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A Solo Safari Through Southern Africa
Botswana - Zimbabwe - Zambia
Sep 01 2014
Epic client Liz is just back from her first trip to Africa. Liz's solo safari included horseback riding through the Okavango Delta in Botswana, white water rafting down the Zambezi and a heli flight over Victoria Falls. Thank you Liz for sharing your fantastic journey! I have recently returned home to Australia from the most incredible and extraordinary adventure in Africa. Words are barely sufficient to describe the emotions that I feel about the amazing experience I have been lucky enough to enjoy. Lots of initial researching and internet googling started me on my quest, but it wasn’t until I hand-balled it ... [Read More]
From The Field
OUR GUIDES AND TRAVELLERS REPORT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Epic Heads to the Whitsundays
Reported by Kait Daly, Digital Marketing Manager, Epic Private Journeys Beaches are my thing. I grew up in a beach town in New Jersey and when I was a kid I was fortunate enough to travel to several Caribbean islands with my family. I have travelled pretty extensively the past few years (a perk of my previous job) to several incredible beaches from Central America to the French West Indies, but never Australia. I picked up and moved to Brisbane five months ago with many goals and dreams, one of course being to visit the Great Barrier Reef. You can imagine my ...
Lion Cubs and Cheetah Sightings
Rob Barbour’s wife Jackie and their children are in the Southern Serengeti at the moment. Jackie reports from Ndutu: This morning my daugter, Sarah and I went out on an early-morning game drive. We took our breakfast boxes and headed for the marsh to see what would come down to drink. Thankfully we have been given the use of a safari vehicle from Ndutu Lodge and we are very grateful for the opportunity to go out and spot some game. The sun was just rising when we set off and when we arrived at the marsh all was very still and quiet. ...
Wild Dog Pups in the Southern Serengeti
This week I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of six, 1 month old wild dogs. We spotted the pups in a pack of 12 adult dogs at a den not far from Ndutu. The Alpha female is the mother but the rest of the pack takes responsibility for feeding the puppies. The adults hunt and feed the pups their regurgitated meat to help the pups mature. It was a great day as we came across a male cheetah on the way home who unsuccessfully attempted to hunt some Grant’s Gazelle. More updates to come soon!
Elephants cool off at Ndutu
It was a hot, dry day at Ndutu as the wind whipped up a swirling cloud of soda ash from the dry pans. Clearly the family herd of elephants were thirsty as they made their way purposely towards the sweet, fresh water of the Big Marsh. Their pace gathered in anticipation but they had to be conscious of the slower pace of their newest member - a calf less than a year old who was doing its best to stay with its mother. As they reached the water, the excited growls and rumbles could be heard amongst the splashes as the elephants ...
Africa is not always about the wildlife
Africa is not always about the wildlife. Last week I was at Kisampa Camp on the edge of the Saadani National Park. This is the village wildlife conservancy I founded in the village of Matipwili. I was hosting a school group of thirty 15 and 16 year olds and their teachers from Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) in Perth, Western Australia. Scotch and PLC have been coming to Tanzania on their “Young Ambassador” trips and visiting Kisampa and Matipwili over the last 10 years and have developed a special relationship with the community and the school children there. On this trip, the ...
Safari in the Southern Serengeti
Over the next three weeks I will have the pleasure of assistant-managing Ndutu Safari Lodge in the Ndutu Area of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. I will be spending some quality time in the bush with my family, as well as exploring some of the unique offerings in this part of Africa. Ndutu is very busy from a tourism perspective December through to April when the wildebeest herds congregate to give birth after the long rains have turned the volcanic dust into vast, short grass plains. As a result, there is a massive congregation of predators – lion, cheetah, wild dog and hyena – that take ...