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26 March 2012

Steak In The Pool, Masai Mara

The rains have subsided, giving us clear skies for great sunrises and sunsets, including clear night skies for stargazing. The temperatures have dropped – the morning and evenings are cold with temperatures ranging between 18-19ºC.  Daytime temperatures are 27-28ºC. The seasonal crossings along Talek, Olare Orok and Intiakitiak rivers are manageable with 4WD vehicles. The rivers are however drying up faster than usual. The grass is lush and green after the rains. The old golden red oat…

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13 March 2012

Time For Rebirth In The Mara

With the onset of the long rains, temperatures in the Masai Mara Reserve are dropping to a bearable average of 27ºC at day time, and lows of 18ºc in the early mornings. This weather forms spectacular backdrops for early morning and late afternoon photography; cloudy orange at dawn and heavy grey skies in the afternoon.  The birds have started preparing their nest ready for the breeding season. Some trees are starting to flower and attracting a variety of butterflies.   0 0 1 407 2323 Silve…

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12 March 2012

NIght Out With The Genet Cat In Tsavo

There's something special about a night game drive. We started out at  7.15 pm. I had my massive light and beamed it from right to left and back again through the dark night. The guests were standing in the safari cruiser, smiling and eager to see the wild animals. At the air strip there were lots of Impalas. The male was chasing the females, trying to herd them together. We continued and came across two zebras and two buffaloes in the distance. Returning to the lodge after seeing more plains…

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11 March 2012

Wall-to-wall wildebeest

Well, it's all happening in the Serengeti, you'll be pleased to hear.  The rains have returned and with them, the wild-beasties have come flooding back into Ndutu.  Our Nomad guides report that they're everywhere, all over the place, wall-to-wall wildebeest...totally amazing and full, full, full.  Which is just the way we like it frankly. If you want specifics, you'll find herds around Naabi/Ndutu/Triangle/Masek and the plains. They've not yet reached Nduara though but there has been substa…

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09 March 2012

Secret Zambia with Rod Tether

Aspiring explorers will need to be quick to secure a place on a new escorted Zambia expedition with one of the country’s leading guides, Rod Tether. The new guided safari is available on limited departure dates from April to July 2012.  Highlights include seeking out the elusive Sitatunga antelope and Pel's Fishing Owl along with elephant and hippo amongst the rich river floodplains of Kasanka, and tracking down the Shoebill Stork, probably the most sought-after bird in the world, by poling thr…

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07 March 2012

Going Wild At Great Rift Valley Lodge!

0 0 1 148 848 Silver Holdings ltd 7 1 995 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE There’s new game at the Great Rift Valley Lodge. With assistance from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who is the custodian of Kenya’s wildlife, we have introduced six Burchell’s zebras (four females and two males) and 18 impal…

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07 March 2012

Rains In The Masai Mara!

It’s finally the start of the long rains after months of scorching heat.  Daytime temperatures have dropped to 27 0 C while nights are much cooler with temperatures varying between 8 - 190C. The rivers are filling up but only passable with 4WDs. The grass plains have changed to gold-yellow - a sign of aged grass. However it’s still palatable for the grazers. We still have spectacular sun rise but cloudy afternoons followed by rain in the evening. The birds have started preparing their nes…

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01 March 2012

Good gnus come to those who wait...

February has been very dry in the Serengeti, with just a few showers that have not stimulated that much needed green flush in the Ndutu short grass plains.  As a result, the herds have been very dispersed; some heading into the Central Serengeti while others have disappeared into the Hidden Valley and Maswa.  Visitors to the park have often had to drive out all day in search of the action and some have very sadly been disappointed, although that said, the cats around the Ndutu area have …

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