Blog Archive: December 2012

Happy New Year

Posted on 30.12.2012 by Liz & Stefano Cheli
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Dear Friends,

Christmas has come and gone with Kenya experiencing some out of season fantastic rains.  Liz and I are on duty, sitting in Nairobi and watching our garden flourish, Sykes monkeys are happy and using our roof as a play ground and watching to see if we have left any fruit out on our veranda.

Kitich has also had wonderful rain and we have had to juggle timings of some clients flights and divert others from Kitich to Joys Camp – as all the rivers are flowing from the mountain and the area is just beautiful.

Kitich called a few hours ago and said that they had lions in camp and one of the watchmen had to hide behind the water heater.  Clients excited by this event as the roar of lions in the Kitich Valley echoes all around.

Kenya will stay green no question for at least two more months after all this rain thanks to a cyclone over Madagascar.

We shall keep you up to date,

Happy New Year

Stefano & Liz

Stefano’s “Pre-Blog”…

Posted on 01.12.2012 by Liz & Stefano Cheli
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Finally Liz and I are about to join the social media world, hmmmm!

Not sure how it all works, we will be running this blog ourselves, bear with us!

It will be a very simple layout, few words – just our thoughts and a few pics.  We want to share with you our experiences, thoughts and insights from behind the scenes – from general politics, the politics of conservation, to the fun and games that come with managing our safari properties in Kenya!

I have just returned from a safari where I visited Joys Camp in Shaba and Kitich Camp in the Mathews Range.  One of my numerous trips to meet with the elders of the community and the wardens of the reserves and conservancies. I must say what a great trip it was; the weather is currently gorgeous, clear blue skies, and with the rains we got in November we still have tall grass in both Shaba and Kitich with all the acacia in Shaba in flower – they look like they are covered in snow drops…oops maybe I should not mention snow to you all in the northern hemisphere!

Shaba is one of my favourite wildernesses, and I have been bringing safari clients here since the 1980s – it is wild, very wild.  No fences, no management, just nature at its most raw.  Arid, sandy, with dramatic rocks, springs and palm trees.   Shaba has a lot of predators, especially leopard, and several unique wildlife species  such as gerenuk, striped hyena, reticulated giraffe, oryx, elephant and also buffalo, which you do not see in Samburu, Shaba’s neighbouring Reserve.  Plus, there is no-one else – just wilderness.

I took off from Joy’s and reached the Mathews airstrip 30 minutes later and then into the forest to Kitich Camp.  How beautiful, within 30mins in a little Cessna 182 I went from an arid landscape, with waving yellow grass, to a full-on green tropical forest – this is Kenya, a constantly changing landscape.  The butterflies are all over the forest, zig-zagging around and doing what butterflies do I guess, but there are clouds of them!  There are wild orchids and thick tall grass and elephants and more elephants.

Recently Patrick and Meriem, the managers of Kitich Camp, came across a big male lion just 100 meters from camp. The Samburu say that there are 3 lions in the area and the rumour is that they just feed on young buffalo and young elephant… Sounds very sad, but I guess that’s nature!

Moving on, thank you for following our stories and we hope to keep you updated as much as possible.

Salaams,

Stefano and Liz