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Canyoneering in Arizona
Arizona, USA
Feb 12 2009 Written by: Kevin Jackson
Brad Horn and I recently completed a canyoneering expedition in the wilds of Arizona. Canyoneering is Epic’s latest offering in the US and this trip was designed as a showcase for a select few high powered Travel Agents. Programmes are customisable and can be tailored to suit any group and duration, ranging from one day to multiple nights. What an experience! We spent our time in a place called Waterhole Canyon, a slot canyon just south of Page. It's one of the last tributaries to Lower Glen Canyon before the Colorado River emerges at Lee's Ferry. Words can’t do justice when describing ... [Read More]
From 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
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 ...
Exceptional Lion Kill Footage
I took this footage on a recent safari in Botswana, showing the battle between a pride of lions and two buffalo. Turn away if you're squeamish, but if you like to see the real life action of the bush, it's worth it!
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
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
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 ...
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