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Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp

Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp is as close to nature as you can get. It’s a return to the simplicity and authenticity of safari life but with a thoroughly modern sensibility and freshness about it. It’s camping but without having to forfeit the creature comforts or attentive service that are intrinsic to a Singita experience. A key difference with a mobile tented camp is that it can be moved directly into the path of the annual migration or to a particularly scenic location in the reserve depending on the season, the weather and movement of gameVast and unspoilt, there is a sense of immense, unending space at SingitaGrumeti, a private concession spanning 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness in northern Tanzania. Here, Singita operates a handful of properties, each one strategically located to give guests the best opportunity of experiencing the annual migration together with unrivalled sightings of high concentrations of game throughout the year.  Singiti Explore Mobile Tented Camp is close to nature as you can get. It’s a return to the simplicity and authenticity of safari life but with a thoroughly modern sensibility and freshness about it. It’s camping but without having to forfeit the creature comforts or attentive service that are intrinsic to a Singita experience.

Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp

 Nights under canvas at  Singita Explore offer a level of privacy and exclusivity that meets a growing demand amongst global travellers for fluid, flexible schedules that doesn’t have to be shared with anyone else and, in fact, don’t feel like schedules at all. All the tents have luxurious, layered interiors by Cécile & Boyd’s inspired by safari’s most dependable workhorse, the Land Rover. As enchanting as they are practical, each tent has an en suite bathroom with a hot bucket shower and a flush toilet. Attention to detail, from ample throws and cushions to books and deliciously scented bathroom amenities, enhances the sense of luxury, generosity and comfort. With a private guide, chef, camp host and camp staff, activities can be arranged on a whim, game drives may be as long or as short as you choose, and interactive bush walks or a horseback safari can easily be arranged too. For families, especially multi-generational parties, the awe and wonder attached to each new discovery in the bush create precious bonds and priceless shared memories.  Singita Explore has six spacious guest tents and two large tents for dining and relaxation.  As few as two people can book one camp and have complete privacy while a second camp can be set up elsewhere in the reserve for a separate party. Everything about the camp is designed for minimal energy consumption with little environmental impact. The benefit of a mobile tented camp is that it can be moved directly into the path of the annual migration or depending on movement of game.

Unique Safaris: See the Serengeti on Horseback

  

For equestrian enthusiasts, there must be no more thrilling adventure than experiencing the great wildebeest migration on horseback. With this year’s event now in full swing, the stables at Singita Sasakwa Lodge have been extremely busy preparing the horses for daily outrides with guests to witness the influx of animals. These rides are completely tailored to guests’ needs and skill level, usually lasting several hours. In addition to the herds of plains game, it is not uncommon to spot giraffe, eland, buffalo, zebra and elephant on these rides.

Moving on horseback allows you to penetrate herds of zebra and giraffe, travelling among them as if part of the group. Combine Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp with a stay at one of our permanent lodges, Sasakwa or Faru Faru, to gain the ultimate Serengeti horseback experience. Singita Explore is the perfect base for days of remote exploration and a truly immersive bush adventure, while the luxury of Sasakwa and Faru Faru offer the heights of style and relaxation.

The pace is moderate with the opportunity for faster paced canters in places, and a choice of English, Western or South African trail saddles. The magnificent herd, mainly comprising Thoroughbreds and Boerperds from South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, have been carefully selected for their temperament and range between 15.1 and 16.3 hands in height.

EXPLORING NORTHERN KENYA BY CAMEL

Shelly and Juliet flew up to Northern Kenya to experience what Helen Douglas-Dufresne and The Milgis Trust has to offer on a quick three day safari. We walked 65 kms in 35 degree C heat from Ngurnit through the Ndotos to El Kanto where the Seiya and Barsaloi luggas meet to form the Milgis Lugga, and still managed to put on a few kgs thanks to Helen's delicious food!

HELI-SHOPPING AT LEMARTI'S CAMP

Anna Trzebinski's new shop at Lemarti's Camp invites guests to indulge in a bit of retail therapy in the bush! The shop at camp has a selection of Anna's luxurious and unique pieces of fashion and art, and is a short helicopter flight away from our other Laikipia properties such as Sirikoi, Borana and Laragai. Also a reminder that the camp now has two family tents, each of which consist of two tents and a shared open bathroom.

BORANA + RICHARD'S CAMP + MANDA BAY = THE PERFECT FAMILY HOLIDAY! WITH BENEFITS!

The special children's rate at Borana, Richard's Camp and Manda Bay of US$180 per child per night (rack, commissionable as normal) means that this combination works perfectly for families who want to save a bit of money when accommodating their children. Valid until December 2011, the offer accommodates children in slightly less luxurious rooms, but we figure they don't mind too much as they will be too busy soaking up the amazing safari experiences that we offer!

RUNNING FOR RUKO

Ross Withey, owner of Samatian Island Lodge, is running for RUKO at the Lewa Marathon on 25th June! It is one of the most difficult marathons in the world, but Ross and his team mate Charlie Beeching are undertaking the challenge in a bid to raise funds for the RUKO Community Trust. This trust works to bring the Njemps and Pokot people together through conservation, and has created the RUKO Wildlife Conservancy to provide economic opportunity and ethnic reconciliation. To read more and sponsor Ross - please click here. Whilst at Samatian we highly recommend a visit to meet the Pokot and learn more about their traditions and lifestyle, including how to light fires by rubbing sticks together and draw blood from the cow to drink (an important part of the Pokot diet). In addition, the Njemps live on the eastern shores of Lake Baringo, cousins to the Masai and very different to the Pokot. The Njemps use small balsa wood boats to row across Lake Baringo and fish from, and will also demonstrate how they smoke fish and construct their houses

Introducing Enashipai in Lake Naivasha

enashipaiLocated on the banks of Lake Naivasha in Hell's Gate National Park, Enashipai Resort & Spa is a breath of fresh air in between safaris. The lodge offers a variety of activities including bird watching, hiking, rock climbing, biking, and boat rides to Crescent Island where a bountiful picnic among Giraffe awaits. Enashipai also features a swimming pool, spa, kids club and fitness center for travelers who want to stay put.

The migration race has begun!

Migration

They journey across the Serengeti into the Mara is not devoid of adventure. The wildebeests have traveled scores of miles to face one of the greatest task at hand. Many of them hardly know that fate is preparing a cauldron of death in their dip across the Mara River. There are some that do know it.

They are veterans of this Seventh Wonder of the World. They have traversed the Serengeti before, survived the Mara river and what lies ahead. They remember their brothers and sisters a year ago who failed to make it across. Today it may be them. Or perhaps they may live again and the ill luck may fall on the new comers who are oblivious to what lies in those brown waters. A few cows are pregnant with calves. They will give birth once they have crossed and settled in the Mara plain where the rainfall will be sufficient for food for their children. A few zebras and gazelles have joined the wildebeests quests. They are not exempt from the death waters either.

The flatness of the Tanzanian Serengeti land comes to an end and drops several feet into a gorge. On the other side is a similar mass of land. The string of dirty water called the Mara is an interception to their quest. There is no bridge or way around it. It separates the two land masses and the only way is across. The throng of wildebeests approaching the gorge increases and soon there is a thick blackness of herbivores at the riverbank of the death waters. The wildebeests at the front scurry away from the gorge, probably by the natural fear that still waters run deep. However, a few of the new comers can sense from the veterans that the real fear isn't the drowning from the depth of the river. They look at the veterans, hoping to get some sense of direction as to what to do. The veterans don't respond. They know that this journey could be a one way trip. They stare at the flowing Mara River and stand unmoved. Those big glossy eyes reflect their coffins. Today could be a good day to die. The throng increases and soon, the beasts at the front cannot contain the pressure. The animals push forward. The ones at the rear keep pushing, unfamiliar of what is ahead. A traffic jam in the wild of 1.5 million wildebeests commences. And just like the snarl-ups in the cities, they push to advance not knowing what danger awaits them ahead. In no time, the first beast leaps. The fearful ones back away. They are not sure if it is inordinate courage or boundless stupidity that caused him to forge ahead.

Crock

They watch.

His name is Kovu. It is his first wildebeest migration and his last. He crosses the river that reaches his eye level. He strains to stretch his neck out so that he can see the way ahead. He has to swim. He doesn't understand why his brothers and sisters are afraid of a little water. Except for a few ripples caused by the afternoon breeze, the waters are quiet and undisturbed. Then all of a sudden, the water's temperament changes. On his right, his eye caught some splashing from the riverbank ahead. He didn't see what it was. It was moving too fast for his eye. On his left, he saw a similar splash. This time he saw something more. A long scaly tail followed the splash into the river. The rest of the wildebeests watch in horror as Kovu is targeted by Mother Nature's food chain. He is almost halfway across. He doesn't see the pairs of eyes approaching him at tremendous speeds. Kovu begins to notice a series of ripples move against the current. That is strange. He looks on his other side and sees similar ripples, only this time moving with the current. The ripples begin to close in on him. Kovu's heart pounds heavily. He can smell it. It's the smell of fear. This is what the veterans feared. This is what kept them immobilized. He could swear that the whole Savannah heard his heart beating. He would ask the other wildebeests what was going on after he made it to the other side. He didn't live to find out their answer.

The migration saw the crocodiles edge in on poor Kovu. They snapped his neck in two quick successions of bites and Kovu was no more. That part of the river darkened with a red substance carried away by the water. It was followed by violent splashing and growling of the crocodiles as they pulled apart Kovu's legs and sank their jaws into his tender flesh. The fear was now fully fledged. No one was oblivious to the death in the waters. The veterans race ahead! They can see a window of opportunity. As the crocodiles devour the rookie's body, they have the chance to get across safely as fast as they can. But the new comers are not too sure. They look back. It is impossible to scale the gorges and return to dry land. Some try but are trampled to death by the pushing throng. Their corpses fall into the river and float away. In a few moments, more crocodiles downstream swim up. The floating carcasses and the smell of blood in the river alerted them of the migration. The veterans make it across safely. A few courageous new comers had followed suite and made it to the other side. The 1.5 million animals struggle to keep close. United they may have a chance. However, the waters are foreign territories and no amount of unity could save them here. Still, they throng in their crossing. Kovu's meat is done and the crocodiles are hungry for more. They can see their fellow reptilian family come up towards the crossing.

Fear propels the pack of wildebeests. The beasts on the side are not too lucky. They suffer Kovu's fate. They cry out in excruciating agony as the carnivorous teeth sink into their flesh. They struggle to fight but they feel another sharp bite on their neck. They begin to gasp for air as the reptiles begin to drown them. Their blood vessels burst at the bites and consequently attract more death bites. Soon, their nostrils are flooded with their own blood. The reptiles pull them deeper. It's too late. They die from their bleeding before they can drown. The successful crocodiles pull their meals to the shore and devour them ravenously. One zebra and a few antelopes were caught in the death waters' fate. Lives are lost in the pack but hope is not. The last wildebeest makes it out of the death waters and joins the rest of the pack as they enter the gates of Kenya's Maasai Mara. They have come far and still have quite a distance to cover. The savannah plains don't look intimidating but the veterans know better. Here in the plains of the Mara, the pack faces yet again a dangerous foe. Lions.

Ernest Wamboye Wakhusama, Writer

Ernest Wamboye Wakhusama


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Cheetah Mama and Her Cubs

Amazing things are occurring at Borana – four cheetahs have now become five! Borana is very proud of their cheetah mom who is raising these adorable little fur balls!

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