Category Archives: Wonderful

It isn’t what you have, it’s how you use it…

Sometimes you just need to look at something to know that there’s a mismatch. If I asked you to pick the winner between Mohammed Ali and Mary Poppins over 10 rounds for example, most I believe would select the former, even if the latter was allowed to use her umbrella. But sometimes it doesn’t work out as you would think.

On a recent visit to the Masai Mara I was enjoying a medicinal beer during the afternoon with a mate, while we watched 4 baby hippos try to take on a goose. The Camp, The Karen Blixen, overlooks a meander in the river where a pod of hippos lives. (It is a pod of hippos, maybe because they all lie tightly together like peas in a..) All the mums were asleep and the baby hippos decided it was time to establish who was boss to a lone goose on the water’s edge.

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I hope I don’t get that goose served up to me this Christmas as that is one tough goose…

Lions for dinner

Everybody wants to see lions when they go on safari. Ideally, they would like to see lions making a kill but this is a fairly rare occurrence. Not so for clients staying at the Kicheche Bush Camp in the Masai Mara, Kenya at the end of September. Having returned from a day of game-watching they were just showering or enjoying a cool sundowner in the bar, when lions chased a wildebeest through camp, past the camp fire before catching it beside the adjacent safari vehicle park. The clients met for dinner in the Mess tent as usual (accompanied by armed Masai guards!) and watched the lions eating and watching them eating. Seems only fair really.