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African Adventures

“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

Taking the Plunge

August 20, 2017: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya. I’m doing my first full day of a six day photographic safari . It’s Migration season here and the big cats are finding their availability of a meal plentiful.

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Meet the Newborn

It was an early morning game drive in Maasai Mara in June 2017. We had a plan to go and find a female leopard and her cub but that plan changed….as they do! There was radio notification of a giraffe giving birth. Luckily we weren’t so far away and the deal was sealed…let’s go and see if we can make it to her in time. I was later told that seeing such an event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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In Search of the Prince of Darkness

For five solid days (Sept 4-8 inclusive) Dedan and I were off on safari. This was not just any safari. It was a personal challenge and a mission. And what a challenge it proved to be! Where were we ? And what were we looking for? We ventured into the Laikipia region of Kenya to look for the very rare and extremely elusive melanistic (black) leopard.

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Soul of Africa

A look at some of the beautiful animals that one can see on a Kenyan safari. The treasures and moments that appear when least you expect.

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The Fight for Survival

It is June 10, 2015 and I’m on a game drive in the Maasai Mara with my guests from New Zealand. We find the four notorious Notch brothers resting or eating next to a hippo which they have killed only hours before we arrive. These boys are famous for killing hippo because they have the strength and numbers to do so. They don’t kill in the same way as if it were a buffalo, for example. With hippo they roll it onto its back and begin eating. Shock will sort the rest.

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Back Home in the Mara

Each time I come to Kenya, which is annually, my first safari will always be into the Maasai Mara. It’s where I spend the most time. After acclimatizing and trying to get into the time zone, I was impatient to get back there and see what was waiting.

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Takedown in Tsavo

It was June 1st 2014 and my driver and I arrived at a waterhole in Tsavo East NP, Kenya. It was around 7.30am and three zebras were drinking. Without warning and within seconds, a lioness shot out from behind a bush and leapt onto the back of one of the zebras.

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Volunteering in Kenya – The Naboisho Project

I had been looking for some time for a volunteer program in Kenya that focused on the Big Cats in particular. I had done a volunteer program in 2010 in South Africa for two weeks and really enjoyed the experience. But my heart is with the cats. I eventually found the Maasai Mara Big Cat Monitoring and Wildlife Conservation Project which comes under the umbrella of African Impact. It is based in the Naboisho Conservancy of the Maasai Mara eco-system. I signed up for six weeks!

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Africa Revisited – Capturing Kenya

Driving away from the Mara after such an inspiring and memorable time here, is not easy. It’s dusty and parched but that’s what makes the Mara what it is in the dry season and easier to find the animals. It’s sad , also, to leave behind the new friends I’ve made at Sarova. But it’s time to start a new adventure.

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Africa Revisited – Marvel of the Mara

My travel arrangements now have been done by Aramati Safaris who are based in Nairobi. John has taken care of everything for me and picks me up from my Nomad drop-off point. He knows I have been travelling already for over two months non-stop and tells the hotel receptionist not to disturb me as I need rest. AAwww…he really does think of everything.

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Africa Revisited – Victoria Falls to Nairobi

The crew have gone and it’s free time to do whatever our individual plans are. I think it’s time I get these braids tidied up a bit so get taken into town to a salon. It’s a bit different to what I’m used to back home but the job gets done and soon I’m back at the lodge. While I’m sitting eating lunch, I recognise one of the drivers from another truck. It’s my guide from 2010!! And he still remembers me.

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