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'Rainy Season' in Zanzibar

Serenity on the Spice Island

'Rainy Season' in Zanzibar

April and May is the 'low' season on Zanzibar. The name given to this rain period by the Swahili people is 'Masika'.

The southeast monsoon - the Kusi - is blowing steadily and firmly in May, this combined with the rains gives a great natural cooling effect to the island. Far fewer tourists visit the island during this period, and many businesses close their doors for rennovations.

Rhino chic

A visit to Solio Lodge and Game Sanctuary

Rhino chic

Solio Game Sanctaury lies between the Aberdare Mountain Range and Mount Kenya in the highlands of the Laikipia plateau.
Most famous for being Kenya’s most successful Rhino Sanctuary, protecting both Black and White Rhino from poaching, and running a successful breeding program allowing for rhino to be translocated to other regions of Kenya, most recently, 10 rhino were moved to a new conservation area near Kisumu in Western Kenya.

Baringo, Bogoria, and Masai Mara

Recent safari taking in the Rift Valley and the Wildebeest Migration in the Mara

Baringo, Bogoria, and Masai Mara

A selection of photos from a recent safari that took in a lush Rift Valley, where lake levels are higher than any time in living memory, and well above the previous records from 1963.

The safari also included 4 nights in the Masai Mara where the great wildebesst migration was beginning to make it's way south towards the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Spectacular Samatian

Lake Baringo rises above historic levels

Spectacular Samatian

After four years of higher than average rainfall, Lake Baringo has risen higher than any levels recorded in living memory.

Samatian Island is lush and green, vibrant with life, with the lake level at a phenomenally high level.

The infinity pool is just that, with the lake expected to rise into the mess within days. The kitchen and two rooms are now underwater, but three rooms, and the family cottage remain well above the water level. A new kitchen has been built, and a new mess is under construction, once completed, Samatian will remain open for visitors on a self hosted basis.

Ewaso lions kill Oryx calf

Ewaso lions kill Oryx calf

A long morning game drive into Samburu National Reserve on a recent safari proved to be packed with great wildlife viewing.

A leopard with a kill up a tree, elephants wading across the Ewaso Nyiro River, a bush breakfast with a view, and some magnificent lions.

Making our way towards West Gate on our way back to Sasaab Lodge for lunch, our spotter, Eric saw a lioness in the distance on the side of the inselberg above Samburu Lodge. We moved in closer and one by one a new lion appeared until we saw there were 2 mature lionesses, with 3 of their immature offspring.