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Writing from the porch of our tent perched upon the Ewaso Ng’iro River, flowing red and rapidly through the campsite swollen from the previous night’s rain up river. Despite the continued drought with loss of animal life and much detriment to the human life in this part of the high country.

 

Here in this magical and tranquil prairie surrounded by mountains, luminous soils and canyons and billowing clouds life has adapted to less water than in other parts of the country. Doum palms silhouetted against a multihued sky provide a desert theme. Male lions have very short mains since the average air temperature midday is too hot to support a full blanket of fur around their massive heads. Many animals derive their water from the food that they consume. Read More »

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From Jenni: So often in our travels we encounter cultures and communities of very poor people living on the rim of subsistence. No shoes, no fresh water, no electricity and very little food, no medical attention. This is not to say that their cultures aren’t rich. Read More »

We were pleased to visit the imbali visual literacy project store located in the Museum Africa building in Johannesburg. Most items are made from simple or recycled materials. The originality, fine craft, and design of the wares are superb! We were shocked at the elegance, capriciousness, and quality of the items featured which are shown in Michael’s photos. Read More »

Hello from Jenni! Picture the tawny rolling grassy hills of South Africa, strains of Ladysmith Black Mombasa playing in the background and a dozen five month old lion cubs, half of them white, with their massive paws around your neck, licking up and down your arms, nibbling on your skirt and you have an idea of the glorious endowment provided us as we were welcomed into this vast and gracious country. Read More »

Early morning bush walk in Kruger National Park tracking a lion with a jolly guide…

I began these notes while sitting on the banks of the Letaba River. A herd of steenbok are grazing around me and occasionally one of the older drooling females comes over looking for a handout. Story of my life …

Letaba Camp Kruger National Park South Africa

March 2005

I began these notes while sitting on the banks of the Letaba River. A herd of steenbok are grazing around me and occasionally one of the older drooling females comes over looking for a handout. Story of my life.

Theree’s an ibis walking around the lawn and a lone elephant is playing in the river. I arrived at the Letaba Camp from Oliphants Camp earlier this afternoon. Along the way, I passed a kill in progress. There were two eagles, a Bateleur and a Wahberg, taking apart a snake.

By the time I arrived there was not enough of the snake left to determine its type. After about 5 minutes of watching the eagles eight vultures showed up, White Backed and a Lappet-faced vulture. The White Backed is the most beautiful in the vulture family but that’s relative. Within seconds what remained of the snake was gone.

So far I’ve been on three bush walks. Bush walks are a pleasant surprise because last year when I went to the Masai Mara I could never leave the vehicle but it is allowed here when accompanied by armed guides. Read More »