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Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

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My husband called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when we lived in the Middle East and I wrote on subjects like ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to Dubai prepared me for bargaining for beads at a Mara village in Kenya. At the end of our visit to the ...

A Cultural Visit to a Maasai Village in the Masai Mara

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If these guys get any closer to my camera they’re going to be smack up against my lens, I think as I desperately try to keep the image in focus. We're on a cultural visit to a Maasai village close to the Sarova Mara in the Masai Mara and I’m filming the Maasai warriors, resplendent in vibrant red ...

Ten Seconds with a Leopard at the Masai Mara

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Our safari guide, Edward, is his usual cheery self when we meet at 6.15am for an early morning game drive. As Edward has already shown us the Big Five — the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino — on the previous two days’ drives, he is determined to show us some hippos today. We are following ...

A Nature Walk in the Masai Mara with a Maasai Warrior

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While going on safari is the main reason to come to the Masai Mara, there is more to do than game drives. The Maasai guides at the Sarova Mara offer nature walks – short one-hour walks in the forest within the Sarova Mara, and longer walking safaris in the reserve. As we had signed up ...

On Safari in the Masai Mara

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Late in the afternoon of our first day on safari in the Masai Mara, we take our first ‘proper’ game drive into the national park – the awesome wildlife spotting I described in an earlier post took place just on the drive from the airport to the Sarova Mara Game Camp! Seconds after we leave ...

African Safari Tips

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I had read so much advice on safaris before coming to the Masai Mara – when to go, what to wear, what to take, what to do, etc. However, some of the African safari tips were conflicting. Nearly everything I read said to wear camouflage safari clothes to blend in, yet a few people we ...

More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach

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It should come as no surprise to our readers that we’re fond of monkeys. Both in Bali and in Costa Rica we had close encounters with the primate kind. But we’re in Kenya, where it’s all about the Big Five, right? Not entirely... More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach On our drive to our holiday rental at ...

Wine Tasting on a Wine Tour in Cape Town’s Winelands

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“We've been making Cape wine for three centuries, since 1659, and we’ve been exporting it to Europe since 1761,” our guide Carl tells us. “Wine is now our number one agricultural export, yet ironically South Africans have traditionally been beer drinkers!” We've just left Cape Town and are on our way to the Winelands to ...

Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

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I am, perhaps, the least ‘African’ person I know. However, I do, for a very white guy have rhythm enough to play rhythm and bass guitar and drums without embarrassing myself. Dancing, however, is another matter altogether… All the same, coming to Africa as a musician is intimidating and on our way to my African ...

Touring Cape Town’s Townships and Learning the Meaning of Ubuntu

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Faldela, during our Cape Malay cooking class, had already taught us the meaning of Ubuntu – sharing, interconnectedness, being open and available – and we would see it in action during a day spent touring Cape Town's townships. There was no question about it. To really get beneath the skin of the place, we had ...