Africa is a wondrous part of the world filled with wild places just waiting to be explored. In Swahili, safari means ‘journey’ and for the rest of this year we are travelling across eastern and southern Africa on a journey of discovery.
We spent most of last year living in the Masai Mara where we conducted a research project on wildlife tourism and conservation. Having lost our hearts to Africa, we want to travel in a way that gives back to the local people and places we visit.
As we go along we are writing and photographing stories about responsible travel, conservation and community development, working on assignment for various publications.
We are going to be visiting hospitals, schools and clinics, meeting mountain gorillas in the Congo, walking with lions at Victoria Falls, exploring the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe), doing a sleep-out horseback safari in the Namib desert, diving with whale sharks in Mozambique, and much, much more.
After arriving in Nairobi we rushed around collecting camping gear, getting our car ready for some serious off-road driving and filling out a pile of paperwork. When we needed a break from the dust and traffic jams we went wildlife spotting in Nairobi National Park, browsed the colourful curio markets and got a somewhat sticky kiss from a rare Rothschild’s giraffe at the Langata Giraffe Centre.
We stayed in a safari tent at Wildebeest Camp, our usual stopover whenever we are in Nairobi that is run by a friendly Australian family with two playful dogs. A garden oasis in the city, we met people from all walks of life while enjoying a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle.
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We are now heading for the Loita Hills to an eco-camp where you can walk with the Maasai. Time to get our boots dirty!
Marcus and Kate Westberg are a writer/photographer team travelling across eastern and southern Africa. For more stories and photographs from Marcus and Kate, please visit Life Through a Lens
Find out more about Wildebeest Camp