I’d heard the tales of the ‘Greater Honey Guide’ and their extraordinary relationship with man but never seen one before… But now at last here was one right in front of me. Of course it was Laetato, our tracker who heard it first, and now he was imitating its call as it fluttered ahead of us. In case you haven’t heard about this remarkable bird here’s a brief synopsis…
Many tribes throughout East Africa have developed a unique working relationship with this bird. It leads humans to a bee hive and in return the hunters offer the bird a little of the honey they find. Legend has it that if they fail to honor their side of the bargain then next time the bird will lead them to a snake or a lion.
Laetato is accompanying me, our guide Patnei and Alex Hunter on this late afternoon walk along the river bank in the northern sector of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy a little south of Mt Kenya. We’ve already spotted a pied kingfisher perched in a branch. Also on display were the tracks of Egyptian geese and buffalo, both after liquid refreshment.
Visit Ethiopia before the rest of the world discovers it…
Say Ethiopia to most people and unfortunately images of the horrendous famine and drought of the mid 1980’s will spring to mind for most. The reality is that Ethiopia is one of the wettest, most fertile and scenic countries in Africa. Ask people wanting to visit Ethiopia for any other images or words, and people may volunteer ancient Christian churches, the scenic Ethiopian highlands, marathon runners, and interesting tribal groups to visit.
Yes it certainly offers all of this and much more. It is a country quite unlike any other in East Africa. Combining African and Arabian influences in a unique way, through its history, architecture, language, people and cuisine.
Here is a photo blog of a few of my amateur shots from a recent safari to Victoria Falls and Hwange in Zimbabwe. I think it’s useful to show how close you can get to the wildlife. And also the sort of shots that are possible by amateurs (I have included a couple of shots from Mark Butcher, our host on the trip).
I haven’t described the lodges as the camp links take you to our full description. Rather, I aim to give a sense of what it’s like on safari.