Kicheche Spot of the Week

Just cement to be

A leopard lounges in the crook of an impossibly tortured fever tree watched by one ecstatic vehicle. A cheetah crosses a new concrete bridge. A family of seven cheetahs takes priority over a deHavilland Dash 7 on a perfectly manicured and graded Mara North airstrip.

Image Rights

Safari’s are rarely gauged by photos, nor should they be. A bush nirvana can be achieved by many resolutions.

The Generation Game

Flying to Kicheche from Brisbane is hardly a short break, regular contributor and multi alumni Bill and Babs Westbook will tell you that with over 100 Kicheche nights to their name, but meet their Queensland neighbours: the Pattearsons. A family of fourteen across three generations.

A Maasai in London

On Wednesday night, at the RGS in London, James Nampaso picked up the prestigious accolade of Best Safari Guide at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2019.

Packham High

I have not been to Kenya for a dozen years and coming back always filled me with trepidation as I had great memories from the past, not just from wildlife but also the landscapes and not least because the desperate old romantic in me always yearned for the cinematography from Out of Africa.  

Days are numbered

Meet Ian Jones, he books a miserly short stay but somehow strikes gold on every drive (not uncommon in Mara Conservancies) so it is with much loathing that Spot resorts to gauging by numerical value.   

Walking miracle

There is little or no compassion in the animal world but this does not stop our emotional bonds with animals.  

Ginger nuts

Sandy coloured, in an impossible situation, everything against it, little chance of survival in this fertile outfield, pursued across the green by the gold adversary.  

A river runs through it

It is one of the most fabled sights in nature yet the thunderous river crossings actually only make up a tiny fraction of the wildebeests and zebras long journey.

Mount Pleasant

Fig. Mating. Anyone who has truffled, trawled, plied and picked their way across Olare Conservancy's fertile plains and luggas will be familiar with this titled predator.

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! 

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