We have just returned home from a memorable 10 day tour of Kenya with Eustace of Africa Remote Safaris. He was an exceptional guide. I cannot find the right words to describe this guide’s exceptional skills. I will try to write a summery of our memorable trip.
We were in Amboseli on our second day of our safari having visited the Nairobi National park and Karen Blixen the previous day.
As we drove back to Kibo Safari camp Eustace spotted a sickly looking Lion lying under a tree. He was very observant and pointed out to us that the Lion must have either been injured in a territorial fight or by a charging Buffalo. We returned to the camp as it was getting past 6pm. The next day Eustace mentioned that he had alerted the local Ranger about the weak Lion. Eustace explained to us that due to the arrival of a new alpha in his pride, the Young Lion must have been kicked out of the Pride before he could learn how to hunt for himself. Out of curiosity I decided to pursue the full story with Eustace and found out that the Ranger who had initially been alerted was unresponsive . Eustace unsatisfied insisted that the local ranger inform his superiors or he would end up doing it himself. On being informed, the Boss agreed with Eustace’s observation of the weak Lion, sent for Meat from the Local Butchery and directed his colleagues to feed the young Lion appropriately. Eustace understood the how the Lion Pride works and has great knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. He proved to us that there is more to being a Tour guide with the compassion he had for the wild animals. He could not accept a lazy response from the Ranger.
In Maasai Mara, we were lucky to witness a Cheetah hunting.It had a young Impala in its Mouth. After it had chocked the prey, Eustace explained that the mother was calling her cubs .It was exciting to see the young cubs racing each other to where there mother stood proudly with the Kill. Soon the mother gave the Kill to the young Cubs and Eustace explained the significance of this as a learning process where the Cubs had to learn how to open up the Kill. Soon we spotted a Lion almost 900 yards away, Eustace explained that the Lion must have smelled the Kill and was moving towards the Cheetahs direction, I was amazed as the Cheetah held her fort by remaining Frozen on the Kill, She did not move an inch as the Cubs mimicked her. No sooner had the Lion walked past the cheetah than the Cubs came back to take a bite of the Kill. By this time some vans and Tourist cars with Chinese tourists had driven to where we were, quickly taken some snapshots and taken off oblivious of the story that was unfolding in front of us. The Lion returned after about 20 minutes with a pack of Noisy Jackals in tow. Eustace explained to us that the Jackles were trying to distract the Lion from the Kill because if the Lion found the Kill, there would be nothing left. All this events took place within one game drive within on day. There was more that I would highlight but in brief, Game viewing with a knowledgeable guide was an experience never to be forgotten. Eustace is was definitely a bar above the average. During the safari days we discussed several conservation issues, including Human and wildlife conflicts, coincidentally it was during this time that we heard that 6 Lions from the Nairobi park had been killed by local Maasais, we also witnessed first had the impact of the Northern Corridor road that cuts through part of the Nairobi National park, We also discussed the need for the Kenyan government to Maintain wildlife corridors and of course we Kenyan politics,corruption and tribes. Eustace Baragu was an excellent guide and made our Kenya Tour a wonderful experience.
A big thank you to Africa Remote Safaris. Joe and Erin.
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