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Guest blog post: Ward Safari
Kenya & Tanzania
Sep 18 2015
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 ... [Read More]
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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 ...
Trekking the Mont Blanc Massif - the Alps
As a guide who spends most of his time in Africa it was a pleasure to spend a few days in the Alps exploring the incredibly beautiful Mont Blanc Massif which straddles the French, Italian and Swiss border. Whilst Mont Blanc is the most prominent mountain, the massif is made up of many peaks, glaciers, glacial valleys, lakes, water falls and forests. During winter the towns of Chamonix in France and Courmajuer in Italy are winter, snowy playgrounds for novices and extreme winter sports folk alike. As spring and summer approach and the snows begin to melt the summer play starts; this ...
The Best of the Top End & The Kimberley, Australia
Brad and Pedro are just back from hosting renowned UK journalist, Sophy Roberts, on her first ever Australian adventure. They spent 11 nights exploring Kakadu, East Arnhem Land and the Kimberley region; they hiked up spectacular sandstone gorges, air boated over miles of endless floodplains into crocodile infested paper bark swamps, enjoyed four wheel drive safaris through pandanus groves and termite mound ridden terrain and cruised up river gorges by towering granite escarpments dotted with aboriginal rock art. The journey culminated in a breathtaking helicopter safari into the most beautiful freshwater swimming hole they have ever swum in before the mind-blowing ...
Exploring Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Kirstine Dawson and Pedro O’Connor have recently returned from a travel workshop in Cairns. I was lucky enough to extend and visit the Great Barrier Reef, listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is a destination that has been on my bucketlist since I was a child, so I jumped at the opportunity to explore. The most common exit to the Reef is from Port Douglas. It takes just 2 hours onboard Quicksilver's catamaran to reach their very own private pontoon, which is located on the outer reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf. Guests have the ...
Experiencing the Earthquake in Nepal
I write this as I “wing” my way home. I apologise for not having been in contact for a while. Mobile communications have been sketchy in the Khumbu Valley in the aftermath of the earthquake. It has been a confronting few days as Nepal comes to grips with the magnitude of this disaster.The earthquake itself was quite a surreal experience. It took a few seconds to actually register what was happening. At the time we were just short of the historic village of Tengboche, deep in a river valley. We had just finished lunch at a teahouse. It was only when ...