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Fig Tree Pride cub

on Friday, 01 February 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Fig Tree Pride cub

Tiny little cub from the Fig Tree pride......

'High stepping' Topi

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

'High stepping' Topi

A topi 'high stepping' across the plains. It was great to watch literally hundreds of them doing their courtship displays.

Stormy male

on Tuesday, 22 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Stormy male

Lovely male overlooking his territory as a storm loomed in the background.

Lucky Escape

on Monday, 21 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Rift Valley, Kenya

Lucky Escape

Mum consoling its newborn calf after what was evidently a rough night. Note the puncture and scratch wounds on the bottom end of the neck and up by the ear. This lucky one lived to fight another day!

Lake Nakuru Sunrise

on Thursday, 17 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Rift Valley, Kenya

Lake Nakuru Sunrise

Getting down to Lake Nakuru at sunrise is so worth it!

Young White Rhino

on Tuesday, 15 January 2013. Posted in 2013, Photography, Rift Valley, Kenya

Young White Rhino

Young white rhino with head up in Nakuru.

Maasai Mara Lion

on Friday, 21 December 2012. Posted in Photography, 2012, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Maasai Mara Lion

A selection of lion photographs taken in a wet Maasai Mara in December 2012

A Brush with the Savannah

on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in 2013, Upcoming safaris, Kenya

A painting safari to Amboseli, Lewa and the Maasai Mara

A Brush with the Savannah

Kenyan based Andrew Campbell Safaris has teamed up with world renowned wildlife artist Eric Wilson to create a distinctive speciality African safari. Combining private tuition, real time bush workshops, exceptional comfort and untainted wildlife viewing, together they offer a once in a lifetime unrivalled experience.

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.

Black Rhino in the rain

on Thursday, 22 September 2011. Posted in Photography, Maasai Mara, Kenya

Black Rhino in the rain

An almighty storm brought this black rhino out of the bush east of Emarti in the Mara.......second rhino of the day!

‘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.

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