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  1. We recently returned from a 9 day/8 night trip to Tanzania in February 2017. We have had the pleasure and good fortune for this to be our 8th trip to the continent, starting with our honeymoon years ago. Our honeymoon was both a blessing and a curse. A curse in the sense that once we visited we found out we are like the many people who talked about how it gets into your blood, and how no trip will ever compare. When planning every subsequent vacation, we ask ourselves, will this live up to Africa?? In most cases we believe the answer is no, and we find ourselves facing the large expense to return. I can say, however, that we have never returned and thought that it wasn't worth every penny. Retirement is going to have to wait!! As many of you also know, the blessing of visiting Africa takes many forms. Starting with the obvious, the beautiful landscapes, the amazing wildlife that never fails to amazing and bewilder, exposure to new and wonderful foods. The understanding of new cultures, viewpoints, ways of life. Making new friends, experiencing the mishaps that inevitably occur and somehow surviving without your "stuff" for a few days. Learning to appreciate how lucky you are to have the things you have and how random life is that you were born where you were. Noticing the subtle and larger changes you make to your life after returning- maybe wasting less, helping more, just appreciating the natural world. But always returning home wondering how, when, and where we'll be able to get back!
  2. The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
  3. To start off 2017 we compiled a list of our 10 Favourite camps in Africa. There are camps in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa on the list. Of course they are not the only great places to stay but they are some of the places that have never let us down. For those of you who might be interested, here is the link
  4. The Lipault Ladies go to the Mara It was meant to be my second solo trip to Africa. Singapore had a short working week in February and I wanted to make use of it to have a longer trip. But feb is packed end to end with projects for my husband so that meant I would go alone again. As I narrowed my short list to kenya (thanks to much advice and input by the ST-ers in this thread: ), @@SafariChick jumped on board. I had originally wanted to see wild dogs in Laikipia but in the end, Laikipia didn't work out so we were happy to settle for a Masai Mara-focused trip that minimized travel to land transits between neighboring areas, and sealed a what turned out to be 9-night trip. The schedule was finalized - Feb 8 - Emakoko in Nairobi National Park for @kitsafari Feb 9 - meet @@SafariChick at Eka Hotel, Nairobi Feb 10-13 Serian Mara camp, Mara North conservancy Feb 13-16 Serian Nkorombo mobile camp, Masai Mara Reseve Feb 16-18 Mara Plains, Olare Motorogi conservancy Feb 19 - Emakoko for @@SafariChick Once we had the schedule pinned up, @@graceland jumped in, eager to relive her happy memories at Serian in Mara. So it became a threesome and it worked out marvellously as with the power of three we could command a PV at MP. Serian provides PV and guide for each tent, one of 2 big draws in clinching the deal, the other being a stay 6 and pay 4 deal. How we ended up being the Lipault ladies is something of a tale that @@graceland has to tell since she was the catalyst!
  5. Looks like I will finally be able to flip the switch on a trip this fall for more photography! I really want to support Kenya–plus, well, it's stunning–so I am returning again. Last November I did 3 nights Kicheche Laikipia, 4 Bush Camp, 4 Serian Ngare and 1 Emakoko. Ngare and Mara north was certainly my favourite but I enjoyed it all and the Kichehce camps were great. (Game was not fabulous in Ol' Pej however.) So, this time I thought I would just do the Mara (although Meru has tempted me, the extra costs of the flights will effect total time in country) I know I want to return to Ngare for 4 nights but also try Serian Nkoromobo, maybe for 2? I also want to visit Kicheche Valley camp as I am liking the descriptions of Nabiosho and would like to see that side of the conservancies. It sounds quite different ecologically. They have a 4 for 3 right now and no SS at this time, so that is also great. I am hoping I can stretch the Canadian dollar for 3 more days...and if I can, I am wondering if I just add it to both sides or spend 3 in OMC at Bush camp again? If I can only swing 2 days I would likely add one on both ends. (nkorombo and valley.) I would welcome any thoughts on Valley Camp and also on where to spend those "3" days if I can squeeze them! Looking forwad to finally taking the new photo equipment out for a proper spin! Footnote: The time frame is dictated by the drop in rates and drop of the ss in late october/early nov. Not sure I will ever get there for a crossing given the price difference. Then again, I am not a big fan of crowds either. :-) Thanks NJ
  6. I've been thinking about how to give an interesting and adventurous sounding trip report when it was, in fact, just a quick dip into the Masai Mara to get particular photos for a new collection I'm putting together for exhibition later this year. So I will just upload some photos (not the art ones, they haven't even begun to be worked on) and make some observations and not try to compete with some of the wonderful recent reports. As many of you know, my son spent 5 weeks volunteering at Alex Walker's Serian camp in the Mara thanks to Alex, Adrian and Roisin. I had planned to meet him and take him on safari as he wouldn't get many game drives during his volunteering. Initially I wanted to go to the Amboseli area to get some particular shots I wanted, however, the logistics became too difficult and expensive so that will have to wait. In the end, I took the easy way out and just headed down to Serian where Adrian and Roisin kindly let me take my son out on safari. I flew in at around 1pm and met Newton from Emakoko Lodge, rather late as I had some problems buying a phone from the Safaricom counter. The reason I decided on a night at Emakoko was because of the short duration of the trip, the fewer nights I had in a suburban atmosphere the better, and because I wanted some new black rhino photos and Nairobi National Park was my best chance on this occasion. My one mantra on this trip was to take NO tourist photos. By that I mean not taking a hundred and one photos of everything I saw, whether it was interesting or not. Some of the photos I took were, by themselves not interesting, but they were taken for a long term purpose. Of course, I failed on the first test thrown at me when we entered the East gate of NNP and I took a photo of the first thing I saw … the rear ends of departing guinea fowl. So my initial observations of NNP: It is great value and offers much to the safari visitor. The suburbs and industrial areas are becoming more and more obvious and are a distinct threat. Rains had been generous so the park looked glorious. Very big herds of hartebeest and eland … both species doing extremely well by my sightings. Many young calves. I was the only guest for my night at Emakoko, but I really liked the lodge and the location. Driving towards it you can see the villages on the southern side of the park, and at night you can see the lights from the village where the young boy with the flickering light, anti lion experiment lives. I didn't see them as they hadn't come on in time for my evening drive. So here are a handful of photos I took on the afternoon/evening drive and the following mornings drive to Wilson's. First off, an iphone photo of Emakoko as a reflection in their mirror. Also taken with my iPhone, my little cabin at Emakoko. Water lilies in one of the ponds. I saw several large herds of hartebeest but have chosen to show just one, because she posed so nicely for me. You wouldn't think that there would be any hidden or secret roads in a small, well visited park like Nairobi National Park, but surprisingly there are. Newton drove down one very small track which apparently doesn't lead anywhere but down the valley, consequently most drivers don't bother with it. We did encounter another vehicle on the track, a self driver, but they didn't linger. It was here that we spent quite some time with a rhino cow and calf. A Thomson gazelle. One of my goals was to collect photos of the industrial activity on the southern side of the park and found this very easy to do. A zebra stallion. A different zebra. Sundowners, looking towards the Ngong Hills. The following morning Newton and I left Emakoko for a game drive to Wilson's. I could have stayed longer. A rather handsome rhino bull to finish off All in all, I would highly recommend Emakoko and the Nairobi National Park for a short stay.
  7. At the end of my Alaskan Micro-safari TR this past winter, I mentioned that I was heading to Kenya in May for a taste of the Green Season on the Masai Mara. Luckily I landed in Kenya just as their epic rains ended, and had a great time and photographed many things. Here's the link: http://martinwgrosni...Africa12TR.html Sorry for the delay in writing this TR, but shortly after returning from Africa, I headed off to Iceland and another great, but totally different, safari. Unfortunately there's a downside to every wonderful safari (or two)--now I have nearly 120 GBs of images to sort through and process… (but maybe should that be !)

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