Laikipia

Black Rhino Mating

on Thursday, 23 August 2012. Posted in Laikipia, Photography, 2012

Black Rhino Mating

Probably my most unique sighting of my life so far, 2 black rhino mating (and calf beside) with the backdrop of a clear Mount Kenya. Special.

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!

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 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.

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.

Secluded Solio with rhino galore

on Saturday, 23 October 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

Secluded Solio with rhino galore

Peter came to collect us again and we flew to Nanyuki. The short drive to Solio game ranch took us through small villages bursting with activity. Colourful vegetable markets, ‘jua kali’ corrugated iron shops and uniformed school children returning home by foot with mud caked shoes. On arrival at the ranch gate we got wind of a leopard that had been spotted. My spotter, Ngugi, has incredible eyes but this time it was Wim who shouted ecstatically for me to stop. There it was, up a tree. Once a leopard knows it has been seen that is the last you will see of it. It gracefully clambered down the steep acacia trunk and disappeared into the undergrowth. Onto our camp for a hot safari style bucket shower. Around the campfire later on Simone mentioned how far the leopard had seemed away, we realised that she had been looking through the wrong end of her binoculars! We all burst into laughter.

The uniqueness of Laikipia

on Friday, 22 October 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

The uniqueness of Laikipia

I picked up Rene, Lidy, Simone and Wim and we flew direct to Loisaba. Peter, our pilot in his Cessna 206, aka the Yellow Peril, gave us an incredible flight several hundred feet over the Aberdare Mountains and across the Laikipia plateau. Before we had even landed we had seen herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra. Although Simone and Wim have been on safari with me 2 times already they were gobsmacked by the beauty. Rene and Lidy were just astounded. On the ground the excitement then started immediately as we were charged by an elephant on our way to the lodge. Just an old male strutting his stuff, more bravado than anything so nothing to worry about!

The stars of Loisaba

on Wednesday, 06 October 2010. Posted in Laikipia, 2010

The stars of Loisaba

Considering we only had the short drive to the airstrip to do I assumed that we had ‘maxed’ out our luck on Lewa but would you believe it, 2 Black rhino and our friendly lion cubs on an impala kill. At this point, as a guide, you just have nothing left to say! You need to sit back, take a few photos and enjoy the moment. We then jumped aboard our plane and headed for our next stop, passing over Pride Rock (the real life version from The Lion King) and herds of elephant on the Laikipia plateau we arrived to a warm welcome at Loisaba.

Cats on Lewa

on Tuesday, 28 September 2010. Posted in Laikipia, 2010

It’s not all about the cats but seeing one on every game drive is fantastic

Cats on Lewa

So expectations were high after our first day on Lewa but I had to reiterate that things could slow down a little from here on in, actually they haven’t at all. A horse ride across the plains followed by a surprise bush breakfast under the shade of a stunning Tortilis tree began the morning. ‘How about going to see if we can find some elephant in the swamp’ I said. ‘Yeah that would be good but can we also find some lion?’ Riley responded. Well of course you know what my reply was: ‘It’s getting a little hot now so they are probably hiding in the shade’. Well they were not, they were hunting. Seriously, how wrong can a guide be? Anyway, the 3 young lion from the night before were eyeing up a warthog. Only a year old and having lost their mum prematurely they are probably not as deadly as they should be. They showed themselves and the warthog shot off. Next an impala but again failure so they slumped under an acacia for a siesta. It will be a struggle for the 3 of them but, with time, I hope they learn the ropes and make it into adulthood.

A Manor of giraffe and a Lewa of cats

on Monday, 27 September 2010. Posted in Laikipia, 2010

A Manor of giraffe and a Lewa of cats

Diana, Kevin, Riley and Weston woke early to a tall of giraffe. The look on their faces was priceless as, although expected, they were astounded by the view that met them at breakfast. Giraffes everywhere, small ones and big ones with heads inside windows and heads outside windows, all munching on tasty pre-made pellets fed to them by the hands (and sometimes mouths!) of humans. The unique experience offered by Giraffe Manor in a quiet suburb of a bustling African capital city cannot be equalled.

Loisaba Dik Diks

on Friday, 02 July 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

It never happens how you want it to except for Dik Diks galore

Loisaba Dik Diks

As we landed at Loisaba, the first question I was asked was what animal we were likely to see the most of in the area. Amanda and Seb, who had joined us from Nairobi, smiled wryly as for those of you who know Loisaba, that is not a particularly difficult question to answer, it can only be the Dik Dik. It is tiny, shy, cute and absolutely everywhere. Jake and I decided to call it the ‘scooby snack’ as it can only be classed as peanut size for a predator’s appetite. By the time we had reached the lodge the count was already at 20 and we had only driven for 10 minutes – imagine how many we saw over the next 3 days!

In or out of a car - there is so much to do on safari

on Tuesday, 13 April 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

In or out of a car - there is so much to do on safari

A fantastic low flight across the Laikipia plateau took us next to Loisaba. Rivers and dams that have been dry for 3 years are now full and everything is looking so beautifully green. A quick game drive and a couple of leopard tortoises later we arrived at the lodge. The views defy description and the waterhole below continuously draws a variety of wildlife. A breeding herd of 30 elephant plus one enormous male greeted us on arrival as they drank from the coloured waters.

Rain or shine, nothing beats being on safari!

on Wednesday, 07 April 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

Rain or shine, nothing beats being on safari!

The Allain-Launay family landed in Nairobi to a gloomy morning, but with a quick charter flight through the central highlands and onto Lewa the skies opened up to reveal a stunning wilderness destination. It is always difficult to say when the best time to visit our beautiful country is but even now, in our long rainy season, it has its benefits. The grass is lush, the animals are thriving and the air is refreshingly pure. The onset of the rains bring about a drastic change in every eco-system – the mammals are breeding, the birds are nesting and the insects are pollinating. It is truly a hive of activity in every way.

The bush is so exciting!

on Sunday, 14 February 2010. Posted in Laikipia, Kenya, 2010

The bush is so exciting!

Guest Blogger

We flew in a very small plane to Loisaba. Nicola asked Peter to fly low because she doesn’t like to fly high but I don’t mind because I can listen to Alicia Keys on my Ipod. The flight was a little bumpy but Peter can fly very well. We have seen lots more animals at Loisaba especially dik diks which are very cute little antelopes that hop around the grass in front of my room. I am sharing with my sister and Mum and Dad are next door.

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