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  1. Interesting. Hopefully, it will generate donations and increased awareness (especially among younger Harry groupies).
  2. I've stayed at their camp in Laikipia and certainly didn't find it to be "simple and soul less" or "Poorly maintained" - quite the contrary. It was very comfortable (not luxurious), the staff were all friendly and our guide was ok (not the best that we've had). He was very knowledgeable but we just didn't click with him as he wasn't as engaging as other guides we have had. This didn't ruin our game drives but it was a bit odd. Overall the camp was well run, clean and the food good; the drives were productive and the guide was knowledgeable. We had a good time and saw lots of rhinos and a few cheetah. Also, the price (inclusive of return air fro Wilson) was very reasonable. I would certainly consider staying at a Porini camp again.
  3. This seems like a positive and hopefully effective way to get meds to more remote regions a bit quicker
  4. Some small critters may come in for a visit. We've had spiders, mice, frogs, etc. (but nothing harmful) that I've had to gently relocate outside. Just remember to share out your shoes/boots before putting them on in the morning.
  5. Bon Voyage!
  6. This is only the third time in the past five years that I am aware of that wild dogs have been spotted in the Mara Triangle. I belive that the other times they were spotted they were around the Serengeti border and near the Serena. This time I think that they were spotted by the Serena and also by the Oloololo gate. I hope that they stay in the Reserve or head south t the Serengeti. Does anyone have any details of other wild dog sightings in the Triangle? I believe that there may also be a small population in Mara North (Aitong area).
  7. Very good news! I wish BA would add a stop in Victoria Falls on the way to JNB.
  8. This is worth a look!
  9. What a great idea. This really brings the front page to life and surfaces a lot of content that (hopefully) will encourage new visitors/members to further explore the site and write their own reports.
  10. Literally and figuratively - we travel with a cheep plastic fly swatter which comes quite in handy!
  11. @Game Warden Matt, that's an interesting question. I had read last year that because some Masai were bringing cattle into the main section of the reserve that the lion prides were being displaced (i.e., the Marsh pride). I don't know if this is accurate and if so there is a cause and effect. My uneducated guess would be that there intuitively there could be some type of connection but then again, lions and wild dogs coexist in Kruger and other areas. Also, (again) my uneducated impression was that humans (not necessarily other top predators) were the main reason for the virtual eradication of wild dogs. I would think that reduced lion populations would more directly result in increased hyena populations.
  12. As an (irrelevant?) aside, I think that the drive up the escarpment edge from Arusha past Manyara to the crater is quite beautiful in it's own right.
  13. I agree with @Soukous that Tarangire is a bit of a must see. In some ways I enjoyed this park more than the Serengeti as it was far less congested.
  14. Not in the Triangle, a pack of nine dogs was seen in the central section of the Mara. I am encouraged as sightings seem to be a bit more frequent and this seems to be of an actual pack (as opposed to one or two individuals).
  15. There is a new hotel that is inside the JKIA security perimeter. This would an possible option if you are arriving later in the evening but you would still need to do the transfer to Wilson. Other options are Nairobi Tented Camp or Emakoko which are inside Nairobi National Park. This allows a more pleasant transfer between airports (as they are on opposite sides of the park).
  16. According to the below, some wildebeests and zebra have crossed into the Triangle...I wish that I was there to see it!
  17. The new site looks great and is easier to navigate. I particularly like the ability to select items that I've started, items that I've posted in or items that I follow. Thank you again Matt for being the brains and brawn behind Safaritalk.
  18. I never knew that wildebeast hibernate underground...
  19. Wow, mad about leopards! Posts 24 and 25 are some of the best leopard sequences I've seen!
  20. I'd personally like to know more about this relatively new Elephant Orphanage. Perhaps another reason to visit the Samburu/Shaba area. This intent of this thread seems to be a bit of a grudge match and not at all about the merits of elephant orphanages or a serious discussion of the necessity of culling elephant populations to prevent (in my opinion), human/wildlife conflict that could result in human death/injury/crop damage and retaliation against elephants and other resident wildlife.
  21. Thanks for posting..sounds like good news for Buffalo Springs and Shaba too. Although I feel like Shaba both suffers and benefits from a bit of benign neglect. It is such a beautiful, remote and tranquil location and I enjoyed the utter dearth of other visitors.
  22. I don't wish anybody ill but I guess this faslls under the categoties of occupational hazard/poetic justice.
  23. I'll just envision that it was a jackal!
  24. Any idea what made the tracks on the beach (jackel)?

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