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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
In the Masai Mara, as well as seeing the Big 5, we saw and learnt so much more as we observed the daily rhythm of wild animals in their own environment, with no man-made fences. We obser ved a vigilant mother cheetah, perched on a termite mound surveying the surrounds for any threat of danger to her tiny little fluffy cubs who were climbing all over her, trying to catch her tail and making little birdlike chirping noises, oblivious to the world around them. At the Mara R iver we saw massive crocodiles, their bellies so fat that their legs couldn’t reach the ground – and thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, plodding along in single file, criss-crossing the Mara, eventually making their way down to the river. Yes, we will definitely be back in 2012 – and not just to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya but also to Tanzania to the legendary Ngorongoro Crater. We w ill visit: The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the greatest wildlife destinations of Africa and every wildlife photographer’s dream. Our Safari Camp is located in the heart of the Delta and as well as vehicle game-drives on land, we also explore the crystal clear water ways of the Delta by mokoro and powerboat, observing a magnificent var iety of birdlife and reptile species. Fishing excursions are also included. Back to Africa An insider’s view by Helga Saxarra ‘K WAHERI YA KUONANA’ means ‘Goodbye and come back again’ in Swahili and this was the farewell from our Kenyan friends when we left after our exciting Safari this year. We had so many memorable experiences and wonderful wildlife moments! What a thrill to return off our morning game drive at our Okavango Delta Safari Camp and be told we can’t walk to our tents just yet because there’s a herd of w ild elephant enjoying the vegetation along the camps pathways – on departing, one of bulls had a generous slurp of water from the camp’s sw imming pool! Then, motor-boating along the Delta to see the heron colonies and observe crocs in the water underneath – just waiting for a young bird to fall out of the nest! And our unforgettable silver ser vice dinner under a canopy of brilliant stars in the heart of the Okavango Delta – what an incredible setting and how superb the food! In Kenya and Amboseli, we waited for the clouds to surrender the mighty peak of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain; and experienced a thrilling elephant encounter as herds of them, led by their regal matriarchs, crossed our path, almost surrounding our vehicle. The welcome was war m from the proud and beautiful Masai people and we learned a little about their culture. 58 December 2011 / January 2012
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