February 15, 2012

CAMP DIARIES: LEWA UPDATE – KENYA, 15 FEBRUARY 2012




With the camp fire going to take off the chill in the night air, imagine having dinner while being serenaded by a lion making his presence known not too far off. The group of international students currently attending EcoTraining’s 28 day course in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya are barely a week into their adventure, and already they have had some amazing sightings.


This is our second time around at Lewa, after the very successful first visit and course there last year in August. Mark Gunn is the head instructor again and is being assisted by Sam from our Kenyan operations. There are a few other familiar faces second time around – ‘Camp manager’ Mike and his team including Richard (who is always on the move) as well as Ruby, the game guard from the Kenyan Wildlife Services who accompanies the group on their walks.




Mark has filed these great sightings via the bush telegraph in the last couple of days:

11 February: Fantastic walk this afternoon. Six elephant encounters, one rhino encounter (with three rhinos), and one lion encounter, all on one walk!




12 February: Two rhino encounters. Also saw two sets of elephants and buffalo in the distance.




14 February: Happy Valentine’s Day! Had a good walk in the morning. Three elephant sightings with buffalo and rhinos in the distance. Good birds along the swamp.



15 February: Two buffalo encounters. Elephants in the distance. 29 reticulated giraffe together. Abyssinian scimitar bill.



Sounds interesting? EcoTraining has another 28 day course at Lewa in August, email enquiries@ecotraining.co.za for more information!
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