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Help save Tanzania’s woodlands by sponsoring a bee-keeping project

Alamnyak Thaddeu has big plans for a bee-keeping project in his Loiborsoit community in Tanzania.

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From the wildlife to the experience to the landscapes. The Maasai Mara is just a spectacular place to be. This is #WhyILoveKenya

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Join us on a “WOW” pictorial journey through Kenya.

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The heart warming story of two orphaned elephants

Over the last month the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has welcomed two new orphaned elephants, rescued from well and a herd of cattle

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David brought the birds in faster than we could keep up with!

Kenya’s magical forest – the Arabuko Sokoke

Jeremy sets out birding in Arabuko Sokoke forest, a fragile green jewel of Kenya’s coastline.

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Where is the lion’s eye?

Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

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A rare melanistic serval sighting

Africa Geographic encounters a rare melanistic serval in Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park.

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Governor’s guide to July in the Masai Mara

With the great migration is on it’s way to the Masai Mara things have been stirred up at Governer’s Camp, with an explosion of fantastic game sightings.

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Satao suspected killers arrested

Three suspects have been arrested by Kenya Wildlife Services rangers in Mackinon in relation with the killing of Satao.

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Why I love Kenya

Porini Camps reflect on the many things that make Kenya special.

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South Africans now need visas for Kenya

The Government of the Republic of Kenya has with effect from 1st July 2014 decided to introduce visas for South African nations who wish to visit Kenya.

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Kenya’s biggest elephant killed by poachers

Satao, the world’s biggest elephant, is dead. Satao, who was killed by poachers at Tsavo East National Park, in southeast Kenya and was celebrated as one of the last surviving great tuskers.

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June Kenya travel security update

An update on travel to Kenya and security concerns regarding travel to Lamu.

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Kenya travel security update

Following recent developments in Kenya here is an update on the present situation for those interested in travelling to the country.

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Lioness gored by buffalo horn lives to see another day

Lioness Siena from the Marsh Pride of lions in the Masai Mara was badly injured on her left lower flank by a buffalo horn. Without intervention it is certain that Siena would not have survived this injury and her cubs would also have been in jeopardy.

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Founder of Ewaso Lions awarded

Shivani Bhalla, a fourth-generation Kenyan who founded Ewaso Lions in 2007, has been awarded the 2013 Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation.

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Elephants cross highway using new underpass

When is a tunnel not a tunnel? When it’s a trunk road. This tunnel, which connects two wilderness areas in Kenya, has just opened and for the first time elephants have been spotted using it.

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A hidden gem in bustling Nairobi

Not venturing too far from home, Aleema decides to re-explore a place she had not been to in many years; The Nairobi National Park.

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Life sentence for poachers

The Kenyan parliament has passed a new bill that calls on a life sentence as punishment for wildlife poachers.

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Keeping it light and keeping it wild…

A selection of funny animal pictures from Porini Camps in Kenya.

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Amboni Caves and Lake Chala

Ovelanders Patrick an Chloe visit Lake Chala and the Amboni Caves in Tanzania.

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Hanging out with the Maasai

A young boy’s experience in Kenya – meeting the Maasai and hanging with his dad, a wildlife photographer.

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The front line of lion conservation

The radio crackles, a dusty message. Not good news – the Maasai are hunting lions. The cats have reportedly broken into a boma overnight and killed 40 shoats (sheep/goats) and a cow. The loss is devastating to the family involved.

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15 Lion facts, brought to you by Porini Camps, Kenya

1. Panthero leo is one of 4 big cats – the others being tigers, jaguars and leopards. 2. The lion is the second largest cat after the tiger, with males weighing up to 250kg and females up to 180kg. Despite

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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Original source: bushboundgirl.com Braving a night-time walk in Laikipia, Kenya, I made my way down a little dirt path through the camp. Suddenly I froze. In the light of my torch shone two little blazing eyes, unblinking, gleaming at me

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Through the amazing country of Kenya…

Upon arrival in Kenya, everyone was excited to see what this magnificent country had to offer. We camped at the border town and began the “Meltdown Madness” section of the TdA tour the following day, which has been known to

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Kenya: A Maasai cattle farmer with his herd, his most important possession. The animals represent wealth and are used as a form of currency.

Aerial portfolio: Experience Africa from above

Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and the Seychelles: these are the magical places photographer Martin Harvey visited and immortalised in his aerial portfolio ‘Africa from Above’. Here’s an appetiser for what awaits you in the current issue of Africa Geographic. For Martin

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Rest day in Yabello, then on to the Kenyan border..

The ride into Yabello and the rest day became known as the toughest of the trip. I know I keep saying that, but this day of off-road cycling and other factors such as a strong head wind and climbing made

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Painted Pink: Flamingos in Kenya’s Rift Valley

Kenya’s Rift Valley is a wonderland in its own right. When its masses of flamingos take to the air, every visitor catches his breath and reaches for his camera. Spectacularly pink in colour and oddly shaped atop tall, bald, stilted

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Anti Poaching Protest in Mombasa, Kenya

No wildlife, no Tourism

Written by: Karim Kara With the current devastating poaching situation in Kenya and Africa as a whole, Non Governmental groups and conservation bodies, supported by bands of individuals singing the same song, marched the streets of Mombasa chanting “Protect our

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Africa’s Top 6 Travel Stories of 2012

With the close of 2012, and the 10th edition of Safari having just been released, we look back to some of our most favourite travel stories from the last year. 1. Magnificent Mara Africa Geographic founder Peter Borchert experienced the

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Richard Turere: Young Wildlife Hero

Richard Turere hates African lions, yet this thirteen-year-old Kenyan has become one of the wildlife heroes protecting African lions. Like most village boys his age, Richard is responsible for safeguarding his family’s livestock. “We are enemies, “ he says about the large-cat

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10 Gifts from Africa this Christmas

1. Kanga from Kenya The kanga is a colourful piece of cotton cloth, worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa. The fabric is painted with pretty Arabic-style patterns, and along the one edge there is always a printed message in Swahili

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The Maasai Mzee

By Shem Compion While in the heart of Maasailand one morning, I  saw this Maasai Mzee (Elder) some 100m away on a walk, and immediately knew I wanted to photograph him. My Masai friend introduced us and the chatting started.

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15 remarkable photos that will make you pine for Kenya!

After returning from Kenya, photographer Marius Coetzee showed us his photographs from the safari and we all became instantly and painfully jealous. Here’s a selection from the album to make you also ache for this remarkable part of Africa. Share

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Competition Winner, Debbie Roberts

Nomad Competition Winner!!

The Safari team is delighted to announce Debbie Roberts as our Nomad Overlanding Competition winner! Debbie, from Zambia, will soon be off on a two-week overland adventure through Kenya and Uganda, compliments of Nomad Africa Adventure Tours. [quote]I entered the

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Ten Mind-Blowing Mara Migration Moments, number one

10 Mind-Blowing Moments from the Great Mara Migration

By: Jay P. Ross, Omaha, Nebraska (USA) My girlfriend and I recently visited the Masai Mara, a 583 square mile national reserve near the equator in southwest Kenya.  We timed our trip to coincide with the annual Great Migration, a

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An African Love Story, Dame Daphne Sheldrick

An African Love Story

Blogger Lori Robinson so enjoyed the warm, passionate autobiography of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust in Kenya, that she reviews it here for you. An African Love Story is Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick’s memoir about how love

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Weekly Wanderlust: Kenya's Lamu Island

Every Friday, as the working week draws to a close, my mind starts to wander off to far away lands and I sit here and salivate over exotic, come-get-me-now locations. Instead of dribbling and drooling all to myself, I’ve decided

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6 Reasons to go to Kenya’s Rock-Rollicking Rift Valley Festival

Here’s why you should boogie-on-down with the bongos and birds, sounding-off on the shores of Lake Naivasha… 1. The festival takes place along the waters of Kenya’s Lake Naivasha, which means you can get foot loose and fancy free beside

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Saddle up for Kenya’s Camel Derby

With the Olympics coming to a close, Kenya’s competitive spirit has turned to next weekend’s annual camel derby. The event promises to be a hump-jerking contest, bringing colour and action to the remote desert outpost of Maralal. This year celebrates the

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5 point Guide to Understanding the Great Wildebeest Migration

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest have begun to surge across the mighty Mara River, in a migration crossing that is truly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. Often portrayed as an event that takes place annually around the month

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Visiting Save the Elephants in Kenya

The gunshot makes no sound. I’m only sure it’s been fired when the matriarch’s knees buckle under the weight of her one and a half-ton elephant mass. “In this kind of operation every minute matters,” the vet tells us. “No

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Fascinating encounter between a fish eagle and monitor lizard

By Simon Moore This incident occurred in late March on the bank of the Mara River. A large catfish had died and was floating in the river. An immature fish eagle was standing on what looked like a rock in

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I do Africa: Luchi the Kenyan beach boy

We met Hassan Luchi two years ago during our first visit to Kenya on a beach in Tiwi, just outside of Mombasa. Back then we helped him out a bit but weren’t really able to do much and sadly we

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Kenya: where Princess Elizabeth became a Queen

Sixty years ago, in February 1952, Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth learnt of her accession to the throne while in Kenya. Princess Elizabeth was just twenty-six years old, and had travelled to Africa along with her husband Prince Phillip. It

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Maasai Warriors

Safari in style

One of the most spectacular wildlife shows on the planet can be seen in the Masai Mara where the rolling green plains dotted with lone acacia trees play host to an astonishing amount of wild animals. A welcoming party was

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