On the Trail of Giants – Life and Death in Botswana by Kaitlin Flood

It was during my first experience of solo travel that my life changed forever. The word ‘favourite’ in itself is incredibly subjective; many have expressed their surprise that this tale is my ‘favourite wildlife encounter’ when it resulted in so much chaos. But for everybody involved, our view of the world changed. We knew we had experienced something truly unforgettable. The Tuli Block in Eastern Botswana is a narrow fringe of land flanked by Zimbabwe to the north, and South Africa to the south. It’s Martian landscape of red and orange sands and rocky ‘kopjes’ (hills) suggest a barren, lifeless …

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So there is such a place at Impala Park? by John Ouko Riaga

The family week was coming to an end at my local church. To crown the week, the leadership of the Young Couples had planned for a retreat. the text directed us to the venue: “After the gate to Impala Park, drive or walk straight till you get to an open field with a banda” (Swahili for hut). I have lived in Kisumu City, the third largest town in Kenya, for the last 13 years. I can count the number of times I have visited Impala Park as a domestic tourist just to appreciate wildlife in their natural habitat. Most of …

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On the wild side by Katie the Tourist

My favourite wildlife moment has to be when I got to witness a baby giraffe being born at my local zoo. About a year ago my favourite animal was of course the giraffe – they’re totally adorable and a fascinating creature. The enclosure offered opportunities to meet giraffes and help out for a while with them. I was super excited but I was never ever to imagine what would happen when I was there! The experience started out as any normal meet the animals tour. I went through the jobs for the day, met the keepers and learned a lot! …

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The Most Beautiful Night of My Life by Blupi Jess

Once. A very long long time ago I visited the most beautiful place on Earth. This place had water and sand, and air. People and the stars and strangeness. It all started in a game of cards round a much too low table with a bottle of cheap gin and not enough tonic. Four of us, two pairs trundled out into the night to inhale some intoxicants and see what we found. What we found was pure, endless, beauty. We approached the river-beach in the nighttime and watched as the water and stars spread across the wide open landscape like …

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The Ol Pejeta Experience by Anthony Ochieng Onyango

Over the weekend, Paul, Jabez , James and I decided to pay the Grevy Zebras and Samburu Giraffe a visit at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, during the Great Grevy Zebra Rally. After, having our breakfast in a ‘Kibandasky’ (a local hotel,) in Nanyuki town, we set out for the journey that took us approximately fifteen minutes. The rangers at the gate checked our belongings to make sure we were not planning anything mischievous, but really, we had cameras and the maasai shuka in the bag. The first animals we met were the tall men and women in the Wild Life Kingdom. …

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Orcas in the mist – by Rachael Barber

September 2013 found me sitting in a kayak, the smooth silky water a fingertip away and a huge grey boulder of the rocky shoreline towering behind me. The rock was pot marked with yellowish, reddish and orangey brown lichen, with brown bull kelp tickling where it plunged into the crystal clear water, continuing to the darkening depths covered in urchins and anemones. Beyond it the deep green trees of the forest were shrouded by fog. Ahead the fog crowded in close, sea and sky merged. In the near distance a motor boat chugged. We waited. Patiently. Well mostly. The handheld …

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Finding Love in Hope, a Baby Elephants’ Story – by Kevin Lunzalu

30th August 2018 remains my favorite wildlife moment. I arrived at the David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage by 10 AM, one hour before the stipulated entry time. So I started looking around for something to do, occasionally playing hide and seek with a squirrel that had noticed how idle I was and came to share company. Our games, however, did not go down well with a cat which was quietly stalking an African hoopoe in the nearby bushes. The cat needed maximum silence if it was to have breakfast that day. The hoopoe, who I imagined was in her early 20s, …

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How plan to fight terrorism gave birth to rhino sanctuary – by Njenga Hakeenah

As a nature lover, hearing about rhinos in Kenya and the tragedy that befell the country when 11 of these odd-toed ungulates died after a botched translocation in July 2018 is traumatising. Before this, the only surviving Northern White Rhino male christened Sudan died of old age in March. This dealt a blow to continued efforts by scientists to breed the grazers and continue the lineage. There’s never been a sadder moment for me. Knowing that my children may never know a rhino or an elephant in real life is devastating. The wanton destruction of Kenya’s heritage is robbing the …

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