Warts and all

No doubt you remember the new lion pride in Laikipia which our Northern guides recently discovered .... lions seem to be King right now ...

The Reeve’s Tale

By Simon Reeve It can be hard to fully understand a creature unless you encounter it in its natural environment. The same can be true of friends.

‘Barklife’

Yes I know it is Bill Westbrook again and if this either vexes or irks you, please bear in mind Spot's portals are always gaping for fresh photographic meat and titillating story-lines.

‘Who’s the Daddy?

Wildlife is never measured analytically, it is only rarely about accumulation and should never be about boorish point scoring. For a moment though pity Nelson Kasoe, a Bush Camp guide not without a good sprinkling of Kicheche stardust.

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!