Samburu Intrepids is a luxury tented camp and a lush oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. The lodge is perman…more
Samburu Intrepids is a luxury tented camp and a lush oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. The lodge is permanently cooled by the river breeze and the forest. The luxury tented camp sits on raised decks overlooking the brown river where the elephants sometimes make an appearance or the crocodiles come out to lounge by the river’s banks.
Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Its life lung is the Usao Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope and the gerenuk.
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The Samburu National Reserve is located in Northern Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi.
In the middle of the reserve, t…moreThe Samburu National Reserve is located in Northern Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and 350 kilometers from Nairobi.
In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng'iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests that provides water without which the game in the reserve could not survive in the arid country.
The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie "Born Free".
There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its unique dry-country animal life: All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos.
Other mammals frequently seen in the park include Olive baboon, gerenuk, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching.
There are over 350 species of bird. These include Somali ostrich, grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, marabou stork, tawny eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked Spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, palm nut vulture, red-billed hornbill, secretary bird, Verreaux's eagle, superb starling, yellow-billed hornbill and vultures.
The Ewaso Ng'iro river contains large numbers of Nile crocodile. less
The Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya that are related to but distinct from the Maasai. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists w…moreThe Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya that are related to but distinct from the Maasai. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle but also keep sheep, goats and camels. The name they use for themselves is Lokop or Loikop, a term which may have a variety of meanings which Samburu themselves do not agree on. Many assert that it refers to them as "owners of the land"
Like the Maasai, women wear colorful beaded necklaces similar to the ones the Rendile women also wear. The number of necklaces is a sign of wealth, often given as dowry. They wear bright clothes, usually red and pink. To protect their eyes from the sun, Samburu warriors (like the Rendile) often paste their hair with ochre which creates a visor. Samburu are very spiritual people, believing and praying every day the God called Ngai. Age determines men's social status: each man has to go through various stages before becoming a powerful elder. less
Samburu Lodge was opened in July 13, 1963. It is situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River and is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of ja…moreSamburu Lodge was opened in July 13, 1963. It is situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River and is set in a rugged landscape with a backdrop of jagged mountains and its own indigenous wildlife unique to the northern region of Samburu Reserve. The landscape, wildlife and vegetation are very different to the lush rolling grasslands of other parks. Samburu is a place for leopard, lion, elephant and crocodile. It is the place of the semi-nomadic Samburu tribe. A place of thorn bush open plains and vast horizons. less
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.It is named…moreThe Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.It is named after the Maasai people and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara", which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.
It is famous for its exceptional population of lions, leopards and cheetahs, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and fro the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.
Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve.
Rainbow at Masaai Mara
All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, African elephant, African buffalo, and Black Rhinoceros) are found in the Maasai Mara. The population of Black rhinos was fairly numerous until 1960, but it was severely depleted by poaching in the 1970s and early 1980s, dropping to a low of 15 individuals. Numbers have been slowly increasing, but the population was still only up to an estimated 23 in 1999.[ less
The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, sur…moreThe park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands.
The lake is world famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth - myriads of fuchsia pink flamingos whose numbers are legion, often more than a million - or even two million. They feed on the abundant algae, which thrives in the warm waters. Scientists reckon that the flamingo population at Nakuru consumes about 250,000 kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year.
Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Black and white rhinos have also been introduced.
The lake's level dropped dramatically in the early 1990s but has since largely recovered. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.
The Compulsive Traveler series aired on CBS Television on Sundays afternoon and scored #1 in the ratings for the time period faring higher than comp…moreThe Compulsive Traveler series aired on CBS Television on Sundays afternoon and scored #1 in the ratings for the time period faring higher than comparable programs on ABC, NBC and Fox.
The Compulsive Traveler follows the adrenaline trail! He is incurably addicted to travel and since adventure is the ultimate travel there he goes! Searching the world’s most exciting adventure spots.
First on a game drive safaris in Kenya’s Mara and Samburu. Among the highlights is a staring contest with a female lion with a fresh zebra kill nearby. Then he follows herds of wildebeests (someone counted 1.5 million heads) as they try to cross the Mara River and avoid the hungry crocs. He lives a day with a Masai tribe, one of the
Ancestral cultures of East Africa and dances on cow dung with them ….
Namena near Savu Savu in Fiji is the ultimate pilgrimage site for a diver.. Being on l’Aventure, Cousteau’s dive boat to get there is a religious experience. This dive site is the reason Fiji has been called the soft coral capital in the world. Strong currents bring an avalanche of nutrients and every predator show up.
St Vincent is a place for adventurous spirits of all kinds It’s is a string of 32 islands in the Southern Caribbean with primal forests, unspoiled palm fringed beaches, virgin reefs and definitely outside mass tourism, thank God.
The main island is home to a volcano, so it’s hilly and great for cycling. St. Vincent has ancient history: he explore archeology. St. Vincent is known as a sailor’s paradise. So he sails. And all without tourists in sight. Great while it lasts.
Hosted and narrated by Roberto Mitrotti
William Holden, the Hollywood actor, bought the Mount Kenya Safari Club on a whim in 1960 and turned it into a hideway for the super-rich.
This is a…moreWilliam Holden, the Hollywood actor, bought the Mount Kenya Safari Club on a whim in 1960 and turned it into a hideway for the super-rich.
This is a spectacular resort at the foot of Mount Kenya, the second tallest mountain in Africa.
n 1989, the owners saw potential for a luxury tented camp in this space and set out a plan to build 40 tents with a rustic main building and facilities that would rival the best camps in the Mara and the Serengeti. The main building would house a dining room, bar and reception area for the comfort of our Guests. The grounds would feature winding paths through lush flora and boast a swimming pool and observation areas to gather and gaze at the hippos, the crocs and the incredible bird life that inhabits this part of Kenya.
The Mara Safari Club opened its doors in 1989 as an offshoot of Mount Kenya Safari Club, hence the name Safari Club. The Club stands on 100 acres of land, leased from the late Senior Chief Lerionka Ole Ntutu. A tented sanctuary lying at the foot of the Aitong Hills, the Mara Safari Club is surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, on the edge of the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. The land the Club sits on was an old hunting camp that had been converted to use for photo tours with the ban on hunting in Kenya in 1976.
Originally the retreat of the movie star and his friends, the Club's illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby.
he Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley is a World Heritage site. It consists of three lakes in basins on the floor of the valley, known for th…morehe Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley is a World Heritage site. It consists of three lakes in basins on the floor of the valley, known for their high concentration of lesser flamingo, great white pelicans and migratory birds.
Lake Nakuru is one of them.
All the three lakes are shallow, alkaline and are hydro-geologically connected through sub surface seepage of water. The alkalinity of the three lakes supports the abundant growth of the green algae (spirulina platensis) which is the food of the lesser flamingoes which congregate in the lakes in great numbers.
Thousands of pink flamingos have been living forever on Lake Nakuru but are facing environmental threats. less