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  • Dear Rob, all the arrangements went well. The Serian camp is in an excellent location and very well managed by Roisin who made us very welcome. Our guide, James, was outstanding, one of the best ever. The game viewing exceeded our expectations. In the conservancy we saw lions (lots), cheetahs, hundreds of wildebeest and zebra, elephants, impala and many gazelles. We saw lots of hyena, packs of over 30, out and about in broad daylight, even with cubs, and clearly frightened of no one. On no occasion were there more than a couple of vans at any sighting: we thought it might be very busy but it wasn’t. Katavi, by contrast to the Mara, was a bit quieter in terms of game, although we did see 4 of the big five in one game drive. We saw more hippos in one drive than we have ever seen before and as the pools are drying the smell was just horrible! Mahale was completely different. The Greystoke camp is very well managed by the departing manager Sasha and his replacements Jeff and Kerry who made us very welcome. Our guide, Robert, was also good. Our first chimping was good. They were only about 40 mins away in the forest hills up from another camp so we went to that camp by boat and had a reasonable climb to find them as it was on the tracks all the way. On the second day two chimps decided to visit the camp just before we were about to go out into the forest. They had come to eat some mangoes which were just becoming ripe. We had about 40 mins following them through the undergrowth until they went off up a steep gradient and out of sight. As we were still entitled to a further 20 mins we set off to find some the trackers had located. This was a climb and a half. We were off the tracks for a lot of the one and a half hour climb (and it was a genuine climb up rocky slopes and through dense undergrowth) and in the end we saw only two chimps high up in a tree. We could hear that the others were not far away but they kept on moving and eventually even the trackers couldn’t go any further. It certainly demonstrated chimp sightings are not guaranteed!

    David and Pamela from Surrey travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then Katavi and Mahale in western Tanzania
Elephant in the Aberdare Mountains, Kenya

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Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park is perhaps most famous for the so-called ‘tree lodges’ of which Treetops is the best known. The park encompasses the Aberdare range of mountains which form the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley and rise to a height of over 13,000ft. Safaris take place on the eastern slopes (the Rift side is far too rugged for extensive travel). The lower slopes of montane forest has one of the densest concentrations of wildlife found anywhere in Kenya, whilst the beautiful Afro-alpine moorland above 10,000 feet is reminiscent of Scotland with rolling heather, giant lobelia, groundsel and wild flowers, waterfalls and trout streams. The overnight ‘tree lodges’ are popular with minivan tours, and although there is a limited choice of accommodation, the park deserves more time to explore it to its full extent. Forest denizens include giant forest hog, bushpig, sykes and black colobus monkey, and perhaps even the rare bongo antelope which was once fairly common.

For further information on holidays to the Aberdare safari region please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari experts.

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