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  1. I have been reading several tour itineraries and I have realized many says that of late things have changed in lake Nakuru National park and that at times there are not as many flamingos. They go ahead to say that they are on high population when the lake is shallow alkaline and warm. Its basically the time algae grows and flamingos flock the lake to feed on it. My question now comes in. When is the right time to have these conditions? I will appreciate your help fellow travelers.
  2. As an up-and-coming ecologist, I have always had a sense of adventure. My research has given me the privilege of visiting wilderness areas across South Africa, spending large portions of my MSc degree walking through the Greater Kruger National Park, encountering elephants, buffalo and white rhino on foot. Although I would like to think of myself as fairly competent when walking through a wilderness area, this was not always the case. Back in April 2011, as a young first year BSc student, I undertook my first trip on my own, visiting St Lucia in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Although the trip itself was incredible, a single event on my final day stole the headlines of my stay. Below is my diary entry from that day. http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/getting-lost-in-the-st-lucia-wilderness-20170503
  3. An inexplicable start of new year it was..! 11 Tigers & a leopard..! In all a dozen of Predator cats of Tadoba accompanied me in the start of this year, as if an indication to stay around them all this year and many more years coming ahead. Besides the hectic schedule, the glimpses of these extremely ROYAL Bengal Tigers helped me to keep up. Haven't expected it to be this amazing..! Excited as ever, Seeing off 2016, welcoming 2017..!!! Once again Wishing you all a very Happy New Year . May this year bring you lots of glory and Happiness....💥💥💥 Keep in touch for more updates.
  4. Good morning from Australia! We have decided to go on an African safari next July and I'm a little overwhelmed already with all the info out there. Hoping you wonderful people can help point us in the right direction... July 2017 trip for about 2 weeks in the country. Open to ideas about length of actual safari. All animals will be new to us so open to all options. Obviously some of the big 5 is a must We'd like an adventurous type safari - I think tented rather than permanent lodges- as off the beaten track as possible. A highly touristy area would be a turn off for us. Although we have kids (age 9 and 11) I don't want that to restrict our options with respect to the point above. The kids are tough (can easily handle day long hikes for example) and are very polite/well behaved. I note many safaris don't accept kids under certain ages. Why is this? Open to all countries Budget is fairly open (gulp, as I say that!) but we'd rather spend on the experience rather than luxuries (we all lived in a campervan for a year so we aren't precious) As it's our first time in Africa, would be good to combine with any non-safari highlights Hopefully that describes us and our preferences for a few ideas. Would be very grateful for any suggestions. Thanks very much Dave
  5. Great Plains Conservation launches the new Selinda Adventure Trail with 'heli-walking' and/or 'heli-canoeing'. Adventure is defined by a certain amount of unpredictability and unknown. It should also enhance senses and stimulate adrenaline. The new 5 days/4 nights Selinda Adventure Trail embodies this definition entirely: The itinerary primarily dictated by water levels in the Selinda Spillway, a seasonally flooded channel that connects the Okavango River to the west and the Linyanti Swamps to the east. When the Spillway has low water, or dry, we will operate a professionally guided walking safari; and when there is enough water we will offer a combination walking and canoeing expedition (formerly the Selinda Canoe Trail). Secondary effects to the itinerary route often depends on wildlife movements. The adventure for both experiences start with a thrilling 20 minute helicopter journey to the remote starting points in the vast 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve, giving an aerial perspective of the Selinda Spillway and the myriad of channels and lagoons that branch off it creating clearings in the pristine woodland. Call it ‘heli-walking’, ‘heli-stalking’ or ‘heli-canoeing’ if you like. The unpredictable nature of the floods means that your guests won’t know before they board the helicopter from the Selinda Reserve airstrip whether they will be doing the pure-walking safari or the combination walking and canoeing expedition. Be prepared to walk, regardless of whether the Spillway is dry or in flood. The 2016 season will operate 20 May to 11 October and in 2017 season from 02 April to 23 September. Download 2016 rates and departure dates here. 2017 rates, with Selinda Adventure Trail dates, will be sent shortly. Download full itineraries and factsheet here.
  6. Good morning! Feeling those Tuesday blues #BackToWork? Have no fear! Travel with us in and feel good; 10% sales goes straight to Tusk Trust to help preserve the wildlife and landscape for your family to see for generations to come. ORYX offer first class birding & wildlife holidays to East and Southern Africa. Run by former producer of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC series, we have great conservation partnerships and offer the most immersive wildlife experience possible. Travel to the stunning destinations the BBC The Hunt crew film their epic wildlife documentaries- Kruger is one of the largest national parks in Africa and probably the most famous. Making up the South African portion of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, that spans South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, it is a vitally important conservation area for the whole of southern Africa. Also visit the southernmost point of South Africa- Cape Town and go in search of the great animals of the ocean- cage dive with great Whites and spot humback whales breaching. Tours up now (limited spaces): Leave a legacy when you travel with us. http://www.oryxwildlifesafaris.com/ Images ©Tania Rose Esteban.
  7. Are you looking for the idyllic tourist destination with beautiful scenery? Then Kenya is the country to visit. There are many exquisite places to visit that are breath-taking. The scenery include the lovely sunset in our parks, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, The Great Rift Valley, beaches, springs, just to name but a few.....
  8. Acacia Africa has cut the size of its groups on 10 of its trips to Uganda from 24 to 16. Based on client feedback, the change applies to some of the operator’s gorilla and chimpanzee trekking programs. According to Leanne Haigh, sales and marketing manager, “Less is more as cutting numbers by a third will make the chimp trekking experience smoother, allow additional time for travel in southwest Uganda and improve the overall feel of the tours. We are not aware of any other overland specialists offering a small group experience in Uganda so the change will be a key selling point.” Acacia is also removing game drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park from its overland trips. “We will continue to visit the park but we will suspend further game drives pending guidance on from the authorities on permits and time allocated in the park,” said Haigh. “A plus for travellers, this will enable us to enhance the quality of the experience and focus on the key activity in this location, chimp trekking." The changes will affect the following overland expeditions: the six-day Troop To The Gorillas (TTG6), the 14-day Gorilla Encounter (GEN14), the 28-day Game Parks and Gorillas (GAG28), the 18-day Mountain Gorillas To The Mara(MGM18), the 39-day Ultimate African Adventure (UAAV39), the 46-day Ultimate African Adventure (UAAJ46), the 58-day Ultimate African Overlander (UAO58), the 56-day Grand African Adventure (GAA56), the 36-day Rivers, Lakes and Mountains(RLM36) and the 44-day Rivers, Lakes and Mountains (RLM44). The changes will not apply to the GEN14 Aug 03 departure. For more information email info@acacia-africa.com
  9. Adventure operator, Acacia Africa has reported a surge in interest following BBC Africa series, the tour operator’s website showing a marked increase in hits over the period when the six programmes were aired. Leanne Haigh, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments, “While we’re in the peak period for bookings, based on last year’s figures there’s certainly been a spike in interest based on web traffic and our sales are up by 15%.” “The programme showcased the raw nature of Africa and that appealed to a huge number of people. Obviously, culture and adventure are integral elements of any journey on the continent, but David Attenborough brought back those magical safari moments that make Africa a one-of-a-kind continent.” Timely for the tour operator, Acacia Africa is about to celebrate its 18th birthday in May, the adventure specialist giving away 18 free seats as part of a social networking campaign running on Facebook and Twitter. Haigh, comments, “It was a great time for the launch as Attenborough put Africa at the top of any must have travel list. The captivating content of the series has also helped to generate interest on Twitter – our agents, clients and key bloggers joining the conversation” Acacia Africa’s 18th birthday campaign is live on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/14VR6VK. The tour operator is also running various birthday updates on Twitter under the #Acacia18 hashtag. Acacia Africa: 020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.com; www.acacia-africa.com. Members of AITO. ATOL 6499 and ABTA W4093 PROTECTED.
  10. This trip was taking in July by some of our guests. As they do't have an account they have given me permission to put this up under Blue Lizard Adventures: Here is their trip report.......................... For the last 10 days four of us spent our well earnt money on a trip of a life time in Tanzania, booked through Blue Lizard Adventures. We have not been to Africa, been on a safari or used Blue Lizard Adventures before, but I for one will definitely been doing it again. The experience was unreal and all the staff we had the chance of meeting were completely amazing. This is our story; A long and arduous plane journey from London, we finally landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport. When we arrived, we were met by a very smiley Fredrik Huth Jensen, who was our guide for the trip. We felt like we already knew Fredrik from "met the team" section on Blue Lizards website (http://www.bluelizar...t_the_team.html). As expected he was extremely kind, funny and extremely knowledgeable, chatting passionately about the country, wildlife, and different cultures that we would experience over the next 10 days. We arrived in Arusha (about 45 min from the airport) and to our first port of call Ilboru Safari Lodge. On the way into the lodge Fredrik spotted some monkeys. This was the first time I’ve ever seen any wildlife like this, as we don’t have this back home!! It was amazing to see the Monkeys up close, eating and playing in the trees around us. The rest of the day we spent relaxing around the swimming pool. Two of our group went with Fredrik into town, where they visited some museums and the local food market. They came back very happy, and with many nice photos. That night sleep was not easy. The night time sounds of the African bush are truly incredible. It’s a kind of silence which is not silent at all. In addition, we were so eager to experience a real African safari. Morning came and were picked up by Fredrik and his driver, Good luck to take us to a park called Tarangire National Park. Both Fredrik and Goodluck had lots to show and tell us, and the first day was kind of, how to put it, unreal! The park itself was stunning, dotted with aptly nick named upside down trees. All of us, where smiling the entire day, to the point of cheek ache!! We saw many species such as elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, lion and numerous different antelope such as Impala and waterbuck. One of the highlights was witnessing some disgruntled elephants chase away a small lion river from the river! It was so exciting to be so close and experience animals in the real bush, acting completely wild. After a great day we drove out of the park and to a camp called Maramboi Tented Camp. This camp was particularly awesome, with the “tents” standing on wooden stilts in the middle of the bush, surrounded by wildebeests and zebras. We ended the day with a sundowner on the platform veranda overlooking a large savannah plain filled with wildlife. WHAT A DAY! Woke up the next morning hoping yesterday had not all been a dream. Luckily, I realized this was my life for the next 9 days! Day two started with a drive to the Serengeti National Park. This park had been on my "to do list" for 10 years so I could barely contain my excitement. Our first day in the Serengeti, as well as the next three days, was exactly what I hoped for, if not more. I had never imagined seeing some many animals. I even managed to get a picture with more than 8 different species on it. The Serengeti is truly a magical place and one were the least conservation minded person can feel a sense of need to ensure the long term survival of so many of these species. Both Fredrik and Goodluck told us numerous facts about everything we saw and brought the health of our environment to the forefront of our thoughts. These are my top 3 highlights from Serengeti: Day 2 – We followed a lioness for about 20 minutes. She was all by herself, but as Fredrik and Goodluck explained she was heading somewhere specific. After a short time, what happened next was so unexpected and amazing. The lioness finally stopped at a large fallen tree and started to make small low pitched “grunts”. Out of nowhere 4 cubs appeared and started jumping on her and playing. They were extremely relaxed so we spent more than an hour just watching them play and being a family. Day 2 – Later the same day we came across 2 cheetah hunting. At first they didn’t seem to be very organised with the whole hunting business but, WOW, what a finish. After a maybe 100 – 140 meter chase they caught a small gazelle. They only ate a little each, before they dragged it into a nearby bush, seemingly to hide the kill from other predators and scavengers. Day 3 – Early in the morning we were driving to an area which Fredrik said was famous for leopards, yet we came never saw a leopard, as we came upon a more unusual sight!! Fredrik spotted a huge snake enjoying a rather large breakfast of gazelle, much bigger than the one the cheetahs took down the day before. How it managed it I still don’t know. Fredrik explained to us that after eating such big prey, the snake would be immobile for a time, making it very vulnerable to other predators. Still can’t believe that we actually saw that!!!! Our luck in the Serengeti added further to our unforgettable trip! Following the Serengeti and drove to Ngoro Ngoro Conservation area. We stayed at a lodge on the edge of the crater, with amazing views of the Ngoro Ngoro Crater itself. On our last day of the safari we went into the crater. The Ngoro Ngoro Crater is a very old volcano that collapsed millions of years ago, forming what today is a unique ecosystem, home to numerous species. We were again very fortunate and ended our safari with the big 5!!!We also saw lots of spotted hyaenas. Entirely misunderstood and given a bad reputation, both Fredrik and Goodluck had lots of positive things about them and they even had us on their side by the time we had left!!! Later that day we drove back to Arusha for our flight to Zanzibar, for the next 3 nights/4 days. When we landed we were greeting by an enormous hustle and bustle of people trying to take us this way and that. Finally we saw the sign with our names on it! We were driven to Jambiani on Zanzibar, where Fredrik and Blue Lizard Adventures had organised a villa for us. When we got there we were all in awe of the place, completely stunning. Crystal clear white beaches with amazing green water, just 50 meters from our own private villa, not to mention our very own private chef and waiter during our entire stay!! We had a GREAT time on Zanzibar and this was the perfect end to our safari adventure. Thank you so much to Fredrik and Blue Lizard Adventures for organising what I can only describe as the most incredible adventure of my life. http://www.bluelizar...e_tanzania.html Life is good and we should strive to keep it that way. Conservation and Education is the key.

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