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Close Call for Legadema
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Oct 20 2008 Written by: Brad Horn, Ian Johnson
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 ... [Read More]
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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 ...
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
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
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
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 ...
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