The story of a rock kopje in the northern Serengeti, and daily life in the Serengeti's best new camp hidden within it.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014
No need to be bold, brave strong and the rest - when you have the oportunity to view wildlife, take your time!
Enjoy the little Thomson's Gazelle, grazing in the morning sunshine........
.....and that Cheetah sneaking up on it!
For over an hour she just watched......so did we.
Her focus set fast on her quarry, set she makes her move.
Hell for leather!
It's a wonderful sight but really difficult to photograph!
A Cheetah's ability to change direction at full speed is remarkable to say the least.
The desperate little Thomson's puts it all into a sudden bound to the right, there can only have been two metres between them but the cat missed her target...this time.
She looks back beyond where she started and begins to call, sure enough her gentle mewing is responded to by her two cubs.
We had no idea they were there.
Running to catch up with mum they are already showing of the moves!
They follow her beyond the ridgline and we leave them in peace.
at 10:23 am Fri, Jan 24, 2014
Sun, Jan 19, 2014
Never be afraid to stop the vehicle and check.
Countless times we've reversed back only to confirm that "that rock" is not the lazy lion it so aptly impersonates...
or to make certain that the inquisitive cheetah poking his head up out of the grass is in fact a rather splendid bit of tree trunk.
On this occasion after a seemingly endless run of false alarms we were rewarded with a remarkable sight...
A lone male Roan Antalope making his way accross the rigdgline between Lamai and the Mara River.
An extremely elusive creature, many a safari veteran has an empty Roan box that awaits a tick -
having spoken to the Lamai guides we have since confirmed that there were a few fragmented reports of a Roan sighted in the northern Serengeti last seson but nothing since early 2013 .
Predominantly a grazer Roan seek out areas with medium to high grasses, they need constant standing water sources and avoid the competition of larger numbers of herbivores.
Lamai is a brilliant habitat match but only at this time of year, the wildebeest would certainly be enough to convince even the most stuborn of terratrial bulls to move with the times.
This was our first ever sighting and although he was shy of the vehicle we were close enough to see how magnificent a Roan Bull really is.
Massive at the shoulder only the Eland can look down on the Roan bull within the antelope fraternity.
As to why this male was alone on the plain, we can only theorise.
Perhaps he's a bachelour looking for a dominant male to usurp.
Perhaps his own herd were just beyond our horizon and we'll manage to catch up with them all in the next few weeks.
Either way, this was a treat!
at 4:55 am Sun, Jan 19, 2014
Fri, Jan 3, 2014
"I don't know, what is the connection between The Lion King and Arsenal FC?"
"Its obvious! Remember the first line of the movie........the sun rises over the African Plain and..................."Arsen Wenger!!!!!"
"Oh come on it's not that bad"
at 10:16 am Fri, Jan 3, 2014
Wed, Jan 1, 2014
COMMON CHAPS OUT OF BED WITH YOU! IT`S A NEW YEAR!
NO IT ISN'T, GO AWAY.
OH COMMON GRUMPY, IT MOST CERTAINLY IS! HENCE THE SLIGHT HEADACHE... REMEMBER?
LAST NIGHT? ALL THOSE BEERS, GIN TONICS, WINE AND BUBBLES?
THOSE CHARMING HOSTS THAT CONVINCED YOU A NIGHT CAP WAS IN FACT A GOOD IDEA. (SORRY!)
THAT'S IT, STRETCH OFF AND OUT OF BED!
WELCOME TO 2014 - IT'S GAME DRIVE TIME!
at 6:21 am Wed, Jan 1, 2014
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