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Mw Blog January 2017

Written by Donna Duggan
The migration is in full swing in the central and southern plains of the Serengeti, with smaller herds spread to the Maswa Game Reserve and into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at Ndutu. The concentrations were especially noticed with large herds at Moru Kopjes from Duma Ranger post to OlBaye, and again from Hidden Valley to the plains near Matiti. The bulging bellies of many of the females looks to be shaping up for a magnificent calving season this year. The Ndutu area is very dry, so with the next rainfall hopefully in the coming weeks, we expect to see the numbers swell and concentrate there very soon.

Written by Donna Duggan
Everyone told us that a trip to Namibia in December was going to melt us—and while we did feel the heat in Sossusvlei, the temperature was much more pleasant than we expected. We explored the incredible ‘rusted’ dunes of the Namib-Naukluft, the steep and tanned dunes of Sandwich Harbour, the ancient landscapes and petrified forests of Damaraland, the open pan of Etosha—not forgetting the larger cities of Windhoek and Swakopmund. Augustinus taught us much with cheeky stories of his upbringing and bushlores. The traditional people of Namibia are stunning; both physically and from their hearts

Written by Donna Duggan
An early morning arrival into Kigali and the streets were already awash with people going about their daily chores. No wonder this city seems so organized and clean. This phenomenon was overshadowed by a gut-wrenching visit to the Genocide Memorial watching and listening to personal accounts of the tragedies of 1994. Over two decades later, and Rwanda is healing through their commitment to increasing and improving tourism via surreal interactions with the Mountain Gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, witnessing the mischievous acrobatics of the Golden Monkeys and listening to the intriguing stories of historical Rwanda; drumming, dancing, traditional medicine, weaving, butter churning and story-telling of their royal history. All these experiences shared by the ex-poaching communities at Kinigi, Volcanoes NP and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Centre. Rwanda is magnificent—every single rolling hill of it!

Written by Donna Duggan
Ever been woken up by a constant grunt, groan, bleat and the general noise-making of a massive wildebeest herd? It almost becomes white noise, but when you mix it with the chatter of the honeyguides, the songs of the larks, the roars of the lion pride, the cackling of hyaenas, the honking of the zebras and the sun rising over the kopjes ahead—this is when you know you are truly on safari in Africa. This is the real thing. These are the sights and sounds happening this week at Naona Moru Camp. Located right next to the Moru Kopjes of central Serengeti, the wildlife viewing from migration herds en masse to a solitary black rhino take your breathe away. It seems cliché to say ‘you had to be there to really know how it feels’, but this is a location where it rings truest. Nasikia Camps, always in the heart of the action.