It has been a wonderful start to 2013
In Tanzania great rains have turned the Serengeti plains a vivid green, which has brought the great migration teaming back to the Ndutu area in preparation for the phenomenal spectacle of the gnu calving. Around 10,000 calves are born each day for a period of 3 weeks in February. Our guests are marveling at one of the greatest shows on earth!
Our new tents have been in non-stop action this season and all our guests have loved the extra space, interior design and décor. Our chefs continue producing outstanding food and our staff create a welcoming atmosphere making your bush experience a truly comfortable one.
As we look forward to safaris later in the year we are very excited to announce a walking safari that focuses on exploring a stunning 60 km section of the Great Ruaha River. This area has only just been added to Ruaha National park and is a true wilderness and very few people ever get the opportunity to see the area. Combine this with a camp in the more traditional game viewing areas of the park and you have a stunning 10 – 14 day safari.
Also we are proud to announce an association with the Born Free Foundation, which has a unique and very special history. The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity founded by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers following their starring roles in the classic film Born Free. The film told the true story of George and Joy Adamson´s fight to return Elsa the lioness to the wild. Today, led by their son Will Travers, the Foundation is devoted to wild animal welfare and compassionate conservation, working to save animal lives, stop suffering, rescue individuals and protect rare species. This charity is determined to end captive animal exploitation, phase out zoos and keep wildlife in the wild. We take action for lions, elephants, gorillas, tigers, wolves, bears, dolphins, turtles and much more. Born Free works with local people to find solutions to help people and wildlife live together without conflict.
To support the foundation, all our new safari guests will receive a one year membership to the Born Free Society. Donations can also be made at: www.bornfree.org.uk
Meanwhile in New Zealand we haven´t had a drop of rain in two months, so our tours are being blessed with one of the best summers on record. With all this sunshine the waters have been crystal clear making for fantastic whale, albatross and dolphin viewing. Stunning trekking weather and those long hot nights have been ideal for bbq´s on the beach with a fine NZ wine. We still have a couple of wonderful summer months left so there is still time to book a last minute tour or get organized for 2014.
2012 ended on the highest note with Ashley and myself marrying on December 27th in Boston in a wonderful intimate family wedding, made all the more special having our three children, Jake, Jess and Zinnia all there to celebrate with us.
Looking forward to seeing you on safari soon.