Hippo Heaven

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The last 3 days were just spent in the truck; driving a long, long way. I loved just watching the world go by, seeing how different people live; passing through villages, markets and farms; and bringing beaming smiles to 100s of children with a simple wave. As we whirled through Kenya, the Savannah was slowly replaced with tea plantations. At the Kenyan-Ugandan border we had to be forceful with the … Continue reading

PhotoBlog : A Taste of the Maasai Mara

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My first taste of safari was 15 years ago, when I visited the Serengeti in Tanzania. At the time I was surprised to discover how much I loved it. Bouncing in the back of a jeep; spotting animals you normally see behind bars at the zoo, but with complete freedom; it is absolutely wonderful and you never know what animal encounters you will have. The Maasai Mara game park also … Continue reading

Hot Air Ballooning Over Maasai Mara

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Over 15 years ago I visited the Serengeti, where I had the opportunity to go hot air ballooning and for some reason I decided not to. Many moons later and I still regret that decision,  so ever since, to magically float in the sky has been on my bucket list. Hence when I discovered the Maasai Mara was part of my trip, I just knew this time I had to … Continue reading

Jambo Jambo Nairobi

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I don’t know if I am getting old, but I was very nervous about this trip and I thought a woman travelling independently in Africa would be utterly insane. It doesn’t help when one of Sydney’s Sunday newspaper, travel section, listed Kenya and South Africa in the top 10, “unsafe”, tourist destinations. I therefore thought it wise to go with a reputable company and signed up for an Intrepid overland … Continue reading

Itchy feet: The Curse of the Wanderer

The oldest house in WA, the Round House, Freemantle

Itchy feet: the curse of the wanderer and only one known cure, getting back on the road. Last year I had a very quiet year on the travel front, so by December I was feeling very restless.  Two days before Christmas my wanderlust got the better of me and taking all leave of my senses, I booked a flight.  It was only a short trip; first surprising my folks in the UK for Christmas; … Continue reading