Happy Families

There are few things more satisfying on safari than being the oft-envied star who spots the quarry first.

‘Virgin on the ridiculous’

Rains have leavened (the season has not started till I have employed that word) the parched plains.

‘Thou shall not trespass’

Close season - a stoic skeleton team of askaris patrols Mara Camp with diligence and propriety, unaware of their new tawny lodgers.

‘End Game’

In a few days canvas will be zipped tight, ignitions shut down and camp fires doused. Guides, staff and pretty much the whole Kicheche family will take several weeks off. Many will be exhausted from a long season.

‘Winning by a cat’s whisker’

When you win, yes win a safari and are the envy of friends, colleagues and indeed enemies, the correct protocol is surely to keep your head down and do your safari time .... quietly.

‘Top of the Bill’

Close to 20 Kicheche safaris each, perhaps our favourite son and daughter …..from Queensland …. Competitive ….? …. Never! 

‘Five Stars’

Sometimes you can only tell people so many times ...Jenny Varley has frankly spent far too long in a holding pattern before finally getting to Kicheche. She had the grace and class to tell me: 'Graham has taken more footage in the last four days than anywhere else'

‘Valley Rhapsody’

This week our favourite is Leanne Cockayne. She had had her night disturbed as some local lions (Tikki’s daughters) had brought down a zebra close to the Valley Camp massage and aromatherapy chalet.

‘And the winner is…’

This time of year is the season for gushing insincerity, contentious and lizard-like lobbying and many crocodile tears.

‘A Place in Heaven’

From last week: "I wept at the airstrip before flying out, I didn't want to leave" ... aah.... a Kicheche remainer. *