Blog Archive: August 2013

Familiar Faces at Elsa’s Kopje

Posted on 09.08.2013 by Liz & Stefano Cheli
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To celebrate World Lion Day, we wanted to share some thoughts from Phil and Charlie, our managers at Elsa’s Kopje with you:

There some times seem few advantages to clocking up the extra years but as someone pointed out it’s a privilege denied to many.

After nearly 5 years in Meru Park we have the advantage of meeting many old friends again and sometimes again and again!

Phil & Charlie, our managers at Elsa's KopjePhil & Charlie, our managers at Elsa’s Kopje

Friends and animals gain a certain familiarity with repeated meetings and it’s always a pleasure to renew these friendships.

As with humans the animals continue to recreate their gene pools and it is a constant delight to meet the offspring or hear of their prowess.

This month Brendan and Jeannette return and are amazed and excited to see the increase and multiplication of the animals they have returned to see again. Particularly they enjoyed seeing the 13 offspring of the Ostrich pair on the Kindani plain behind the lodge, all of who have survived the two-year interval since they first saw them as an improbable brood of fluffy chicks fresh out of the eggs.

Kelly and Johan who almost live here are arriving next week for their yearly sojourn and will be pleased to see ‘The Old Lady’. Who, immediately recognisable from her long disused collar, surprised us all last year by producing a bonny bouncing lion cub boy despite her 13 years of age.

He at a year is our homegrown ambassador to “World Lion Day” and a teenage irritation to the eight older members of the pride.

Come and visit soon,

Phil & Charlie

A migration, a marathon & much more

Posted on 02.08.2013 by Liz & Stefano Cheli
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What a first half to 2013! We held elections here in Kenya earlier this year and, despite some doubt from many, all was peaceful and went smoothly. We’re delighted that our new first lady, Margaret Kenyatta, has made raising awareness of conservation issues a priority – what a good start!

Around the country Cheli & Peacock guests are reporting fantastic wildlife sightings – the zebra and wildebeest migration is currently in full swing in the Maasai Mara and with all the rain we have had, will probably continue till November as usual. Check out Elephant Pepper Camp’s Camp News!

Here's one of the pics I took a few days ago while staying at EPC - (c) Stefano CheliHere’s one of the pics I took a few days ago while staying at EPC – (c) Stefano Cheli

Elsa’s Kopje had some gorgeous cheetah cubs which many of you will have seen on their Facebook page –

At Joy’s Camp we are having frequent sightings of rare striped hyena and bat eared foxes have started denning just outside camp so we look forward to seeing the little ones soon – have a look at the pics –

Our Community Trust is going from strength to strength, once you get something like that off the ground there are so many great opportunities – Chania may start needing some help!

Lewa Safari Camp entered a team in the Lewa Safaricom Marathon and between the team and guests who also ran to raise funds, the Trust received over USD 6,000. Photos of the team in training and on the day are on the Facebook page –

We also recently launched our new initiative called ‘Cheques for Check-Ins’ – for every guest who ‘checks in’ on Facebook while staying at a Cheli & Peacock property we donate USD 1 to the Trust – will let you know how it goes, this Facebook thing is amazing!

After some time away from professional guiding, I was convinced by a group of old friends to take them on safari, so I’m currently in the Mara at Elephant Pepper Camp, then heading to the Kipsing Lugga for our new quad bike adventure and then off to Kitich Camp for some walking with camels – will let you know how my trip went, I am definitely excited!

Very best wishes for now – Stefano