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29 August 2011

Serengeti Migration Update - 24th August 2011

Spectacular thunderstorms over the past 14 days have changed the Lamai Wedge and most of the northern Serengeti into solid green pastures. Unusual for the time of year, the rainfall and lightning has been so bountiful that it hasn’t gone unnoticed to the wildebeests that are close to the area.   Attracted by the promise of green grass the herds residing in the Masai Mara are now returning by the thousands. Adding more to their already vast numbers, they cross the Mara River in dramatic …

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29 August 2011

Serengeti Migration Update - 17th August

Word on the Migration..from Nomad guide Rowland... who has just stopped by after being out on safari at Serengeti Safari Camp with his guests. "We were up by the Mara River, watching the crossings, Kogatende area...but I'm not telling you exactly where as it's a secret, as I can still take my guests there and not see any other cars!!!!" Your secret is totally safe with me, I assured him. "We saw about 300 wildebeest crossing, and I'm not exaggerating but at least 100 perished. Honestly. Ther…

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16 August 2011

African style "tweets" and other August snippets

A laughing dove, our latest fan, dropped into the Victoria Falls office to take the term "landing page" to another level...or perhaps he was just figuring out how to "tweet".  Follow the story on Facebook.   There's even more fun to be had - how Ridgebacks deal with the cold; the "lions" miss all their tackles... Migration updates in Tanzania, Kenya and Kasanka (Zambia) A "Gooney Bird" over Kenya: One of the world's best known aircraft, an iconic DC3 registered as "5Y WOW" and named "Furahah" …

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15 August 2011

You're invited to the BirdFair, 19 to 21 August at Rutland

      An invitation to the BirdFair     Hi everyone, not long before BirdFair...  ...we're looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces, Friday to Sunday 19 to 21 August Join us in Marquee 1, stands 59 and 60 Get updated on some African news ... from East Africa (the migration is now well and truly on the move), southern Africa (where we've just had snow in Namibia!; the 3rd year of flooding in the Okavango and both the upper and lower Zambezi) and from c…

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11 August 2011

Serengeti Migration Update - 10th August 2011

Chediel reports seeing loads of big wildebeest herds around the Nyamalumbwa area as well as frequent rhino sightings. But his most exciting report: "On arrival in Lobo on the way to Serengeti Safari Camp, we saw a Martial eagle flying really low. I stopped the car to watch, one of my guests was a keen birder, and then to our total suprise it went after and killed a young Thomson's Gazelle. I have never seen this before! It struggled to drag the kill away, but it wouldn't let go".

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04 August 2011

Bird heaven

In preparation for the Birdfair at Rutland later this month (19-21 August), the team have been all a twitter with ideas for some of the best birding trips in Africa. We're particularly excited about a new itinerary featuring Madagascar's 'Vanga Triangle', taking in the country's three chief climatic zones.   We've also revised perennial favourites such as the Lower Zambezi, great for summer migrants as well as resident Pel's owls, and Zambia's Luangwa in the green season. Not to mention two exc…

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