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First Wild Dog In Mara
This morning at 6:30am, as guests were leaving camp for their morning drive, their guide spotted three Wild Dogs passing within 200 meters of the camp, heading north through the Olare Orok Convervancy. Some of you may feel this may not be something that special but to put this in perspective,...
Migration Arrives At Mara
The wildebeest migration has now arrived in the Mara. Guests have seen several hundred wildebeest crossing the Mara River today. Many wildebeest and zebra have also crossed the Sand River while more spilled into the Mara Triangle from the Serengeti across the border in Tanzania. It may...
Reports From Botswana
Kwara: We welcomed the new year with incredible sighting of predators, prey, birds, and of course dramatic sunrises and sunsets. Kwara concession is certainly a wildlife paradise on the 1st day of the 1st month, we found 2 lionesses resting under the shade, escaping the heat, a few metres away...
Elephant At Nuarro
There was an amazing moment at Nuarro, Mozambique last week. An elephant playing, washing and wallowing in the bay in front of the lodge! These photos were taken by their wonderful dive master, Crissy - who expects to see other large grey mammals in the water (whale season by the...
News From The Mara
The wildlife viewing in the Mara has been superb over the past few months. The November short rains have been excellent and probably the best we've had in 15+ years. The conservancies are beautifully green and lush resulting in plenty of food for the herbivores and the plains...
News From Botswana
Kwara As always, Kwara Concession has been teeming with the majestic wonder and intimate sightings which it is so well known for! A lioness was spotted, attempting to imitate one of her closest rivals, the leopard, as she gracefully perched herself atop a Sycamore tree. As the sun began to set,...
How To Help In Pemba
This is an email from one of our friends based in Stone Town: Zanzibar is still in shock, coming to terms with a tragedy that has affected everyone we know in one way or another. The tales of loss that we hear regularly, the scale and scope of the casualties, reaches into every corner of...
News From Botswana
Kwara Concession As we move into the what is traditionally known as the ‘flood season’ , the slowly rising water levels may be the reason that the lions stay close by, allowing us to see them pretty much every day. Lions in the Delta are known to swim across channels, if the...
Carnivore Week Zambia
The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) team is based at Nkwali camp and last month was pleased to accompany guests on activities and share their work with them. With the rainy season waning in late March, the first Carnivore Week, with members from the ZTB accompanying guests out...
Masai Mara April 2011
Once again we experienced dry weather during the first week or so of the month - it just didn't seem to want to rain! There would very often be a big build-up of clouds all along the western and north-western horizon which would raise our hopes, but the first decent, soaking rains only came fairly...
La Residence Opens In Zanzibar
La Residence has opened its doors in Zanzibar. This brand new hotel offering a new type of luxury in Zanzibar is a new destination hotel for those seeking a more luxurious option. La Residence, famed for its luxury hotels in Mauritius and The Maldives, has spared nothing is making...
Looking south at Kilimanjaro from the Kenyan side. This picture was taken in mid-February, after 3 straight days of wet weather hit the area. It’s a pretty unusual sight to see Kilimanjaro with this thick a layer of snow, and also reaching quite low on the flanks. This kind of snow may last...
The Lions of Siwandu in the Selous made it through the year successfully this time, raising the two cubs who are now about one year old. It seams that the old difficult time are over and all in the pride are healthy and successfully hunters. The big young male is still with the pride....which is...
Wild Dog In Selous
As we were expecting at the beginning of the season, this really has been a very interesting one. The wildlife in Selous has been very busy in the last months, offering amazing sightings, events and also surprises. Nature always make changes, that's the beauty of it! A pack of 10 Wild Dogs...
Gorillas In Rwanda
We've just come back from an fantastic trip in Rwanda having seeing the amazing mountain gorillas. December is one of the best months to see Gorillas and we were lucky to spend 2 hours with 2 seperate families during the trip at Volcanoes National Park. The gorillas are highly...
We hope you have a great holiday - whether at home or in Africa. All the best for a prosperous 2011.
One of our favorite partners Africa has been running a photo competition sent it by its customers. This was the winning picture and we agree it's a great shot of a young lion cub.
New Dive Site
Menai Bay, Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar. We have just found a new spectacular dive site, deep though! Lots and lots of different species big fish, amongst them hammerhead sharks, reef sharks and... tiger sharks!...
Mara Migration Report
We have had one of the best migrations seasons ever! Dense concentrations of wildebeest and zebra have covered the plains. The herds have tended to group together at night, spreading out as the day progresses to dot the grassland. Similarly to the end of August hundreds of thousands of animals...
My Kili Diary
JO’S KILI DIARY RONGAI ROUTE UP, MARANGU ROUTE DOWN. Day 1 We arrive at Rongai Gate at 2000m. There appears to be at least 2 other climb groups assembled with a lot of noise and efforts to organise amongst the guides. We pass over our rucksacks and sleeping bags and see them loaded into...
South Luangwa June
Game viewing has been wonderful. There’s a pride of 17 lions around the Mfuwe area at the moment. The carnivore monitoring team tell us they think it’s an offshoot of the huge, 24 strong Mwamba pride. The pride killed three young buffalo in the week and have been providing exciting...
Central Kalahari Wonderful game all round here in the remote Kalahari. On Tau Pan itself we have had the pleasure of regular sightings of a female Cheetah with a sub adult and cub. They have been seen almost daily doing their best to avoid the two resident male Lions that outweigh the slim line...
Botswana Safari Report
Maun Residents in the Maun area have seen an exotic and dangerous array of African wildlife in recent weeks. The large rains in the village have brought out a vast array of venomous snakes including Puff Adders (Lebolobolo), Black Mambas and Mozambique Spitting Cobras (M’Fezi). Staying...
Leopard In Ruaha, Tanzania
The recent sight of a male leopard just outside the Camp raised our ears and made us think more about Mdonya Leopards seen in the area around the camp this last year. Leopard Females sightings are most frequent here. During one of our most gripping experiences with leopards in 2009, Eva Voogd...
Author Lionel Shriver Plugs Fundu
Junket author Lionel Shriver plugs paradise. Author's new novel has glowing references to a resort where she enjoyed a free holiday worth £5,000 on the island of Pemba. For most of us it is a pipe dream in which we drink cocktails on a wooden deck lapped by the waters of the Indian...
Latest Report From Botswana
Despite it being low season and rainy season, there have been some exciting sightings: Kwando & Linyanti Two Male Lions have already been sighted killing a Zebra close to halfway pan early this year and they are heard roaring every night from Lebala Camp. A large...
Did you know that the Nile Crocodile has between 64 and 68 cone shaped teeth, which are constantly being replaced as they get lost or damaged? An individual tooth lasts for about 2 years and a single crocodile might go through over 2000 teeth in its lifetime.
October Migration Report
The weather & the plains: October was a dry, hot and dusty month with the odd splash of rain in the first couple of weeks and a good few days of rain at the end. The plains now look as if a million animals have come through, which of course they have. The migration however has left a large...
Wild Dog In Botswana
A pack of wild dogs have been regularly seen on the Chobe River flood plains, Botswana. Guests were on a sundowner cruise watching a herd of elephants swimming across the river when they saw the wild dogs in hot pursuit of an impala running towards the river. The impala did not hesitate when it...
September Migration Report
This month has seen large concentrations of wildebeest and gazelles mostly in the Musiara area, continuing down the Mara River to Paradise plains and over to look out hill. After some initial indecisiveness and a little rain, large herds of wildebeest have decided to spend considerable amount of...
Latest news the Gorilla families of the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. The weather pattern in the Virunga Range remained very pleasant for most of the month, with morning temperatures between 9 and 14 ° C at 6 a.m. and day temperatures reaching up to 25 °C in the early...
October Report From Okavango Delta
The past couple of months have seen excellent wildlife in Okavango, not only on game activities but also in the camps. The Lala Palms at Shinde are full in bloom and the dates are much sort after by the resident elephant population . These gentle giants visit the camp on regular intervals...
Tafika, The Orphaned Elephant
On 19th August an orphaned baby elephant was taken into care. He had fallen into a pit in a village 40 miles away and was unable to get out. He was all alone, with no sign of any other elephants nearby. A rescue team from the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS), led by Rachel McRobb,...
We've recently been introduced to a troublesome teenager in Nkwali Camp, Zambia – an elephant. This young bull started coming through camp months ago and it was not an issue. Elephants often come through camp. But the key word is “through”. However he has...
Live From Selous
Wow not only did the weather provide dry cool days with lots of cloud cover to reduce the heat but the game has turned it on. There has been the most prolific sightings of Panthera Leo, Lion to the rest of us in great numbers with up to 29 lion stalking areas most loved by our guest. Inevitably a...
We Have Had Puppies
After a lot of waiting and guessing when the Wild dogs puppies at Lagoon would give us their first appearance – it has finally happened. The following pictures were taken on Sunday 19th July, 2009. We are the proud parents to 9 new puppies. Their den is about 20 minutes away from Lagoon camp...