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Miles Nolting in Kenya and Tanzania

Miles in Southern Tanzania

Arrived on a scheduled charter flight from the Serengeti directly to Ruaha.  The dry season, June-November, is the best time to visit the park, when game is concentrated along the Ruaha River including great populations of elephant.

Kwihala Camp, located in the north of Ruaha National Park, is built on a hillside and enjoys views of Mwagusi basin with wonderful sunrises and sunsets.

Baby yellow baboon, giraffe drinking and greater kudu.

Grey Kestrel

So far the three days have been very good, meeting my expectations.  Perhaps the best night drive I’ve been on; Lion killing a baby bushbuck in front of our eyes.  Watching not 1, but 2 Servals for a solid fifteen minutes (they didn’t catch anything, but still).  Followed by a genet scurrying around a tree, for a solid minute, appearing to try and find some bird nests.  Oh and two bat eared foxes!

Jabali Ridge was our second location in the heart of Ruaha and close to the core game viewing area of the Mwagusi River. The camp features eight suites hidden among the rocky boulders and serves the most delicious meals. Best of Tanzania! The infinity pool was most welcome during the heat of the day.

It was here we had the most incredible sighting of where a leopard brought impala up a baobab tree, the male lion followed, sat at the bottom of the tree waiting for the leopard to come down and/or impala fall down.

And then this sequence…worth a watch of the video

My final destination was the Selous, the second largest game reserve in Africa, nearly four times the size of the Serengeti. They reserve has received some recent rain and we found a pack of Africa wild dogs enroute from the airstrip.

Roho ya Selous is ideally located in the heart of the Selous and close to the water that links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera. This is the core game viewing area of the Selous. A great camp to set out on foot tracking wildlife and strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.

I am sad to be leaving the magic of Tanzania!

Miles in Northern Tanzania

Tarangire is the third largest national park in Tanzania. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing all but the elephants feeding beneath them.

Little Oliver’s is located inside the southern region of the park on an elevated ridge overlooking a flood plain.
Great variety of my sightings in Tarangire

At Ngorongoro Highlands we visited a local Maasai boma community enroute to Empakaai Crater. We hiked through the forest down to the flamingos on the crater floor.  This area is characterized by highland plateau, volcanic mountains, and the numerous craters.

The Highlands Ngorongoro is located on the slopes of Olmoti Crater
A guarantee on the crater floor, are sightings of lion and Hippo

Onward to the southern Serengeti Plains, and a sighting of tree climbing lionesses.  Finishing with a sunset.

Ubuntu Migration, located in Kusini region was our first night’s rest. This is a seasonal camp that moves locations a few times a year.

Continued the next day through to Namiri Plains, This area is big cat territory and had an amazing sighting of cheetah.  Wish we had an additional night there to have a proper game drive!

I agree with this stunning camp’s inclusion in our AAC list of top 20 lodges for 2020. Namiri Plains is gorgeous, elegant but not over the top. The modern aesthetic they chose was really nice. The golden browns and the slates just integrate so well with the surrounding milieu.

Departed on a scheduled flight from Seronera airstrip to Kogatende airstrip.  Afternoon game drive turned up a beauty of a leopard.

Sayari Camp is based in the northern region of the park, a gem of an area that is off the beaten path.
A remarkable sighting of lion stalking, and taking down a zebra off in the distance! This central Serengeti landscape is amazing.
Meeting up with Ephata Lotashu, a top AAC guide, was an added bonus sighting between Ubuntu and Namiri!

Miles in Chyulu Hills, Kenya

ol Donyo has spectacular views of Mt. Kiilmanjaro and the Amboseli plains from the location in the Chyulu Range of hills

The lodge blends contemporary design with the rich culture of the Maasai

Some of Africa’s last big tusker elephants roam freely, and lions co-exist in the landscape.

Activities include morning and afternoon/evening game drive, guided bushwalks, mountain biking and horse riding.

Campi Ya Kanzi is located in the “Green Hills of Africa”, a Maasai wilderness.

This classic camp is forever in style; a safari with character and genuine experiences.

Community and conservation – an anual lease fee and a per person conservancy fee go directly to the Maasai community to ensure conservation of both these conservancies.

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