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Mw Blog February 2017

Written by Donna Duggan
So far February has been full of surprises—are the main herd masses in the Ndutu marsh area or plains preparing for calving? No, not that we have seen. While there are scatterings of wildebeest in Ndutu, Maswa and Gol Plains, the main herds have been mulling around Moru! The grassy plains around the kopjes and the fresh waters of the nearby Mbalageti River tributary have provided too much nourishment so far, so here they may stay. As we see more dark clouds gather on the horizon, we do expect some changes in the coming week or so to what so far has been an unusual ‘migration’ start to the year.

Written by Donna Duggan
We were grateful to be able to spend some time in Singita’s Grumeti Reserve in late February—and wow, what a place! With a couple of night’s at Sasakwa Lodge and one night at Faru Faru Lodge, we felt thoroughly spoilt and in awe of our surroundings. From a room with a view across the plains, to watching the swirling river waters rise on the Grumeti, a night game drive and spotting this female leopard with her sole cub. The two were so relaxed, playful, returning for a snack on their kill in a tree nearby and literally posing for photos. What a way to spend a morning! Thank you to the team up there, it’s magical!

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Written by Donna Duggan
It was time for our Guide of The Year, Muba Mkwepo, to accept his award. Nas took him for a week to Zimbabwe; Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. They enjoyed high tea with old world charm at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a lunch and inspection at Elephant Camp and then to Hwange National Park. Somalisa Camp was there destination, and their guide was long time friend and collague, Lewis Mangaba. Others at the airstrip were amazed at the romantic run across the runway into each others arms! They enjoyed game driving, walking safaris and a sit by the waterhole as the elephants wandered by for a drink to quench their thirst. Thank you African Bush Camps, we will be back!

Written by Donna Duggan
There is nothing quite so spectacular in the natural world than a fiery African sunset. It truly looks like a ball of hot pink, wild red and burning orange magnificence that just sinks and dissipates on the horizon. It is just one of those moments in life where you will always relay a ‘remember when’ story to friends and family. The experience is always enhanced at Nasikia Camps when you throw a few things into the mix: a good gin & tonic and the soothing rhythm of the staff as they sing, clap and dance the day away. Priceless!