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A Multi-Generational Family Safari
Northern Tanzania and Kenya
Jul 08 2012 Written by: Rob Barbour
I have just come back from a safari in Northern Tanzania and Kenya with an American family that spanned three generations. With ages ranging from 10 to 80 years old, this safari provided an all important opportunity for our clients to spend precious time as a family, far away from the influence of technology. These multi-generational family safaris are a pleasure to guide and great fun for the families involved. Usually arranged by the patriarch or matriarch, this kind of vacation can bring families together who live many miles apart. Why not meet up in Africa? The challenge is to design ... [Read More]
From The Field
Selous in February
Spending 3 days in the Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania is always a pleasure but no more so than in February after the short "mango ripening" rains have stopped and before the towering Cumulo Nimbus clouds that signify the coming of the torrential thunderstorms of the long rains. The rivers and lakes have ample water and the short green grass and foliage of the predominantly miombo/ acacia/ terminalia wood land supports an abundance of birdlife and mammals. It was a particular pleasure to stay at arguably one of East Africa's best lodges, Beho Beho, with some clients from Muscat ...
Best Safari in 25 Years
My recent clients are fanatical wildlife photographers!! This would be there 3rd safari with me - I had planned to concentrate the safari around the southern Serengeti to maximize the opportunity of seeing the great wildebeest migration and the plethora of predators who are always close by! Due to the late rains we only managed to see the migration for the first 2 days of a 14 day safari. This proved to be no problem! As my dreams of a young boy of ten when I first saw a photo of wild dogs hunting on the Ndutu serengeti plains were to ...
Botswana Odyssey - 2 tents available - 16-24 Sept 2012
Just a quick note to update you on Brad's Botswana Odyssey safari in September. We have just two tents left, so four more people can still join us. Brad will be guiding this safari and would love to have you along. For a better idea as to what to expect, please take a look at our Botswana Odyssey video taken at a similar time last year. More information:The Okavango Delta is a place without peer. Aptly described as a "sea of land, land of water" it is without a doubt one of the last great wilderness areas in Africa. It is breathtakingly ...
Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa - Activities
Marg and I also recently had the opportunity to explore Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, and would like to share our thoughts. The resort is a 3 hour drive from Sydney through stunning sandstone escarpment and large eucalypt country. The ultimate access is by helicopter via the Blue Mountains National Park with scenic views of The Three Sisters enroute. The resort is situated on 4,000 acres and is a haven for those seeking an authentic, rural Aussie experience without compromising on any luxuries. The abundance of wallabies, kangaroos, wombats and birdlife is outstanding. Whether in a vehicle, on bicycle, horseback or on ...
Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa - Wildlife
To be honest I wasn’t expecting a 10 am wildlife drive through the Wolgan Valley to be too productive. There are an abundance of kangaroos and wallabies in the valley (including four albino wallaroos), but the sightings are always best in the early morning and late afternoon. I was just hoping to get an idea of the lay of the land for future excursions, and certainly not expecting to do any serious wildlife photography.However this all changed when we reached Naglow Knoll – a small well vegetated hillock with a fantastic view of the incredible Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, ...
Zambezi Trek and Paddle - Sept 2011
I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some footage of a "trek and paddle" safari I guided last month. This trip involved a couple of nights acclimatising in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe before flying into Mana Pools National Park in the Zambezi Valley. We proceeded to walk across Mana over three and a bit days covering a total of around eighty kilometres. We then had a two night "spell" and the beautiful Ruckomechi Camp before paddling back down the river over two days to the start point. There are few safaris that come close to this ...