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The Undiscovered Island of Flores
Feb 02 2017 Written by: Pedro O'Connor Photography: Pedro O'Connor
Flores in Indonesia is one of the original Spice Islands with a long tribal and colonial history. In the 15th century Bugis seafarers from Southern Sulawesi came to Flores for trading and slave raiding, and took control of some of the coastal areas that resemble pirate ports. The Portuguese reached the island in the early 16th century and named it ‘Cabo das Flores’, which means ‘Cape of Flowers’. The island became a strategic point for the economic activities of Portuguese traders. Flores produces huge quantities of cocoa, coffee, candlenuts, cloves, cinnamon, bananas and tropical fruits. [Read More]
From The Field
Ultimate Australia in 28 Days
Pedro recently privately guided a Texan couple on a 28 day ultimate Australia journey. Travelling the length and breadth of the country by private jet, they were blessed with mainly good weather, ranging from 45 degrees in The Kimberley (central Western Australia) to snow in Hobart (Tasmania) in the south...
Climbing Kilimanjaro – 5 things you should know (from a novice climber)
Having lived and loved Africa as long as I have, Mt Kilimanjaro was always something I wanted to do, and this year the dream became a reality.
As a ‘novice’ climber I was concerned about how my body would adjust to the altitude. I was also concerned that I hadn’t put enough time and effort into my pre-climb fitness regime...
Observing an African Wild Dog Pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This past week I spent several hours observing an African Wild Dog pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (outside of the Crater), on the short grass plains near Ndutu. There were 8 adults and 5 pups in the pack. The alpha female usually births the pups; after they are born the rest of the adults are tasked to look after them. Interestingly this group had three older and two younger pups, suggesting that there are two mothers which is unusual as it can impact the survival of the pups. We were fortunate enough to spot the dogs hunting and devouring a large ...
Guest blog post: Ward Safari
Our amazing safari started in Kenya. After a short flight from Wilson airport in Nairobi, we landed at the Ol Kiombo airstrip in the Masaai Mara. The game viewing started as soon as we stepped off the light aircraft with a herd of giraffes grazing along side the airstrip. Our guides from the Rekero camp were there to meet us and give us a taste of what was yet to come on the drive to our digs. The camp is beautifully located on the banks of the Talek River, home to countless hippos and a few crocs! After orientation to the camp and ...
Following the Migration
I have just returned from a migration focussed safari in the north of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It was a great trip and delivered well and truly on the aim. We witnessed incredible migration scenes including a couple of iconic crossings of the Mara River. We also saw a multitude of other species in addition to wildlife including great elephant, lion and cheetah. Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite. A highlights video clip will follow ASAP.
A Typical Day on Safari in the Northern Serengeti
It's my favorite time of day in the bush. Just before dawn and the morning birdsong is about to begin. A slight glow in the eastern sky signals the beginning of a new day. Today my clients and I will start with a balloon safari in the private Grumeti Reserves Concession on the western edge of the Serengeti National Park. The familiar smell of freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee wisps up from the campfire, offering an essential kick-start as the camp begins to wake. We rug up against the chill of the crisp morning air and head off down the road in our ...