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Groote Eylandt - A Fisherman's Paradise

Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, Australia

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Tuesday, 10 February 2009. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Groote Eylandt - A Fisherman's Paradise
The warm tropical waters that brew cyclones at the start of the monsoon season in far northern Australia make for hot fishing action. Pedro spent a few days recently at Escape Sportfishing and Wilderness Lodge on remote Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. He came home smiling after catching some prize fish. The eco-friendly, tented safari camp comprises 12 twin share tents each with en suite, air conditioning and feather-soft beds that ensure you sleep well after a long day hauling in fish. The fishing philosophy is one of catch and release, but invariably a sample reaches the dinner table. The ...

In Search of the Elusive Snow Leopard

Himalayan Mountains, India

Written by Ian Johnson on Tuesday, 03 February 2009. Posted in News from our guides in the field

In Search of the Elusive Snow Leopard
The elusive snow leopard, an animal I have always dreamed of trying to find! In December I flew to the Jammu Kashmir Province of India; this is the extreme northern part of the country bordered by Tibet, China and Pakistan. A friend, Dr Raghu Chundawat, who is the former director of the Snow Leopard Trust, had invited me to visit. He is the world’s leading authority on snow leopards in this remote part of the world, having studied them for nearly ten years. An hour’s flight from New Delhi took us to Ladakh in Leh, easily accessible by all major airlines. We ...

Close Call for Legadema

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Written by Brad Horn, Ian Johnson on Monday, 20 October 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Close Call for Legadema
I recently returned from guiding a former US Ambassador and their friends on a safari to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. The trip started in Cape Town and ended at Singita, with stops at Victoria Falls and Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The game-viewing was spectacular. Undoubted highlights were the West Pride at Mombo killing a buffalo and a couple of encounters with the legendary Nat Geo leopard, Legadema and her cubs. On one occasion Legadema and her cubs had a close call with a troop of baboons. She and the cubs took refuge in some dense bush ...

Fantastic New Camp in Tanzania

Ruaha, Tanzania

Written by Brad Horn on Thursday, 25 September 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Fantastic New Camp in Tanzania
I have just returned from safari in Tanzania and Kenya. At the end of my travels I visited a fantastic new camp in Ruaha National Park which is due to open in the very near future. For those that don’t know, Ruaha is one of the jewels of East Africa. Located in the south of Tanzania, Ruaha is as far off the beaten track as it gets and superlatively wild. Indeed in my view it is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Ruaha is a unique transition zone where East and Southern Africa species of fauna and flora meet against ...

Pregnant Cheetah Kill

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 09 September 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Pregnant Cheetah Kill
Following my trip to the Ruaha, I made my way to Kenya and Tanzania with a New York family. We travelled to the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Sasakwa Lodge Grumeti Reserves in the northern Serengeti, and then went on to Mnemba Island on Zanzibar. In the Mara we witnessed the wilderbeest migration by hot air balloon, as it started to head south into Tanzania to follow the rains. We also had an excellent sighting of a female white rhino and her calf. One of the highlights of the trip, for both me and my clients, was being patient enough to wait and ...

Best Lion Sighting

Ruaha, Tanzania

Written by Rob Barbour on Monday, 08 September 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Best Lion Sighting
I have just returned from four days in the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania – staying in the new Kigelia Camp. I had some fantastic game sightings, particularly in the early mornings. As the park becomes drier animals are moving towards the Greater Ruaha River in numbers.  Mys group saw herds of 20 elephant on a regular basis, lovely greater and lesser kudu, buffalo, plenty of plains game and fantastic lion sightings too. On one early morning game drive we came across six young lions drinking at the confluence of the Mwagusi Sand River and the Greater Ruaha. After watching them ...

Remote Kimberley Region

Kimberley region, Northwest Australia

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Monday, 11 August 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Remote Kimberley Region
I have just returned awe struck after 11 days in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Kimberley is the size of California and has a population of only 38,000 people with one sealed road that traverses this expansive wilderness area. Out there everything is BIG – the distances, the endless night skies, the massive Boab trees, the ancient granite gorges, the prehistoric crocodiles and best of all the fair dinkum Outback personalities. The extreme nature of the climate and countryside has honed characters as tough as an Argyle Diamond. Fortunately these folks have opened their doors to discerning travellers ...

Botswana Safari

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Written by Ian Johnson on Tuesday, 01 July 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Botswana Safari
I have just completed a fantastic safari guiding an extended family of clients to Vumbura Plains and Mombo Camps in the Okavango Delta (Botswana). These are two of THE most sought after camps in Africa; the game-viewing is second to none and the camps themselves the epitomy of luxury in the wilderness. On top of that the camps are located in private concessions enabling an exclusive experience. A vast array of game was encountered, ranging from lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hippo, giraffe and a host of other plainsgame species. In all we saw in excess of 60 different lions throughout ...

Family Adventure and Maasai Experience

Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mnemba Island, Tanzania

Written by Ian Johnson on Tuesday, 01 July 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Family Adventure and Maasai Experience
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 ...

Kokoda Trail

Papua New Guinea

Written by Brad Horn on Tuesday, 01 April 2008. Posted in News from our guides in 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

Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Written by Brad Horn on Sunday, 30 March 2008. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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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