Kenya: Mr President, It’s Going to Take More Than Speeches to Save Elephants

This is a terrific article from Paula that perfectly illustrates the frustrations felt by all those working to stop the poaching of Afrca’s wildlife. Environmentalist PAULA KAHUMBU narrates her experiences when she attended the hearing of two ivory cases in Makadara court, Nairobi, on April 19 Paula Kahumbu is the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect, a conservation organisation that is campaigning[…]

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The Beauty of Birds

There are two key factors that make the difference between a good game drive and a great one, or, equally importantly, a good game drive and a poor one. The first is obvious – it’s the animals. Without animals it’s just a drive. The second is the guide. If the animals are there, flaunting themselves in front of your lens[…]

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That Special Moment

Not every game drive can be blessed with the sight of lions bringing down a buffalo, the plains of the Maasai Mara won’t always be teeming with wildebeest and every tree does not hide a sleeping leopard. But that doesn’t mean that every game drive cannot be rewarding. For me, the goal is to ensure that every game drive is[…]

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Crocodile in the kitchen

With the rainy season well under way many parts of Kenya are suffering from localised flooding which is causing the usual (annual) disruption to travel plans. Amboseli, surprisingly, is not yet one of them. A few showers have covered the dry lake bed with a carpet of bright green and, in anticipation of heavier rains to come, many animals have[…]

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Tanzania – Land of Wonders

It has often been said that Tanzania has more than its fair share of natural marvels; from abundance of wild animals to natural landscapes. This was proven recently when Tanzania bagged 3 of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Ngorongoro Crater  are also among several world natural heritage sites of global importance. The Seven[…]

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Is a legal trade the best way to curb poaching?

In the face of rampant rhino poaching in South Africa, some conservationists and private rhino farmers are lobbying for removal of the international ban on rhino horn trading and the creation of a legal market, to quell poaching. They believe the trade ban is creating a situation where rhinos are being killed unnecessarily. It’s taking resources away from other conservation[…]

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Gorilla numbers up – Tourist numbers down

Despite fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the population of mountain gorillas continues to grow in the Greater Virunga region. A new census shows the number of mountain gorillas in the Greater Virunga region has risen from 380 in 2003 to a current total of 880. The mountain gorillas in Mugahinga and Bwindi national parks in Uganda, the[…]

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Migration Seeker .. Weekly Departures

We’re excited to announce that our Migration Seeker safari now departs weekly and is guaranteed to run with a minimum of two people booked. Our itinerary follows a circular route that takes us from Kenya into Tanzania and then back into Kenya incorporating some of East Africa’s most famous game parks; Amboseli, Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Maasai Mara and Lake[…]

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Nairobi National Park has its own migration

Last week, thousands of gazelle, zebra and wildebeest left Nairobi National Park and crossed the flooded Kitengela River to reach the Kitengela Plains following the onset of rains in Kajiado. According to local residents this is an annual occurrence. Apparently, with the onset of heavy rains, and the promise of grazing available elsewhere, the gazelles, zebra and wildebeest are keen[…]

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