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Family Adventure and Maasai Experience
Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mnemba Island, Tanzania
Jul 01 2008 Written by: Ian Johnson
Prior to joining Brad in Botswana, I completed a safari to Tanzania with a family of Bostonians. This trip touched on all the icons including Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Selous Game Reserve and the idyllic island of Mnemba off Zanzibar. It provided a wonderful mix of habitats, game and culture. An undoubted highlight, amongst the many, was the Maasai experience in the Natron area. Here we visited a Maasai manyatta way off the beaten track. This experience is a far cry from the normal contrived encounter that the ordinary tourist undertakes. Another obvious highlight was the migration in ... [Read More]
From The Field
Kokoda Trail
I just undertook a crossing of the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. A superb trek into the heartland of New Guinea, the trail holds a very special place in Australian military history. This is where the Japanese drive south was halted in 1942 and the myth of Japanese invincibility obliterated. Covering 96 kilometres of pristine rainforest, the track covers arguably some of the most rugged and wild jungle in the world. It is a demanding endeavour with, in excess of, 10,000 metres of uphill. The group covered the track in quicker than usual time taking five and a half days, ...
Tiger Kill
Ian Johnson and I jut returned from guiding some clients on a short tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. We spent five days on elephant back "hunting" tigers. We were very fortunate to see some extraordinary action including mating tigers on a couple of occasions AND A KILL! Yes, indeed. A tigress killed a spotted deer (chittal) not 15 metres in front of their elephant. For the initiated you will know that this is extremely, extremely rare. What was most striking was the acute sense of hearing of the tiger. She was actually preoccupied at the time hunting a samba (a ...
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