Kicheche Spot of the Week

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! 

‘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. *

Sweet Spot.

Spotters, meet Murray, no stranger to this mercurial mail-out and indeed one of Bush Camp’s favourite sons. Murray has been a regular for many years but this January has outdone himself, with a whole pick and mix of cats with their candy-faced cubs.

Royally good game drives.

The Kicheche inbox is filled with many sorts of pictorial correspondence, some of it precious, much of it delightful yet whimsical flotsam

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