Our international flight from London was to Nairobi where we stayed overnight at Serena Hotel. From there next morning we left for Amboseli which was a 4-hour drive. At Amboseli we stayed at the Serena Safari Lodge which is right inside the park on a higher plateau. The view from the lodge was fabulous and we […]
Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino, died aged 45 in March 2018 in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. In December his keeper, Zacharia Mutai, spoke about the rhino’s life and legacy. Only two female northern white rhinos now survive.
1st Place, Wildlife by Pim Volkers. It was early morning when I saw the wildebeests crossing Tanzania’s Mara River. The layering of dust, shade, and sun over the chaos of wildebeests kicking up water gives this picture a sense of mystique and allure. It’s almost like an old painting—I’m still compelled to search the detail […]
If Arusha was the National Park of the Giraffe, then Tarangire was the National Park of the Elephant. That said we went a long time without seeing any as we headed through the park. In the late morning, Ian requested a stop and we backed up to see two Elephants just disappearing into thick bush […]
My first visit to Africa was in Nov 2016. Ninan and I decided to travel to Entebbe for an East African tour. Our friend Fazal who was based at Congo during that period, was the man behind that tour also. We had a week long drive through Uganda and Rwanda covering many places which changed […]
Lagonosticta rubricata The shy African Firefinch is a tiny (11cm, 10g) seedeater inhabiting humid thickets in savanna and riverine woodland. They are usually seen in pairs or small groups. Pairs are monogamous and the male is responsible for the building of the small ball-shaped grass-nest in a densely-leaved bush or dense grass during the […]
I was lucky enough to “meet” elephants at a very young age. And see many through my childhood and teens. Above: elephant orphanage, Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, c.1960. R. to l. Three baby elephants, orphaned after their mother was killed by a poacher, yours truly (with white socks if you please), my mother, and little […]