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Mw Blog January 2016

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Written by Donna Duggan
We are in the throes of producing our very own birding brochure; not an easy task. We have formed a team with our best birding guides to locate, photograph and prepare key information of their 'Top 80' birds that safari-goers will hopefully have the pleasure of viewing on the northern circuit. It is time consuming as we listen, track and locate the species that we are looking for. It is frustrating when it flies away just as our lenses are poised. It is difficult to actually choose only 80 species out of so many stunning options in our favourite areas. And most of all, it is a complete thrill when everything comes together and we capture the bird and the image; ready for insertion into our brochure. We are also lucky enough to have worked with some incredible photographer who will fill in our gaps with their images, thank you guys! Look out for it when you come on safari, we are giving a free copy of our very own maps and our new birding brochures. After you have viewed the large mammals, the adrenalin rush of finding a unique bird just can't be measured. Once our birding brochure is in full production, we plan on preparing a light guide to as many birding species as we can find on the northern safari circuit. This will be our gift to those safari guides studying and training hard now - as a student, finding the funds to purchase a text book is not often possible but we can on being 'Bird Heroes' and fixing that. I'll keep you posted.

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Written by Donna Duggan
Mid-December saw us visit Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania as a family. With a size of almost 55,000 sq km, it was a daunting task to just spend 3 nights there and try to see as much as we could. We were not disappointed! We managed to cruise the Rufiji River, enjoy game drives, spot some stunning birds and partake in a massage to boot. We stayed at Serena's luxurious Mivumo River Lodge, each thatched (and air-conditioned, you need it in December!) chalet overlooking the Rufiji River with carefully selected-d├ęcor and outside shower/jacuzzi. From our balcony, we watched crocodiles stalk the waters, hippos loll about in the shallows, endless birds come and go and it must have been the times for butterflies; every colour of the rainbow. Let's not forget the leopard and other large mammals during a vehicle safari. We could have spent longer and travelled further afield, Selous was a privilege to explore. We will be back for more.

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Written by Donna Duggan
Nasikia Portfolio presents another unique and stunning property. Semi-permanently located in the far northern areas of the Serengeti, near the Nyamlumbwa Hills, Kaskaz will open it's doors this June 2016. Great preparation has gone into the location, tent design and colour palettes. They rooms are tented suites, a massive 15m long fully solar-powered for lighting and in-room charging, individual running water facilities, WiFi, in room lounges and dining areas. The location is north-eastern Serengeti, a prime and delicate rhino protection zone and in the heart of the great wildebeest migration July-October each year. The rest of the year, the menagerie of resident wildlife is abundant - especially the cats. We can't wait to have our clients experience the unique safari magic of Kaskaz!