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Tanzanian Family Adventure - Biking Through Maasailand
Northern Tanzania
Aug 01 2012 Written by: Ake Lindstrom
I have just completed a 10 day family adventure safari in Northern Tanzania with a wonderful Australian family. We successfully combined culture with wildlife and meaningful activities making for a trip as varied and exciting as it comes. For me the highlights were riding through Maasailand and being the ones being stared at rather than the other way around! The great aspect of biking that people perhaps don’t initially expect is the serendipity of the encounters that we have with local people. That was especially true on this trip. The other reason I am always glad to be a part of ... [Read More]
From The Field
OUR GUIDES AND TRAVELLERS REPORT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Croc Bides its Time with a Thirsty Herd
It was late June and we had judged that the bulk of the wildebeest migration should be around the Grumeti River in the western Serengeti. Flying in we soon saw that we had timed it to perfection, with herds of thousands upon thousands of wildebeest covering the plains both north and south of the river. Once on the ground and in our safari vehicle, we found what looked to be a good drinking spot. There were a few wildebeest drinking already, and within minutes an enormous herd started moving down, with thousands of anxious wildebeests eager to quench their thirst. They ...
Leopard Cubs, Rhinos and Owls
I have just returned from guiding a lovely family through the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The below snaps are a mere gesture to the variety and amount of game we encountered. The leopard cub and its sibling were being chased by a male lion and sought refuge in a tree. Both survived. Also below is a Scops owl taking a snooze at Olivers Camp, Tarangire. The cheetah chase picture was actually taken by 10 year old Ella Lewis with my Nikon camera and 300mm lense while I was giving some basic photography lessons. ...
Anita's Okavango Experience
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Okavango Delta for the first time. Hailing from Kenya, and being a specialist on all things East African, I was excited to see for myself what makes the Delta unique. On arrival in Maun, we took a 20 mins flight by light aircraft into the Delta – spectacular views! I landed on Jao island and was met by the manager of Kwetsani Camp, we jumped on a boat and 20 mins later through the reeds and beautiful water lilies we arrived at the jetty. As we got to the jetty we received a ...
Leopards and Hyena Battle It Out
I have just returned from a safari to Zambia with a wonderful family from the US. This is their fifth trip with Epic and fourth safari with us to Africa. We centred this trip on Zambia's two iconic national parks; the Lower Zambezi and the South Luangwa National Parks. This made for wonderful variety and with great diversity of habitats, game and experiences. . One of the focuses of this trip was walking and we enjoyed some monumental days. Paralleling the Luangwa River over a couple of days was very memorable. Lots and lots of hippos. On one occasion we came ...
A Multi-Generational Family Safari
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 ...
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 ...