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Uganda - Kidepo National Park

Discovering more of Uganda & photo of White Eared Kob

Written by Rob Barbour on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Uganda - Kidepo National Park
Where northern Uganda borders Southern Sudan, in the land of the infamous Karamojong cattle herders and raiders is a little known piece of paradise called Kidepo National Park. This is an area that is as remote as you can get in Uganda. We found a place that both of us feel we could return to many times due to the incredible vistas, superb general wildlife viewing, and incredible birdlife ( 74 species seen in a day)  some of which are endemic just to that area. All this and just one lodge so you feel as if you have the place to yourself. ...

Leopards Mating in the Mara - Client Images

Masai Mara, Kenya

Written by Brad Horn on Tuesday, 16 October 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Leopards Mating in the Mara - Client Images
To follow on from the last post, Epic client Stella has just sent us some more amazing photographs of her recent safari in Kenya, this time of leopards mating.  Besides this amazing sighting, they had quite the action-packed trip: "... a huge 22 strong pride of lions fanning out for a kill;  a lion cub not yet introduced back into the pride by its mother.  We saw 2 male lions feeding on a poor young giraffe that they had just taken off a lioness; hyenas and vultures fighting over left-overs;  male cheetah trying to mate with a young cheetah mother but ...

Cheetah Hunt - Client Images

Masai Mara, Kenya

Written by Brad Horn on Monday, 15 October 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Cheetah Hunt - Client Images
An Epic client recently wrote to us to express their thanks for a "truly amazing" safari. They spent the bulk of their trip in the Masai Mara and enjoyed action every day. "In one word, it was amazing!! - so many and varied experiences. I started selecting some photos to send to you to capture some special moments, but it was hopeless - I ended up with nearly 100 photos!!! So, for now I have sent you pics of a successful and unsuccessful hunt from 2 different cheetah mothers - one a mother of 2, the other a mother of 4. ...

Moved by Rwanda - Recovery and Optimism

Rwanda

Written by Rob Barbour on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Moved by Rwanda - Recovery and Optimism
Being able to guide first time travellers to Africa is one of those experiences I get immense pleasure from.  I have yet to meet anyone who has not had been profoundly touched and influenced by the experience. Most people make the decision to travel to Africa to see the amazing big game and they are rarely disappointed.  However most people take away a lot more than that and often their most memorable experiences relate to the many amazing people they meet in villages on farms or in the hospitality industry as they move around - the waiters, the chefs who conjeur ...

All Creatures Great and Small

Zambia

Written by Rob Barbour on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

All Creatures Great and Small
Zambia may not be top of most safari-goers list of destinations but the country offers an impressive list of possible adventures, activities and special places that should be considered when considering any trip to Africa. Victoria Falls and the Lower Zambezi (both shared with Zimbabwe) and a wide range of beautiful and remote wildlife areas which arguably may be the home of the original walking safaris. I recently had the pleasure of spending time in Zambia where my clients were able to experience a range of activities from our first base at Livingstone close to the Victoria Falls, then South Luangwa ...

Tanzanian Family Adventure - Biking Through Maasailand

Northern Tanzania

Written by Ake Lindstrom on Wednesday, 01 August 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Tanzanian Family Adventure - Biking Through Maasailand
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 ...

Croc Bides its Time with a Thirsty Herd

Grumeti River, Serengeti, Tanzania

Written by Richard Field on Wednesday, 01 August 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania and Masai Mara, Kenya

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 31 July 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Botswana

Written by Anita Campbell on Wednesday, 18 July 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Zambia

Written by Brad Horn on Tuesday, 17 July 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Northern Tanzania and Kenya

Written by Rob Barbour on Sunday, 08 July 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Southern Tanzania

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 13 March 2012. Posted in News from our guides in 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

Serengeti, Tanzania

Written by Ian Johnson on Thursday, 01 March 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Written by Brad Horn on Tuesday, 28 February 2012. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

New South Wales, Australia

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Thursday, 08 December 2011. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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 ...

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