion and the Mara North Conservancy

Packed up with a picnic lunch and plenty of drinks we set off across the Reserve to our next stop in the Mara North Conservancy. Almost as it had become the norm, our first sighting leaving Salas Camp were 2 beautiful specimen black maned lions who had taken down a wildebeest overnight. Continuing on through the gnu and zebra filled plains we found three other prides before lunch, one of which numbered twelve. We also happened across a hyena den with twenty three hyenas. Although we did not see any small pups there were some sub adults that appeared very friendly and came right up to the vehicle. Late afternoon we arrived at Elephant Pepper Camp ready for a hot shower and a very cold gin and tonic.

The Leopard and the Sand River of the Mara

on Friday, 14 October 2011. Posted in 2011, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

The Leopard and the Sand River of the Mara

Peter and Helga arrived safely at Keekorok airstrip a little jaded from their long flight but ready to go as always. Their drowsiness swiflty departed as we bumped into 3 young male lions lying out in the evening sunshine on the short drive to Salas Camp located on the banks of the ‘Sausage tree’ lined Sand River. From that point on it just got better and better. I was a little concerned that the wildebeest would have moved out but this was certainly not the case. Over the next 5 days we immersed ourselves in herds of tens of thousands. It was spectacular.

‘Planking’ in the middle of the ‘bewildebeest’!

on Monday, 08 August 2011. Posted in 2011, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

‘Planking’ in the middle of the ‘bewildebeest’!

They bewilder everyone these wildebeest. Seemingly without rhyme or reason they cross back and forth the crocodile infested waters each year. Some chase their own tails in utter madness, most just follow the one in front of them trusting his/her judgement with amazing reliability. One day they are as far as the eye can see and the next they have completely disappeared. Some walk into a lion pride, get chased away often losing a compatriot, and then they walk back into the same pride 30 minutes later. Seriously! They are certainly not stupid though. To reach the astronomical numbers they have, they must be clever. Well I think so anyway!

Elephant in every direction

on Friday, 05 August 2011. Posted in Laikipia, 2011, Kenya

Lewa, Kenya

Elephant in every direction

Our final game drive on Lewa was not without excitement nor humour. An elephant actually put her trunk on the bonnet of the car to the point that I could have stretched out and touched it in front of me through the open window. That was the excitement, the humour was Tom’s comment. ‘That elephant has ‘moobs’ (man boobs!)’. Of course it was actually a female but we all rolled around hysterically laughing as Tom realised his mistake.

Cheetahs and chillaxing

on Thursday, 04 August 2011. Posted in Laikipia, 2011, Kenya

Lewa, Kenya

Cheetahs and chillaxing

 

The Pragastis family arrived all the way from Australia to a lovely stay at the new Hog Mead in Nairobi. Just a quick night to get over the jetlag and it was into our private charter to Lewa. The rains have failed in the area but that actually makes wildlife viewing even better. With the central swamp and several small streams running through the fever tree forests the animals have plenty of food and water.

The glory of the Maasai Mara

on Saturday, 09 July 2011. Posted in 2011, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Mara, Kenya

The glory of the Maasai Mara

It was sad farewell to Loisaba but the anticipation of the Mara was strongly in our minds as we cruised above the Great Rift Valley and into Keekorok airstrip. To see the miles and miles of open grassland is a spectacle in itself but the wildlife is what really draws people. It is no doubt the best place in the world to witness quintessential Africa teeming with animals. Just on our way into our private luxury camp we saw 18 different lion in the midst of buffalo, impala, hartebeest and topi.

The Samburu people and the stars

on Thursday, 07 July 2011. Posted in Laikipia, 2011, Kenya

Samburu, Kenya

The Samburu people and the stars

We had not done any exercise for a few days so a walk was the first item on the agenda as we arrived at Loisaba. This private wilderness allows for all sorts of ‘out of the vehicle’ activities and our walk across the open plains was the best way to stretch out the legs. As Pocket, our Samburu guide, drove the car to the meeting point we strolled across through the golden grass covered savannah, with zebra, oryx and hartebeest in every direction. Just on the small game drive into the lodge we came across herds of elephants and journeys of giraffe.

Rhino, rain and ramblings around the fire

on Thursday, 30 June 2011. Posted in Rift Valley, 2011, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Rhino, rain and ramblings around the fire

The quick flight from the dry plains of Lewa into the lush green Great Rift Valley was a little bumpy. Visibility was not great as we glided through a couple of rain showers but as we descended Lake Nakuru opened up below us shimmering in the golden evening light. A beautiful sight and a stark contrast to Lewa with its pink flamingo lined shores and yellow barked fever tree forests hugging the escarpment. The car was waiting for us and we headed out on our first game drive towards our private luxury mobile camp.

Lucky on Lewa

on Monday, 27 June 2011. Posted in Laikipia, 2011, Kenya

Lewa, Kenya

Lucky on Lewa

Paul, Judy, Olivia, Brad and Amy arrived safely in Nairobi and we immediately jumped into our private charter Cessna with my friend Tom, our pilot, and flew direct to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. It was a gloomy start to the flight but all quickly changed as we crossed the equator and the clouds parted to reveal Mount Kenya rising above the Rift Valley with its verdant slopes and cragged peaks. Cruising over indigenous forest, trout filled tarns and expansive wheat fields we descended to Lewa airstrip whilst catching a quick glimpse of a few elephant and buffalo herded around the swamp.

A hot, dry and dusty Serengeti

on Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Posted in 2011, Serengeti, Tanzania

Serengeti, Tanzania

A hot, dry and dusty Serengeti

With a final glance across the verdant Ngorongoro Crater we jumped into the truck and headed west towards the Serengeti. It didn’t take long for the landscape and the weather to change. As we descended from the highlands the heat rose and the dust gathered creating a shimmering haze over the endless plains. With quick stops at Olduvai Archaeological Museum and the incredible Shifting Sands we continued through herds of wildebeest, Thomson gazelle and zebra all in single file lines headed for well known waterholes.

The pachyderms and porcupines of the Ngorongoro Crater

on Friday, 04 March 2011. Posted in Ngorongoro Crater, 2011, Tanzania

Ngorongoro, Tanzania

The pachyderms and porcupines of the Ngorongoro Crater

So we bid farewell to the wilds of the Selous and flew from south to north across Tanzania towards the famous Ngorongoro Crater. It is a beautiful flight as you look down and see the turquoise blue ocean with palm fringed beaches and the sudden change to dry open bushland speckled with huge granite outcrops. As we neared Arusha, we also got our first view of Mount Kilimanjaro looming up over the clouds with its white capped summit. It was then across the Great Rift Valley before we landed at the Lake Manyara airstrip cantilevered over the edge of the escarpment. We met up with Ali, our driver, and slowly made our way up the windy track to the Crater rim.

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