Good Lord. Oh dark thirty. We had just fallen asleep.
Breakfast at 5:15 am so that we could be ready for our 5:45 start to Tsavo.
Our flight didn’t leave until 7:30 and the airport was only 15 minutes away. Leaving before gridlock would leave down time but ensure we made the flight.We boarded a 12 seater prop plane. Some of the guys had to crawl to their seats. It was a quick one hour flight to Tsavo West. The welcoming crew was two grazing giraffes just on the side of the dirt runway. The real deal. Not a zoo. Just two giraffes hanging out.
We hopped into a modified Land Rover Defender. Bill and Stephen sat behind the driver. Kim and I loaded up in the next row with Washii, our spotter, sitting on the back roof. Within no time we were standing on the seats with our heads and shoulders peaking out of the roof spotting game.
The rest of the crew loaded up in second Rover and we headed to breakfast at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge 45 minutes away.
Cape buffalo, warthogs and zebras (the Brits say zeb-bra) grazed while we stuffed our bellies.
Two more hours to the first camp – our jaws wide open as more wildlife started to appear.
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According to Iain we were very lucky to see a leopard lying next to the road. A rare occurrence since they are nocturnal. Looks like he got in a scruff only hours before.
Meet our fearless leader Iain. Iain started Tropical Ice and the Great Walk of Africa 43 years ago. Born in Scotland and raised in Kenya since the age of six. A lover of the outdoors, modern day Indiana Jones, avid reader, movie buff, John Wayne impersonator, comedian and head man in charge. This will be his 93rd walk.
Yes, we fools paid lots of money to walk 100 miles across Tsavo West and Tsavo East. We’re the chum to the predator’s delight. No pussies allowed.
The safari of my dreams has been altered.
Yes, we have tents, twin beds and even woven rugs. It’s a throw back to safari’s from the golden years. Everything we need and then some. Bathtub and chandeliers are foolish childhood dreams. This is a big girl’s camp. It’s like drinking black coffee.
There is a mess tent where we are served three outrageous meals a day with tea and crumpets each afternoon. It’s perfect. The only downside is we are in Tsavo which means “Place of Slaughter”. Predator’s stomping grounds…. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is scary!!!
This camp is named Mzima (alive in Swahili). That’s because it’s the start of the journey and at this point we’re all still alive.
Time to relax and settle in. The walk starts tomorrow.
Heart beating start. Love your videos ❤️
Seeing’s believing!!! You’re really there!…the SILENCE is golden! Love it. Can’t remember hearing that stepping out the door here where I live; there’s constant noise anymore! And just HOW do you hold that camera so steady, Paige? Thanks for the tour!!!
It indeed is very quiet here. Unless it’s night time and then we can hear lions, hippos, birds and baboons. 😊
Okay it sounds like you are in a movie but OH NO… you are in real life experiencing all the things some of us would like to do but our hearts would be racing so fast we can’t… LOL Once again fabulous job with capturing where and what you are doing and letting us be along for the ride with calm hearts … xoxo Love you
Haha you are so funny. You’ve been there done that with us. Which of course is why you know how CRAZY Bill is. I just love him and follow along…. My heart races a lot!!! Just wait until the next blog or two….