Safari Blog

News from the bush

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.

Follow our journeys into the wilderness of Africa and the incredible, exhilarating and healing world of safari.

Giraffe Manor and then to the bush

on Thursday, 21 January 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

Giraffe Manor and then to the bush

Jackie Essex and Mica Bergman, 2 Texan ladies, absolutely loved their first 2 nights in Africa at the famed Giraffe Manor. After a long journey it has the perfect tranquil surroundings to relax and acclimatise before heading off into the wilderness for an adventure packed safari through East Africa. Some shopping and sightseeing in Nairobi started us off before jumping on our private charter flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

The Maasai Mara and a farewell to the Bartter Family

on Sunday, 10 January 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

The Maasai Mara and a farewell to the Bartter Family

The Maasai Mara did not disappoint. It was nothing short of exciting and exhilarating making it beyond doubt the best place in the world for animal viewing. Brit and Marilyn were amazed at how few other vehicles we saw. ‘Andy, this is like having it all to ourselves – our own private Reserve’. And it was, as for 2 days we explored the surrounding area and witnessed some incredible wildlife moments without another person in sight. The cats really came out to play for us; from a pride of 11 lion hunting and taking down a wildebeest to a mother cheetah and cub’s failed attempt on a Thomson gazelle, a leopard struggling to climb down a tree to a serval cat slinking through the grass less than 6 feet from the car. On our last game drive we had lion, leopard and cheetah all within 1 mile of each other.

The Maasai Mara - Quintessential Africa

on Friday, 08 January 2010. Posted in Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

The Maasai Mara - Quintessential Africa

We finally found the lions on Loisaba after tracking them for over an hour.

A pride of 7 was resting in the shade of a croton thicket in the heart of their territory. Licking and grooming each other it was lovely to see the close knit social behaviour of these beautiful felines. As the light began to fade we headed down to Falcon rocks for a sundowner to be met by 10 Samburu warriors who then proceeded to do a dance with the backdrop of Loisaba’s stunning landscape. With a gin and tonic in hand we sat and watched as the warriors, who were dressed in their traditonal costumes and covered in variety of colourful beaded necklaces and flowers, sung and jumped and then vanished into the bush. It was a sad farewell to Loisaba the next morning but with great anticipation we set off for the Maasai Mara in hope of some spectacular wildlife viewing.

Loisaba Wilderness

on Tuesday, 05 January 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

A stunning mix of beautiful landscapes, activities, culture and wildlife

Loisaba Wilderness

With a brief window of sun, Brit and Blake did the bi-plane over Lewa. With their wool lined leather jackets, cotton scarves and ‘Biggles’ eye wear they really looked the part. The flight gives an incredible feeling of going back in time as Will steers the plane seemingly effortlessly over the open grasslands and down rocky ravines that litter the fairyland of the Northern Frontier District. With earphones on playing the ‘Out of Africa’ and ‘Last of the Mohicans’ themes you experience the surrounding area from a uniquely different perspective.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

on Saturday, 02 January 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Conservation, Kenya, 2010

A catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Having watched the amazing blue moon rise at Elsa’s Kopje, we were given a great send off in Meru by a huge male elephant who blocked the road for 10 minutes refusing to budge. Dwarfed by his gigantic size I thought better than to take on a six ton animal and he finally let us pass as he disappeared into the bush with a final trumpet and flap of his ears.

Meru National Park

on Friday, 01 January 2010. Posted in Kenya, Meru, 2010

true African wilderness and the start of my first safari of the season

Meru National Park

A 6 hour drive from Nairobi has led the Bartter Family and I to Meru National Park. Going from the southern to northern hemisphere we passed through Kenya’s central highlands and an amazing agricultural diversity of pineapple, tea and coffee plantations as well as wheat, maize and miraa fields. From the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city it is so good to be back in the bush. Meru is looking absolutely incredible and the recent rain has transformed the Park into a veritable wildlife paradise. The grass is lovely and green covered with a myriad of flowers. Just on our drive in we saw 12 species of mammal including a beautiful lioness slinking through the bushes intermittently roaring, calling for her mate The real beauty was that there was not another car in sight. What normally takes an hour took us 3! We were met by the smiling faces of Phil and Charlie, the managers of Elsa’s Kopje, and a well deserved ice cold cocktail of fresh lime juice and soda water.

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