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Supporting Conservation Efforts with Tourism


More and more travelers want to hear about the conservation and protection of East Africa’s wildlife. Specialist groups are always interested in meeting the local researchers in addition to the daily game drives. Several Serengeti and Maasai Mara camps offer participation to hear about the conservation projects and their pursuit of protecting the wilderness.

 



1. Serengeti Cheetah Project – Namiri Plains

Participate on an ongoing research and share an informative evening with one of the Serengeti cheetah project researchers. Participating guests are encouraged to take as many photos as they can of any cheetah spotted while on game drives. Upon return to camp, meet up with the researcher, where he/she will try and identify the photographed cheetah and explain the work that the project does and why it’s important to cheetah conservation. Continue the conversation over dinner where the challenges faced by all carnivores in the area are discussed.
 

 


 

 

2. Ngorongoro Lion Project – Highlands Camp
During your full day game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater, you will meet with Ingela Jansson, project researcher, for a picnic lunch on the crater floor and learn about the ‘soap opera’ of lion relationships in the area. Learn about the future project of having the lions move freely between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

 


 

Learn about carnivore conservation and identification with the experts.
Go on an afternoon game drive with the project researcher and learn how lions are identified from their whisker patterns. Once back at camp, guests will enjoy a delicious dinner with the researcher where a discussion will be conducted about the challenges faced by all carnivores in the area.
 

 


 

Based in the conservancy is the Mara Cheetah Project following the likes of Imani, Nabiki, Nolari and Malaika.

 

Also follow Naboisho”s Elephants. Debuting in the US on April 24 on Nat Geo Wild, the Emmy-awarding filmmakers' latest documentary, “Little Giant” reveals the trips and tumbles of one sweet baby pachyderm’s Little E’s first year as it explores the 55,000 acre Naboisho Conservancy, adjacent to Masai Mara Game Reserve. Naboisho Camp was the launching point.
 
Follow the Topi Plains (Lipstick, the Breakaways (Scarface and Mornani) and Marsh Pride (Charm).  Many of the Governor's Camp guides contribute to the daily posts.
 

 

 



Top 10 African wildlife photography tips from Asilia Camps


If there’s one thing that makes a safari unsurpassed, it is the ability to capture amazing scenes and portraits of the rich wildlife. Unfortunately, for the average vacationer, professional wildlife photography is not a natural gift, and our wildlife snaps can resemble photos taken in a rush – all thumbs, shadows and harsh light.


To help you get the most out of your safari, and make sure that the moments you capture stand the test and can be proudly displayed on your mantelpiece at home, we’ve gathered the best African wildlife photography tips from our resident experts. Here’s what they have to say:


#1: Get out early and stay out late
#2: The lower the better
#3: Put your subject on the side and leave the center to a detail
#4: Look for the eye
#5: Action! Choose the correct shutter speed
#6: Be prepared for the perfect moment 
#7: Look for frames with the frame
#8 How to capture moving subjects
#9: Panning a shot
#10: Work with the environment

 

#1: Get out early and stay out late

 

– Roelof Schutte, Naboisho Camp Manager and Walking Guide

 

Get out early and stay out late! It’s all about the early morning and late afternoon light – the so called ‘’golden hour’’!

 

 

About this shot

 

Herd of wildebeest on the move at sunset – Taken in Mara Naboisho Conservancy. This image was taken very late, long after sunset and I had to wait for the still standing wildebeest to maybe run: And that they did, with dust flying up from their hooves … You have to be patient and stay out late! The herd is moving out of the darkness into the light with a dark sky looming and a treacherous night awaiting them with lions on the prowl.

 

About Roelof

 

Roelof is an expert walking guide with over 9 years of experience. His career has been an outstanding, exhilarating journey taking him from the Zambezi Valley in Zambia and the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, all the way to the windswept volcanic plains of Kenya’s world renowned Masai Mara at Asilia Africa’s Naboisho Camp.

 

Follow Roelof

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/roelofschutte/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rjsinthebush

 

#2: The lower the better

 

– Pietro Luraschi, Asilia Tanzania Head Guide & Head Guide Trainer

 

When taking pictures of wildlife it is important to be as close to the ground as possible. An eye to eye angle will give the image a much more dramatic impact and will give the right perspective, helping to show the dimension of the animal. The other big advantage of shooting at a lower angle is that the background of the picture will be what is behind the animal and not what is below, and whatever you are taking a picture of will stand out much more.

 


 

About this shot

 

I tried to find this leopard for an entire afternoon, I could hear the bush hyraxes alarming but he would not come out. We waited and waited. Finally he came out, walking slowly on an elephant path. After positioning my car as best as I could, I got as low as possible (not having the door helps) and took this and other pictures until the leopard moved away, just before my entire body started cramping from the uncomfortable position! Regardless, little cramps are not a big price for a good picture.

 

About Pietro

 

Pietro’s passion for wildlife and people brought him to Africa and after 13 years of guiding this same passion still fuels his every step. He started as a resident guide and then moved into private guiding, exploring remote wilderness and untamed places.


Training and walking are his true love and even after many years of walking he is still enchanted by the feeling one gets following an elephant path. A trainer for years, he is still moved by the feeling of helping young people to fulfil their dreams. His role as the Head Guide at Asilia Africa brings all of these elements together.

 

Follow Pietro

 

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Facebook: Pietro Luraschi


#3: Put your subject on the side and leave the centre to a detail

 

– Lorenzo Rossi, Head Guide and walking guide at Kwihala camp

 

When you try to take a picture of something that looks perfect to your naked eye, but boring on camera, try to rethink and recompose the photo. Focus on a small detail and put it in the centre of the photo and leave the main subject on the side, preferably choosing it in a way the subject is facing the detail. By doing this, you will give “space” to your main subject which in turn will enhance the importance of the detail. Using the same subject but different composition will change your photography.

 

 

About this shot

 

I find it very difficult to take interesting photos when lions are feasting on a big kill, as everything looks too confusing. The “wakali” pride killed a giraffe in the night and we had been with them the whole day waiting for the perfect late afternoon light. This lioness was popping up from the other side of the giraffe carcass when I was trying to take a pic of another beautiful lioness, then the big paw of another one came up from nowhere…I simply recomposed the shot and that’s it.

 

About Lorenzo

 

Born in Italy in 1984, Lorenzo speaks Italian, English and Kiswahili. After graduating in engineering in Milan he decided to visit Tanzania and enjoy his passion for nature. He is a qualified Level 3 and First Rifle Trails Guide FGASA. He has been working at Kwihala in Ruaha since 2011.

 

#4: Look for the eye

 

– Tony Reumerman, Group Training Manager at Asilia Africa

 

Portrait photos are often one of our top shots as wildlife photographers and when an opportunity arises we make sure that we ‘Look for the Eye’. The eye of an animal is the ‘key to the soul’; the eye depicts the mood, the focus and the intent. For this reason it is vital that the eye of your subject is sharply in focus.

 

Key tips:

 

- Look at the animal, look at what it is doing and look for the eye.

- Take control of your camera’s autofocus and make sure that you focus on the eye; not the nose

   or the ear or the cheek.

- Ensure that your camera is on ‘one-shot’ autofocus mode for portraits and not on ‘AI servo’ mode

   as it can create focussing chaos.

- Look at the animal and understand what it’s looking at! This will enhance your image.

- If the animal is looking in a certain direction, don’t cut out the space that it’s looking into. Space has

   a lot meaning and if included, will enhance the photo and the story.

- Look for a glint in the eye, this makes for a way better shot than a dark or dull eye – the glint creates

   life!

 

 

About this shot

 

If you look at this lion portrait notice how the nose and ears are out of focus yet the right eye is the focus of the portrait, also notice the glint in the eye. Good luck!

 

About Tony

 

Tony is a well-seasoned guide, naturalist and photographer. He has spent over 20 years guiding and photographing in the African bush and savannahs of South Africa, Botswana and East Africa.

 

Presently he heads up the Asilia Training Team as well as conducting private photographic safaris. Tony’s book on the Okavango Delta is available on Okavango Field Guide


#5: Action! Choose the correct shutter speed

 

– Andrew Conway – Guest Experience Manager, Encounter Mara

 

When trying to capture wildlife in action, choosing the correct shutter speed is key! If the shutter speed is not high enough, the image will come out blurry and you have missed your perfect shot. Shutter speed will also affect the clarity and sharpness of your photo. Play around at home with your pet or passing cars to figure out the right shutter speed for moving subjects.

 

 

About the Shot

 

I took this photo with a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second, ISO 1600, 100mm, f/14.

 

About Andrew

 

For Andrew, the African bush is where he feels most alive, most content, most happy, and most fulfilled. Born and bred in Kenya, Africa is his addiction, and his passion is sharing glimpses of his home with his guests. He has trained in South Africa with FGASA, Tanzania with Asilia, and KPSGA in Kenya. He is currently based at Encounter Mara, where he is part of the management and guiding team.

 

Follow Andrew

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conwaysafrica
Instagram: https://instagram.com/conwaysafrica/


#6: Be prepared for the perfect moment

 

– Edward Selfe, Specialist Photographic Guide

 

As wildlife photographers, we often sit and wait for that perfect moment, sometimes inviting ridicule from traditional safari-goers who have long since moved on! Be sure to use that waiting time to best effect: take a shot of the scene and see how it looks on your camera’s screen. It doesn’t matter that the image is not the one you really want (it’s free to take a photo anyway!) and it will allow you to adjust your exposure settings so that the shot is exactly how you want it when the action happens – a few minutes spent ‘practicing’ always pays off.

 

 

About this shot

 

I waited for over two hours for this leopard to descend the branches and start his evening of hunting. Hoping that he would pause for a while on this comfortable horizontal branch, I positioned my vehicle and waited. While I waited, I took repeated shots of the dark Ebony branch (without the leopard!), adjusting the exposure to compensate for the very dark bark and background. I’m glad I did because this image required heavy under exposure to ensure the leopard subject was not too bright.

 

About Edward

 

Edward Selfe holds both Luangwa’s coveted guiding licenses. During 6 years of leading safaris he has taken many photographers into the bush, assisting keen amateurs develop their skills and helping professionals create award-winning photographs. Ed’s guiding style is one of ‘exploring with his guests’ and he loves discovering new areas, trying new techniques and reading the signs of the bush. As a highly skilled naturalist, he is interested in wildlife and photography and is the ideal guide for anyone with a passion for both.

 

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#7: Look for frames with the frame

 

– Graham Springer, photographic artist and documentary cameraman

 

Using environmental elements to frame your subject can add an interesting compositional aspect to an image. This can serve to place the subject in the context of the environment in a creative way and can give a slightly more detached, voyeuristic feel to your image.


Sharp focus is not negotiable.

 

 

 

Images copyright of Graham Springer

 

About Graham

 

A photographic artist and documentary cameraman focusing primarily on the wild places and creatures of Africa, Graham has spent most of the last decade in the wilderness of northern Botswana working hard at creating a portfolio of images that represent the ineffable spirit of that remarkable place.

 

Follow Graham

 

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#8 How to capture moving subjects

 

– Greg du Toit, African Wildlife Photographer and Nikon Ambassador

 

If your subject is moving, it is critical to change your autofocus setting from ‘AF-S’ to ‘AF-C’ for Nikon, or from ‘One Shot’ to ‘Servo’ for Canon. Other camera manufacturers will have the same setting to change, but each will have slightly different terminology, so check your manual.


Keeping your moving subject in your viewfinder, pan with it while trying to keep the centre focus selector on its head. For as long as you have the finger depressing the shutter button halfway, your camera’s focus will track and even predict your subject’s movement. Every few seconds, it is important to remove your finger completely from the shutter button and to refocus your subject.

 

 

About Greg

 

Greg du Toit was the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. South African born and bred, he has lived and worked in four different African countries. Greg has written various books on wildlife photography, all which can be bought on his website


Autographed copies of his work are available at www.gregdutoit.com


#9: Panning a shot

 

– Paul Joynson-Hicks, Wildlife Photographer

 

My personal favourite, and not entirely mainstream is the ‘panning’ shot. Technically it’s very easy and it’s also great fun and you can have many weird and wonderful results.

 

How to Pan: You need a long exposure – I tend to start around 10/s (10th of a second) and to make your life easier put the camera onto ‘A’ mode, or Aperture Priority, so you set an aperture which will give you that low shutter speed. Then, as an animal is moving alongside you, simply take a bunch of photos following the animal as it is moving i.e. ‘panning’ with the camera. The effect you are looking for is movement and here is a pic I particularly love which hopefully gives that impression!


Problems: There is one small problem you might encounter if you try and ‘pan’ during the middle of the day when it’s very bright. You may well find that your highest aperture and lowest ISO still gives you too high a shutter speed.

 

Two things to do here:

 

  1. 1. Go and have a siesta and don’t worry about it, or
  2. 2. Put on a ND filter (neutral density) which removes light if you have one.
 
 

About Paul

 

Born and bred in the UK, Paul Joynson-Hicks, started his journey as a photographer as assistant to Angelo Valentino. Moving to Africa in 1993, Paul has lived and worked in Uganda and Tanzania and has published four photography books throughout his career. Paul’s passions extend beyond photography and he is involved in various charity projects.

 

You can find out more about Paul’s projects and buy prints at www.pauljoynsonhicks.com


Follow Paul

 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/pj_hicks


#10: Work with the environment

 

– Markus Coerlin, Safari Guide and Camp Manager

 

I find that a lot of people are always trying to find that clean picture environment where there are no branches in the way, no leaves and no shadows. It is of course true that the crystal clear image where the subject is bathed in perfect light are the images where one screams a “halleluliah” to the heavens, but more often the conditions are not all that great. More often I find it is the imperfections that are the things that make an image beautiful. Shadows are to animals what mascara is to models. Dust and rain create atmosphere. It is the branches and the leaves, the glare and the dust that often give the emotions to an image. Why not play around with them a little more?

 

 

About Markus

 

Markus has been working in safari and conservation for the past 12 years. He is a fully qualified safari guide who focuses mainly on walking and horse safaris. He has worked and guided in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya soaking up the rich diversity of the various flora and fauna. He has also managed luxury safari camps, run conservation and research projects as well as setting up horse safaris and community based activities and has been heavily involved in guide training. He is a qualified South African and Zambian safari guide.

 

Follow Markus

 

Website

Safarious
Instagram: https://instagram.com/markuscoerlin


Armed with these tips there’s no way that you won’t come back with a trophy shot from your next safari.

 

Do you want to get to the bush to start taking amazing photographs? The following camps provide some of the best African wildlife photography opportunities:

 

Kwihala Camp, Ruaha – A good all round photography location, remote Kwihala is raw beauty personified, with rolling hill landscapes, rocky outcrops and good game viewing. The Ruaha National Park area is renowned for it’s concentrations of predators and big game.

 

Namiri Plains, Serengeti – Known for spectacular predator sightings, Namiri Plains is located in the heart of big cat country and undoubtedly offers East Africa’s best cheetah viewing opportunities. The stark, epic landscape with endless plains completes the experience.

 

Sayari Camp, Serengeti – Set close to the banks of the Mara River, and boasting dramatic views out across the wide plains of the northern Serengeti, Sayari Camp offers unparalleled access to the greatest migration on the planet with great all-round wildlife photography opportunities.

 

Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire – Set in the secluded Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp offers a highly diverse landscape with dry baobab woodlands and lush green swamps. Tarangire boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo and is the ideal all-round landscape photography destination.

 

 

 



AAC Privately Guided Family and Solo Traveler trips with our Tanzania Guides (Jan - Mar 2016)


March Safari for the Ashcroft Party Guided by Mkenda Emmanuel

   
These clients discovered AAC through Travel+Leisure magazine where they found out that AAC was chosen as the best family safari company of the year and they spoke to owner Mark Nolting several times before they booked so they had very high expectations.

 

  

  

  

 

The clients were very happy from the way I involved them in the art of finding animals as we were driving. We were able to find cheetahs – we saw one killing a gazelle and another time one was walking alone and it came directly to us and jumped onto the hood of our vehicle to get a better views of the plains. It was a great moment!

 

  

 

 

   

MAR 21, 2016

 

The safari started by picking up the clients from Arusha where I gave thorough briefing and going through the itinerary. I talked about safety, the use of seat belt on highway, using sealed bottled water for drinking and brushing their teeth, ensuring that all their valuable belongings should be very close to them and should not left unattended. Also we discussed about taking pictures of people especially the tribes which are living in traditional ways of life as they think that when you take pictures of them you are stealing their soul.

 

We started driving to Gibbs for lunch while and continued to discuss about my country including the history of Tanzania from colonial period until to date, economy and geology. We also talked about the Berlin conference which divided Africa in 1884 which resulted in the formation of the country Tanganyika (which became Tanzania after the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar). Then about Rift Valley formation that created alkaline lakes which attract flamingoes and makes a good tourist attraction.

 

I talked about Mto wa Mbu, also known as Mosquito Crick Town, which is a good example of a town that depends on tourism and a cross pollination of different tribes.

 

They had lunch and after they visited the garden where they grow vegetable organically. They appreciated the efforts done by Gibbs for having such good operation and providing delicious food.

 

We continued to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, whereby on the way we stopped at the crater view. The caldera is the largest intact caldera which is an unbroken wall and is one of the natural wonders of the world.

 

MAR 22, 2016

 

We started at six in the morning taking both a picnic breakfast and lunch. We were very lucky as we saw a huge pride of lions just as we arrived at the crater floor and a hyena eating from a buffalo carcass. Then a rhino crossed the road. It was amazing for my clients as they have been in Botswana but they did not see a black rhino. We stopped for our picnic breakfast at the hippopotamus pool. After the break we saw more lions and huge bull elephant with massive tusks almost the same length as its trunk. Such tusks are very rare to see due to poaching. Only wild elephants can have such tusks.

 

In the afternoon we enjoyed a picnic lunch at another peaceful site. After lunch we continued with our game drive where we saw more lions and rhinos (seven exactly). Seeing rhinos in the crater is very important and unique as this is the only place where you can see them in their natural habitat. Other places they were introduced or reintroduced.

 

  

   

 

MAR 23, 2016

 

Today we stopped at the Olduvai Gorge enroute to our camp in the Serengeti. On the way I gave a lecture of the site that is unique as it was the first place to find the oldest skull of human kind. On July 17, 1959 archaeologists Luis Leaky and Mary Leaky made this crucial discovery after 28 years of searching. We then visited the museum and the site where the first skull was found.

 

After Olduvai, we went to shifting sand and it was one of the highlights of their safari. When we arrived at the shifting sand, I told them that we have to treat with great care and respect as Maasai are worshiping – it means we have to approach with respect as we are entering the church. The clients were amazed by the fact that the sand is having magnetic effect and that they move 17 meters a year.

 

After lunch we had a game drive where we saw some lions and flamingoes and gorgeous sunset.

 

 

 

 

MAR 24, 2016

 

This was a great day as we saw a lot including a cheetah kill, mating lions and a pride of ten lions. It was great to teach my clients the art of finding game, as they were looking to find cheetah. We began our search of cheetahs and drove for about 30 minutes and then from a distance I saw two heads of something then when I took binoculars I saw two cheetahs. We followed them until they killed a young gazelle. It was incredible and awesome from start to finish.

 

After lunch we saw mating lions and some flamingos flying in the Lake Ndutu area as well as other general game.

 

  

  


MAR 25, 2016

 

Another great day! We saw a gazelle looking in one direction for long time and when we looked through binoculars we saw a cheetah looking at the gazelle then started coming towards us then continued coming and jumped onto the hood of the vehicle. That was an awesome sighting as we found it on our own (with no other vehicles around). We also saw a caracal and vultures landing on a dead zebra and a lion with good reflection in the water.

 

  

  


MAR 26, 2016

 

This was the last day where we had lunch with the migration surrounding us, some zebras drinking and lions in the tree. Also we saw small crocodile at Seronera river.

 

  

    

 

The clients were very happy as they could not believe the way we found all the animals they were looking for. We got them all!

 

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AAC Privately Guided Family and Solo Traveler trips with our Tanzania Guides (Oct - Dec 2015)

 

December Safari for the Walkowicz Party Guided by Wilfred Mollel

 

The Walkowicz’s were expecting to see all the animals, from the big five to the rare ones like pangolin. The overall experience was above and beyond their expectations.
 
We began the adventure when I picked them up at the Lake Manyara airstrip and then drove to Gibbs Farm for overnight. 
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The following day we left Gibbs Farm after an early breakfast and drove down to the Ngorongoro Caldera. We found a wide variety of animals like ostriches, warthogs and their piglets, rhinos, lions, buffalos, hippos, zebras, jackals, and different bird species.

 


 

On the 3rd day we visited Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai Village on our way to Olakira Camp. We saw a lot on the way. We arrived for late lunch, which was followed by afternoon game drive. We had the opportunity to see a pride of seven lions, and that was the highlight of the day. Then we drove back to camp for overnight.

 

 

The following morning we started the game drive at 7:00 am aiming to find some cheetahs. And we did! Then we came across a clan of hyenas feeding. Then vultures came before we got back to the camp for lunch. During the afternoon drive we saw herds of wildebeests, gazelles, giraffes, and four lionesses and their seven cubs.

 

 

Our second full day in the Serengeti we drove all the way to the Seronera Valley purposely looking for the leopards and perhaps a pangolin. We found a leopard, some lions on kopjes, cheetahs, jackals, clan of hyenas and many more.

 

   
 
Their safari ended on Day 6 when I drove them to the Ndutu airstrip for Air Excel flight to Zanzibar.
 
 
 

Safari Guide Pease Pty’s Report


Dec 6, 2015

I met clients at the Namanga boarder, after normal immigration formalities where I assisted them with VISA, road transfer to Arusha, our main conversation during transfers was about infrastructure and recent development of road expansion mainly at cities and national park. Lunch was served at Arusha Coffee lodge, after lunch they joined other clients and commence our safari driving to Lake Manyara via the Makuyuni road and Mto wa mbu village. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena.

 

  

 

Dec 7, 2015

In the morning we had game drive at Manyara Park with lots of baboon. There had been some recent heavy rains and some roads were damaged. My clients liked birds a lot so we spent time enjoying watching wading water bird. The game drive was limited due to road condition and heavy rain. We had lunch at a lodge before driving to Serengeti. We are in short rain season in Tanzania and it had rained almost everywhere in the country. The road to the Serengeti is much better maintained than Manyara. We continued to the Serengeti Sopa for an overnight.


Dec 8, 2015

It was raining a lot today and the roads were very slippery and difficult to drive. Game viewing was more adventurous and was a real African adventurous safari. Luckily clients observed the migration around “Mawe ya simba” (in English means Lions Rocks) heading towards Naabi gate. Although the weather was not good, it was interesting to see to leopard and two male giraffe fighting.

 


 

Dec 9, 2015

This was last day in Serengeti and driving to Ngorongoro was very exciting with lots of giraffe enroute and six young lioness on the tree. Enroute to the Ngorongoro we stopped at Maasai Village. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa.

 

 

Dec 10, 2015

We had full day in the Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunche. The crater animals were very close to vehicles and this provided some exciting moments for them. They really enjoyed this scenery and also the flamingo at Lake Magadi. There were plenty of lions at Kigongoni, even a couple of them mating. Sub-adult lion cubs fell asleep under the cars while their parents enjoyed a quiet moment. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa.

 

 

 

Dec 11, 2015

On this day we left the Ngorongoro heading to Tarangire National Park. We enjoyed lunch at Tarangire Sopa followed by an afternoon game drive. The game drive was good with the highlight being a baby elephant playing and two crown crane birds flying overhead, scaring the baby elephant. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa.

 

 

Dec 12, 2015

This was the last day of program, enroute to Arusha we saw a bat eared fox at Tarangire gate. Lunch was at Mount Meru Hotel, and continued via road transfer to Namanga. That was end of our adventurous and good safari.

 

 

 

 

December Safari for the Alpert Party Guided by Elibariki

 

Day 1: I met the clients at breakfast time for introductions and a safari briefing. We departed with a picnic lunch and drove to Tarangire for a game drive. We saw zebra, hundreds of wildebeest, elephant families, a harem of impala, Nile monitor lizard, banded mangoose, about fifteen giraffe - some drinking water in the water hole and some browsing on the acacia trees, pride of two lionesses, one of them trying to hunt zebra but with no success. After lunch, we continued on an afternoon game drive where we saw common waterbuck, dwarf mongoose, troop of baboons, yellow billed stork, white backed vultures, lilac breasted roller, white headed weavers, scattered elephant families and many of the same common animals. We then drove to Chem Chem for dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 2: After breakfast we departed to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. On our way we saw giraffe, warthogs, territorial male impala, herd of impala, banded mongoose, lilac breasted roller, helmeted guinea fowl etc. Then we had lunch at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and the afternoon at leisure.

 

Day 3: After early breakfast we departed with a picnic hamper for full day game drive in the crater. We saw zebra, a herd of wildebeest, Thompson and Grant gazelles, bachelor herd of buffalo, spotted hyena and black backed jackals eating left over probably by lion, juvenile lioness walking whilst looking for rest of the pride, male ostrich sitting on the nest and so many hyena packs. We also saw black rhino, another lioness of different pride, hippos, kori bustards almost everywhere, and a huge male elephant drinking water at Ngoitoktok.

 

   

 

Following our picnic lunch we continued on an afternoon game drive. Late afternoon back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


Day 4: After early breakfast we departed to Lake Manyara Airport where the clients flew to Arusha.

 

 

 

 

The Dixon Family Safari Guided by Daniel Nyamoga

 

I met the Dixon Family at the Arusha Hotel for a safari briefing. Wwe started driving to Tarangire National Park, where we proceeded to Tarangire Safari Lodge but on the way we saw a lot elephants, impalas, waterbucks and zebras. We enjoyed lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. We had one of our best sightings - a pride of lions, calmly resting on a termite mound. We spent a significant amount of time with them and then drove back to the lodge after that.

 

The following day we had an early morning game drive, starting at 06:00 with a packed breakfast because we did not want to miss anything. We saw a very beautiful leopard sitting in a Baobab tree. We decided to drive back to the lodge for lunch and enroute we found a pride of lions crossing the road right in front of us. They headed to a large tree where they layed down in the shade. An afternoon game drive followed and this time the pride we saw earlier was very close to the lodge.

On Day 3 we had a vbusy day which began with a short game drive, followed by checking out of the lodge and driving to the orphanage center because they had some donations for the to children. After a memorable visit, we drove to Mto wa Mbu for a village walk. The clients enjoyed it as it gave them some interesting interaction with the locals.

Following a delicious bush lunch, we drove to Kisima Ngeda for dinner.

The next morning we started our day at 06:00 because we were going hunting with the Hadzabe bushmen. We met our local guide who took us to the bushmen. When we arrived we found them doing their morning preparations before going hunting. It was an exciting day and while we did not catch anything we enjoyed hunting with the Hadzabe and their dogs. We went back to their small village to practice using a bow and arrow. We drove back to the lodge for Brunch. In the afternoon we visited the Datoga tribe. It was very interesting how they prepare the meals, share their husbands, raise kids and making tools and so much more. That evening we went on a walk that ended up on a rock for some drinks while enjoying seeing the Sun setting down.

 

As yesterday was quite busy, today the clients wanted to relax a bit so we drove to Kitela Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing. 


The next morning was a full day game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. Seeing a rhino was our big mission today and we got lucky as we saw a beautiful rhino just eating hardly 30 meters away from the road. It was an amazing sighting!! We thought that was the highlight of the day but we were totally wrong as we saw something else that as a guide was the highlight of the day a pride of lion trying to separate a buffalo from a herd. It was like a "Hide and Seek" game because the buffalo were chasing the lion as they were chasing the buffalo. It was a drama we rarely see. We drove back to the lodge happily.

This morning was a busy start for us as we were heading to the central Serengeti and Kati Kati camp. First, we visited the Oldupai Museum, Gorge and Shifting Sand before arriving in time for lunch.


In our afternoon game drive we saw something spectacular and I must admit that this was the highlight of the entire trip. A lion sitting next to a zebra carcass, half eaten with at least 20 hyena around him just waiting patiently. On our left side there was a herd of elephant grazing and slowly moving towards us before they came behind us and crossed the road. They were now heading towards the lion. They did not see the lion because the grass was very high. It ended up spooking the lion, who ran away. The hyena took the chance to claim the carcass, but when the lion saw that he decided to go back to the carcass and it became like a repeated drama.

This was another day of adventures. Our mission today was to look for more cats especially cheetahs. We started by seeing lion before we found the cheetahs. Watching them in the distance was quite nice especially with the morning light.

 

Our last we took a packed lunch so that we could spend more time out on the plains. We drove to Hippo pool to enjoy the hippos. The rest of the day driving around enjoying every moment. This was definitely another good day.


 

 

 

 

The Gifford Party’s Safari with Martin Mallya

 

 

 

Oct 2, 2015

Arrived Kilimanjaro International Airport with KLM, the Giffords were transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge where they spent a night.

 

 

Oct 3, 2015

In the morning we commenced the safari by driving to Maramboi Tented Camp in time for hot lunch. Afternoon game drive experiencing giant baobab and close viewing of lion lying under tree.

 

 

Oct 4, 2015

This was a full day game drive day with large number of elephant and guests were lucky enough to see tree-climbing lioness.

 


 

 

Oct 5, 2015

With packed picnic lunches we departed to Lake Manyara National Park for full day game viewing. During the drive they saw a flock of flamingos and a pride of lion eating a baboon. They were delighted to see Klipps springer and antelope standing on the rock. Late afternoon we proceeded to Ngorongoro Sopa for dinner and overnight.

 

 

Oct 6, 2015

This was second day at crater, despite the long day we had on previous day clients were keen to be at crater very early in the morning. We had our picnic lunch as usual. In the walls of crater we saw pride of lion along River Munge drinking water after a heavy meal of wildebeest. Exciting sightings also included black rhino, hyena and zebras. We returned to lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

 

Oct 7, 2015

On this day we drove to Serengeti via Maasai village and Olduvai Gorge. Lunch was served at Mbuzi Mawe camp, afternoon game drive with plenty of lions and cubs.

 


 

 

Oct 8, 2015

They were booked on balloon excursion, this was another day where they depart early from lodge, after balloon they had bush breakfast. We had 3 hrs. game viewing before having a hot lunch at Camp. After resting a bit we did another afternoon game drive.

 

 

Oct 9, 2015

We had full day game drive, crocodiles were along Seronera River, lions, lots of nice and beautifully birds such as lilac-breasted roller, little bee-eater etc. The whole day was spent on vast plain of Serengeti with plenty of exciting game drives. Returned to camp for dinner and overnight.

 


 

Oct 10, 2015

We spent this day around northern Serengeti, they were lucky to see leopard on the tree as well as lioness with cubs on a big rocky, lot of zebras and wildebeest. They enjoyed this scenery a lot and like the area so much. Returned to camp for overnight.

 

 

Oct 11, 2015

Unfortunately this was last day of Tanzania program, they checked out of lodge in time to connect with their flight to Mara.

 

 



Migration Update - Tanzania


 

The Migration Movement updated - April 11, 2016

 

We have reports that a couple of thousand wildebeest arrived between the centre of the Serengeti and Moru Kopjes.

 

 

 

The Migration Movement updated - February 29, 2016

 

The migration is around Kakesio and the Makao plains right now. Lots of of newborns witnessed.

 

 

 


 

There are huge herds of wildebeest still around Kimuma Hill and across to Ubuntu and Ndutu. North of there on the plains towards It’s still sunny and dry here and plenty of green grass so hopefully they will be around here for a bit longer!


 

 

The Migration Movement updated - February 01, 2016

 

 

Rain on the plains: The New Year started for our grunting gnu's with a rather prolonged dry spell which persisted through most of January, and that meant that the bulk of the migration herds moved towards Kusini and Maswa. However, reports from our guides in the Serengeti is that it has now started raining again, and the southern plains are full of wildebeest. The herds are spreading from Piyaya, Barafu, Golini and over the triangle between Naabi and Ndutu, through to the Ndutu marsh, Matiti and all the way out towards Kusini. It really is an incredible scene out there, check out these pics taken by our guide Ian Kiwelu.

 

 


It is raining almost daily at the moment, which does make game drives in some areas a little interesting, but it has brought the wildebeest back to where they should be - happy days.


 

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I am with clients between Lobo and Bologonja and we bumped into the eastern herds, they should be heading across the Sand River soon into the Mara, they are moving slowly because of all the grass and water which is great for the lion in the area.

Emmanual Mkenda, Ranger Safaris Guide

 

Guests came back reporting that they had enjoyed huge numbers of wildebeest not too far from Four Seasons on the way to Lobo - I assume near Mbuzi Mawe. They said the had also see quite alot of males preparing for the rut and butting heads. 

Oli, Four Seasons Lodge

 


 

Drivers coming in today report huge zebra numbers out on the plains around Naabi hill, and large (several hundred at a time) groups dotted around Triangle between Naabi and here, and out on Caracal Plateau, Olduvai and Twin Hills plains so still many around.

Ndutu Safari Lodge

 

We have an update this week from in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. The guides took a drive to the central Serengeti to see the migration which was a remarkable sighting for our clients.

Asilia Ubuntu Camp



Uganda and Rwanda News


Giraffes on the move in Murchison Falls NP - Uganda

 

Twenty Rothschild's giraffes in Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park have been translocated across the Nile River from the northern to the southern sector of the Park. This means improved game viewing for CAS preferred properties Bakers Lodge and Nile Safari Lodge!

 

   

 

Early Monday 01 February, six Rothschild giraffes left the northern side of Murchison Falls National Park to go to a new home across River Nile into the southern part of the same park. This batch was the last of the total giraffes moved into the new home.

 

The exercise was successfully carried out by an all Ugandan team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). On site with the local team was a film crew from the BBC who for the last three weeks have lived, worked and laughed with the local rangers and vets.

 

   

 

Two other giraffes have been moved to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) better known as the zoo, in Entebbe.

 

   

 

The translocation of the giraffes was a very successful one with no loss at all. This is a record considering it is the first all Ugandan crew translocation, and in general worldwide, there is a high probability of wildlife loss during this very delicate exercise.


 

 

New Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi - Uganda

 

We are excited to announce that a gorilla habituation experience is now available in Uganda! Two gorilla families are being habituated in the Rushaga sector of southern Bwindi and for the first time ever, visitors can participate! Groups are limited to four pax, trekking with the researchers and spending 4 hours with the gorillas! Permits cost $1,500 and will go fast.

 




10 Amazing Romantic Getaways


 

 

10 Amazing Romantic Getaways

 

Our resident experts at AAC tracked the most romantic properties in the African bush (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it), and created this lovers list of the 10 dreamiest destinations in Africa.

 

Elephant Star Beds – Abu Camp, Botswana

The stars form the canopy over your bed and the rumbling snores of elephants are your lullaby when you overnight on this unique platform overlooking the boma where elephant slumber. Don’t worry about creature comforts out amongst the creatures, there’s a plush double bed and even an open shower with the same incredible views, says AAC senior consultant Kyle Witten. Don’t worry, the elephants won’t spy on you.

 



Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe

Located on a private concession on the Zambezi Gorge. Twelve luxury suites feature private viewing deck and plunge pool, air-conditioning, mini-bar and en suite bath with indoor/outdoor showers. Two complimentary transfers to Victoria Falls town are included daily. The main lounge area invites you to enjoy the views of Victoria Falls’ spray and the gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. Meals are served in the open-air dining room.

 



Angama Mara, Kenya

High above a game reserve where some of the most memorable scenes from "Out of Africa" were filmed, is the newest and most dramatic safari lodge in Kenya, Angama Mara. The camps name is Swahili for ‘suspended in mid air,” and couples will feel like they’re literally walking on air at this intimate tented camp with luxury comforts such as deep soaking tubs with views over the Great Rift Valley, on one of the most scenic locations on the entire continent. A short ride away from this serene perch is Governor’s Balloon Safaris, a flight of a lifetime that soars high above the Mara, then comes back to earth with a champagne picnic for two. This is Mark Nolting's most recent honeymoon choice.

 

 


Mombo Camp, Botswana

Located in a remote corner of Botswana’s Moremi Reserve, Mombo is world famous for combining 5-star luxury accommodations with epic “big cat” sightings. The camp is being completely rebuilt with eight decadent suites, private plunge pools and thatched salas, offering the most romantic place in Botswana. Arguably the best game viewing in Africa, explore the region with morning and afternoon game drives. Large prides of lions and majestic leopards complete the iconic safari experience.

 

 

Lion Sands Kingston Tree House, Sabi Sand, South Africa

Think tree houses are just for kids? AAC’s Kollin Buchholz and Cinthia Liza say this tree top aerie at Lion Sands' will easily change your mind. There are few more romantic ways to sleep out under the great African skies than in an elegant canopy bed up in the tree branches, a gourmet picnic full of delicacies tucked way for you to nibble as you the evening skies unfurl---Just the stars, you, and your loved one.

 

North Island, Seychelles

We can’t name all the famous couples who’ve honeymooned here (cough cough--- Prince William and Kate; George Clooney and Amal – cough cough), but let’s just say that this lush island might just be the most romantic, private, and sexy spot in the world with miles of pristine sand, unique sea life, and service that makes every couple feel like visiting royalty. Each of the 11 very secluded villas have interrupted vistas over the azure Indian Ocean and the silky sand. Meals can be served in your private dining room or a table for two can be set anywhere on the island--each one a decadent, and decidedly romantic, surprise. Alison Nolting, senior consultant, honeymooned in the Seychelles (does that make her famous too)!

 

 

Serengeti Explorer Shared Camp, Tanzania

A seasonal camp where unspoiled Africa exists; where the special privilege of absorbing the, majestic grandeur of the African landscapes and its wildlife is still possible. From the moment you are met by your host/guide he will make you feel that you are on a real wildlife experience. The philosophy is to help you experience the bush in addition to viewing wildlife in one of Africa's top wildlife reserves. The seasonal mobile camp may move about three to four times a year.

 



 

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Mozambique’s finest eco-boutique retreat is located on Benguerra Island. Azura was built entirely by hand in partnership with the local community and has just 16 luxury villas, providing you privacy and pampering.. Each beachfront villa has a private bathroom with an indoor/outdoor shower, pool, air-conditioning, private sun deck, mini-bar and butler service.

Dining at Azura is a feast for the senses. You have several options such as the main restaurant with magnificent views or a picnic in a secluded spot and the most romantic choice, a candlelight dinner on the beach. The chef’s signature dishes combine the finest of Mozambique’s natural produce and seafood with International flair.

 

 

 

The Palms, Zanzibar

A family owned luxury resort that provides personal service and a range of beautifully appointed facilities reflecting the warmth and character of the local architecture. The Palms is located along a pristine white beach on the east coast of the island and consists of 6 luxurious villas. Each of the elegant villas features a bedroom, living room, en suite bathroom, Jacuzzi and private terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean. There is a pool, dining room, evening bar and pool bar and massage facilities.

 

 

Manafiafy, Madagascar

Six chalets are nestled into the forest overlooking the beach.. The rooms are spacious with enormous windows and sliding doors at the front leading to a terrace with plenty of sun loungers, a shower and a hammock. The food at the lodge is superb – freshly caught fish and shellfish including crab, lobster and oysters are often served, along with a delicious selection of salads and excellent, freshly baked bread. Breakfasts are a treat with warm, fresh pastries and a large selection of fresh fruit.

 

 

 

10 Amazing Romantic  Getaways


 



Top 10 Stories in 2015 from the Asilia Camps in Tanzania and Kenya


Our Top 10 stories of 2015

 

From darling baby elephants to the latest breakthroughs in conservation, we rounded up the year’s most loved stories from our blog.

 

 


 

 

1. The story of Little “E” – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/little-e/

 

2. Top to African wildlife photography tips – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/top-10-african-wildlife-photography-tips/

 

3. Bob and Gina Poole answer your elephant questions – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/bob-gina-poole-answer-your-questions-remaining-questions/

 

4. Gina Poole meets Big Mama, the elusive Elephant Matriarch –http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/leading-from-behind/

 

5. Tanzania’s Best Kept secret – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/olivers-camp-little-olivers-tanzanias-best-kept-secret/

 

6. Celebrating 5 years of pioneering conservation at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/conservations-future-naboisho-story/

 

7. Your career as a Walking Safari Guide starts here – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/calling-all-aspiring-walking-safari-guides/

 

8. We ask our fans what are their top lion movies – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/top-10-lion-movies/

 

9. Take bush adventure to a whole new level with fly camping – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/what-is-fly-camping/

 

10. Catch the greatest show on earth, the Great Wildebeest Migration – http://blog.asiliaafrica.com/greatest-show-on-earth-great-migration/



Elephant Conservation with the Help of Google Street View


Elephants in Kenya's Samburu National Park just got a high-tech assist to help keep them out of the harmful path of poachers and let people around the world help in conservation efforts to keep them safe.

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Google Street View, working with Save the Elephants, has recently launched interactive "maps" of the park (Google's first Street View efforts in Kenya), allowing viewers to take a virtual safari in the conservancy: https://www.google.com/maps/streetview/#samburu-kenya.




It's an incredible opportunity to get an up-close look at the elephants who make their home in this remote park; users can zoom in on the elephants as they bathe in the mud, drink from a watering hole, and look for food.

 

The Google project aims to tell the amazing stories of the elephant families in the park. Two of the main families of elephants captured by Street View are the Hardwoods and the Spice family who have been identified by the shape of their tusks and tears in their ears.The STE website offers background "Story Spheres" so readers can learn more details about the elephant families: http://savetheelephants.org/about-elephants/storyspheres/

 

The initiative was launched together with the charity Save the Elephants (STE), which works to promote wildlife conservation and was headed in part by Kenyan conservationist, BBC TV presenter, and wildlife-filmmaker, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who is the Chair of Save the Elephants' Advisory Board and runs Elephant Watch Camp. 

 


Saba Douglas-Hamilton was there and later took her kids to visit the young elephant at the Sheldrick's orphanage. 

 

Samburu is an arid, rugged and savagely beautiful area of Kenya protected as the Samburu National Reserve and the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, together covering an area of about 187 square miles. With less than 12 inches of rain a year the wildlife depends for its very existence on the Uaso Nyiro River, whose headwaters rise in the Aberdare Mountains, 185 miles away. The area is very scenic with hilly crags and trees, which follow the river courses and more vegetation of scrub desert, thorn bush, riverine forest, and swamps.   



AAC Privately Guided Family and Solo Traveler trips with our Tanzania Guides (Jul and Aug 2015)


 AAC Privately Guided Family and Solo Traveler trips with our Tanzania Guides (Jul and Aug 2015)


The Shumway Family Safari with Emmanuel Mkenda

 

Our safari was, for the most part, wonderful and a grand reunion in a magic land for us all. The children and spouses who had not been there before were thrilled and "can't wait to go again"!! Awesome, was the word I heard frequently. Our guides were knowledgeable and informative as well as pleasant to be with - especially Mkenda and Daniel. I am glad we chose to have 4 vehicles - it would have been crowded otherwise. We were met and greeted everywhere on time and everyone stayed happy and well, so I feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful 2 weeks with nearly our entire family.

Susan Shumway, Family of 19 people, Jul-Aug 2015



The Shumway Family in Tanzania


The Pearson’s Safari Expertly Guided by Hillary Mandia:


Day 1.July 23rd 2015 Arusha.

I met the clients at Kilimanjaro airport and after introduction and short briefing we drove to Lake Duluti Serena lodge for overnight.


Day 2.July 24th 2015. Tarangire.

The clients enjoyed their breakfast early followed by a full safari briefing. I answered all the questions pertaining to the itinerary, and then we were ready for safari. First stop was Tarangire National park. We were scheduled to stay at Maramboi Tented Camp and we arrived in for lunch.
  • Soon after lunch we drove to the park for evening game viewing. The clients were good photographer but not professional. Being the first time to visit Tanzania, the clients were puzzled by the number of animals in this park especially elephants and many other ungulates. After a few hours in the park we were luck to spot two lions, big herds of elephants, impalas, waterbuck, giraffes different bird species and many more without forgetting the beautiful scenery of this area. The time forced us to rush to the camp for dinner and overnight.

 

 


Day 3.July 25th 2015. Tarangire.

Today we enjoyed a full day of game viewing in the park. Soon we checked in the park, we took our own trail along the Tarangire River where our successful day began. Seven different species of animals include zebra, wildebeest, baboons, warthogs, impalas, hartebeests and giraffe drinking in the same water pond was the highlight. This followed by spotting our own leopard posing in an acacia tree. Though the leopard did not stay long enough, the pictures taken remain the best and top highlight of the entire trip. The day gave us the flexibility to drive further to explore this extensive park which did not only impress the client with its number of animals but also the giant baobab trees. We returned to the lodge allowing enough time for the clients to walk around the camp and enjoy the evening.


Day 4.July26th 2015. Lake Manyara.

After breakfast we started our day by visiting Lake Manyara Park for game viewing. This park offered an excellent experience due to its beauty especially its landscape and vegetation type. The flamingoes in the salty lake and hippos that come out to graze out earlier than they would were the highlights of the day. We were also fortunate to see one lion lying along the river. Also we saw good number of elephants, baboons, impalas, zebra, monkeys, etc. Later we proceeded to Sopa Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

 



Day 5.July27th 2015. Ngorongoro Crater.

We left the lodge very early with parked lunch to the crater for a full day game drive. The clients had their breakfast served at the Lodge as early as 06:00 am. The clients spent their first hour watching a large pride of lion with 18 individuals finishing the wildebeest carcass which probably hunted the night earlier. It was a day of cold, heavy dust and strong wind. This weather made the day somehow difficult tom find black Rhino as it was client’s goal of the day. Beside the number of animals seen in this area, the clients were impressed with the scenery and landscape of the caldera. Just before we went for lunch one black rhino showed up but not close enough for good pictures. Other interesting sights include hyenas, jackals, buffalo, foxes, and many more. The size of a few bull elephant in the area was among the highlight of the day. It was very successful day.



 

Day 6,July 28th.2015 Serengeti.

This morning we checked out very early after breakfast. We took a packed lunch and drove heading to Serengeti. We had a stop at Oldupai Gorge where the clients appreciated the visit. The speech from one of the anthropologist at the gorge reminded one of the client’s about 50years ago when he was studying anthropology. It was a nice stop.

We continued driving heading towards the Serengeti. As we were heading to Kirawira (western Serengeti), we decided to spend some time exploring the endless plains of Serengeti from Seronera Valley to Barafu Kopjes. It was a very successful day as we were lucky to spot two cheetahs along the road and two leopards among other ungulates. The highlight of the day was seeing some of the Great Migration mostly wildebeests and Zebra scattered all over Musabi plains and towards the Western corridor. Overnight at Kirawira Camp.


Day 7&8. July29th&30th 2015.Serengeti.

These two days were spent in western part of the Serengeti. We were not sure how we would top off what we had seen in previous days. The big question was what special in this area would make difference as the safari climax had come the previous days. We started by visiting the hippo pools along the Grumeti River and found two big male hippos fighting (surrounded by numerous hippos sunning themselves out of the water). Highlights included seeing various prides of lion, including one sitting in the tree. Later we witnessed the single female lion stalk a zebra a few yard from the vehicle. Though the mission failed we really had a great experience. Our success continued when we saw two more prides of lion, one of them mating. The mating couple was the highlight of the area and probably in the entire trip. We ended up witnessing a pack of hyena and hundreds of Vultures sharing two wildebeests who died from unknown reason. The clients enjoyed the camp and the services in general.

 



Day 9,July 31st.2015.

This morning after breakfast the clients checked out and we headed to the airstrip. The plane came on time and everything went nicely without incidence.

It was nice trip with very friendly clients.

Prepared by Hillary

 

 


Tammy Hendrix’sSolo Safari with Hillary Mandia


Speaking of guides, I absolutely LOVED Hillary. He welcomed me with a warm hug on the first day and we were fast friends. He was an excellent guide, and because he had such a passion for wildlife, he enjoyed the safari as much as I did. I felt like I was on safari with a friend, not a guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, and we had many fun and interesting chats not only about wildlife and nature, but also about African culture and general life stuff. I was sad to leave him when I went to the Serengeti.

Tammy Hendrix, Sep 2015



  



The McNulty Party Safari adventure with Guides, Daniel and Jabshir


This family trip was spectacular. I had the unique opportunity to travel to such a beautiful region of the world, with some of the most beautiful & majestic animals, I've ever seen.

The people, the places, it was sensory overload. I keep looking over my photos, but they just don't do Tanzania justice.

We were fortunate to have Jabshir & Daniel, as our guides. They were experienced & extremely knowledgeable. They took time to educate each of us, on the beauty of Tanzania & everything it has to offer. The animals in their natural habitat, the Crater, the Maasai village, the baobab & acacia Tree's----there were so many different sights, it hard to pick a favorite.

Jabshir & Daniel made sure that both of our jeeps had ample time to witness all the natural wonder's that makes Tanzania unique. Both vehicles saw the "Big 5" of Africa's great animal kingdom Daniel showed us over 50 different species of birds. The final day, after driving for quite some time, Daniel found the most BEAUTIFUL Cheetah-----she was stunning.

           
I feel so blessed to have traveled to Tanzania. I have seen the most incredible sights. I pray that one day, I'm fortunate enough to visit Tanzania again. It's something that can't be expressed in pictures ---you have to see & witness it for yourself- first hand.

Warmest Regards,
Lynn McNulty-Coullias, Jul 2015

 

 

The Klein- Fazendeiro Family Expertly Guided by Daniel and Mkenda


Daniel and Mkenda were AWESOME guides. Their knowledge was extensive and their enthusiasm for what we were seeing and doing was as great as ours. They were so good with the kids and kept them interested in what was happening around them. They afforded them the opportunity to see things that one could only dream of experiencing. When we asked the kids what they will miss most about Tanzania, they said “Daniel & Mkenda” and we couldn’t agree more! No doubt it is because of them that we experienced the things we did.




Again, thank you for making this such a magical experience for our family. We could not have asked for anything more!

All the best,

The Fazendeiro’s, Aug 2015

Kevin, Debby, Daniel and Jessica



The Thomsen Party Guided by Jabshir


Finally getting caught up and wanted to get you some feedback. First of all I can’t thank you all enough. "Trip of a lifetime" doesn’t begin to describe it. We had 7 family members from 11 years old to 78 and we were all happy with everything. That’s quite an accomplishment, especially with our family! We always had someone to meet us and never felt unsure about what was next, where we were going, or supposed to be.

We loved the routing of the trip and all the properties and wished we could have stayed at each longer. The food, staff, settings, tents etc were all A+...

All of the guides and staff were amazing but I’d have to give a special nod to Jabshir and Moudy along with Nicholas (who was part of the staff at Treetops) and Richard at Kimondo who was outstanding with my nephews in making sure they were having fun, liked the food etc. There wasn't a person anywhere we didn't like but the previously mentioned were really, really exceptional.

 

 

 

A huge thank you to you all. We never would have been able to do this without your knowledge, expertise and guidance. This was by far our biggest and our best family vacation. Every single one of us has said we would love to go back.

Tami Thomsen, Jul 2015

 

 

The Walinsky’s Safari with Naturalist Guide, Ephata


We had a truly enjoyable and fun trip to Tanzania. What a remarkable country and very talented staff that Africa Adventure uses. Ephata was amazing with his knowledge and experiences in northern Tanzania. Ephata took very good care of us. We could not have asked for a better guide. We saw and learned so much about the animals, birds, plants, national parks and people of Tanzania. Africa Adventure's stateside personnel and African contractors made it very easy and enjoyable for us to experience the wilds of Tanzania. Thank you.

 

The five of us really enjoyed our trip to Tanzania and we will be talking about it for a long, long time.

Thank you Africa Adventure!

Bobbie and Stan Walinsky, Aug 2015

 

 

The Hazen Party Explorer Safari in Tanzania with Masha (Daniel)

The trip exceeded my expectations. Our driver, Masha (Daniel) was tremendous. He was a big factor in the success of the trip.

For me, the Maasai village tour was the best part of the trip. This was both for general interest but also because of the work that I have done on a philanthropic basis in East Africa.

Best regards

Randy Hazen, Aug 2015

 



Migration Update from Governors Camp - Kenya


This week has seen a succession of huge river crossings culminating in a massive crossing yesterday where we estimate around 100,000 wildebeest crossed the Mara River in one go.

 

The crocodiles have been very active at the crossing sites taken wildebeest where they can and the male leopard continues to hunt on the river bank. There have been very large numbers of wildebeest and zebra on the plains of the Masai Mara close to our camps and we have herds of wildebeest and zebra in Governors Camp, Governors Il Moran Camp and Governors Private Camp. Where the wildebeest go the lions are never far behind and we have seen the Marsh pride of lions hunting very close to Governors Camp.

 


 

This is an amazing migration season and our guests have had some spectacular wildlife viewing, one couple who were staying with us for ten days saw thirteen river crossings, sometimes seeing two crossings a day. We have also had lovely sightings of a female leopard and her two cubs. Here are some photos taken over the last week.

 

 

 

 

 


 


 




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