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Stories from the Kenyan bush


February 28th 2014 - Lentorre Lodge – the first month!

puncture repairLentorre is the name of a nearby spring which flows all year round and is a popular destination for all the wildlife in the area. It is also the name of our brand new 16 bed luxury lodge.

Wow, what a project – on the surface, taking over the management of Lentorre Lodge seemed simple enough. All we had to do was get the place ship shape before our booking agents and ground handlers come to visit in mid-March… six weeks seemed a realistic figure. And then we began writing our "to do" lists….   Read more...

January 30th 2014 - The end signals the beginning

boisterous baby eleIt is a widely known fact that when one chapter ends there is always another chapter that follows. And as in all exciting novels the next chapter in our life is looking jolly exciting.

After almost a year of working at Cheli and Peacock as relief managers, it is time for Kara and myself to move on to pastures new. We have been given the incredible opportunity to run a brand new upmarket safari lodge that, right now, is still being built!   Read more...

October 30th 2013 - The mystery of the missing half Gnu!

lion on zebra killMy photo album on facebook consists of lots of elephants and even more photos of Mount Kilimanjaro but we did actually have some pretty decent predator sightings during our one month of relief management.

One afternoon I was alerted to a lion feeding on a zebra near the causeway and went over to investigate with Kara. She doesn't get out of the office very often and so this was a great opportunity for us to spend some time together out in the bush!    Read more...

28th September 2013 - Why tourists should not worry about the Westgate attacks

shabaOne week ago, just after 11 in the morning, Kara and I received news that one of the larger shopping malls in Nairobi was under attack. At first we hoped that it was just a robbery attempt that had gone wrong but then, as more news trickled through to us, we, as many Kenyans, realized the worst had actually happened! This was the beginning of the Westgate siege.

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23 August 2013 - Cheetah Kill - Lewa Safari Camp

lewaWhen Kara and I had arrived back at Lewa Safari Camp we were both surprised to find out that Norman, the assistant storekeeper had been promoted to guide and that, even with this being peak season, both Festus and Laban had been given a week off.... And to top it off, so had Albert, the head storeman, leaving just the new guy, Francis, to run the stores!

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31st July 2013 - Stevie the blind lion - Elsa's Kopje

elsa'sTook Kara, Dan the Intern and Rosie from marketing on a game drive earlier in the week. Game drives are always exciting when you don't really know your way around a place but today we had a target.... Between Meru HQ and the airstrip were two male lions. The way the guides spoke you really couldn't miss these cats..... All we had to do was find the airstrip!

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