Elephant Watch Camp, Samburu

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Feb 28th, 2004, 05:34 AM
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King, thanks for your input. Call me a sentimental fool, but I must go to Meru. I have dreamed of Meru from the first time I saw the movie "Born Free." Understandably, the animals are skittish. The poaching in that area has been atrocious. Yet, the KWS has done a valiant job in trying to thwart the poaching, and I hope that by going there, it will in some way show support of their efforts. And yes, we are going to stay at Elsa's Kopje. When we went to Selous in 2002, we were warned about the animals being very shy and skittish in that reserve, as the vase majority of it is set aside for hunting. The encounters that we had, however, with elephants, lions, giraffe, buffalo, crocs and hippos were simply fantastic. Hopefully Meru will come through for me. As for Il Ngewsi, I will look into it. Your experience there sounds wonderful. I just wish I had more time. We will be flying from Arusha to Nairobi. The personal business I have cannot be changed until the end of the itinerary, so our first day will be spent in Nairobi. On our last trip, we went to Amboseli, which I love. I hope to return there after I get some of these other places "out of my system," but Africa never really gets out of ones system, does it?
Please continue to monitor this posting, as I may want to pick your brain further about Il Ngwesi or even ... gulp .... Matthews Range and Shaba!
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Feb 28th, 2004, 06:38 AM
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Susan I recently bought every single back issue of Travel Africa magazine (they had a special offer on at the Destinations Show earlier this month) and I have really been enjoying reading through them all.

I had thought that the earlier ones might not be worthwhile in terms of ideas and information but bought them to enjoy the images and so on. Instead I have picked up ideas and inspiration from every issue.

Anyway, I definitely recall reading something about Meru in one of the issues I just read and it does seem like it would be a special and quiet place to visit.
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Feb 28th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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Hi Kavey! Meru is a place I must go. Like I had to go to the Mara and Amboseli, well Meru ranks right up there. Just think ... if I see a lion, it might be of the same lineage as Elsa! Also, it is to my understanding that Kora National Park has reopened. As you may know, Kora was George Adamson's place where he lived with his beloved lions until his tragic death. Already I have that haunting theme song in my head: "Born Free, as free as the grass grows. As free as the wind blows, Born Free to follow your heart. Stay free ...." It is a good thing this site does not have audio, as my singing voice is appalling! The Lonely Planet Kenya guidebook says of Meru: "The next Masai Mara? Watch this space." I just have to go. Elsa's spirit is calling me and helping lure me is the following from Lonely Planet: "The resurgence is definitely a good thing, as the park is a complete contrast to the nearby savanna reserves of Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba ... This is one of the most geographically diverse parks in Kenya and a favourite with the safari cognoscenti: you need a few days here to fully appreciate what the park has to offer ... The major advantage of Meru is that you're unlikely to come across another safari vehicle anywhere in the park." Sounds like heaven to me!
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Feb 28th, 2004, 01:05 PM
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Would you stay at the newish Elsa's Kopje?
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Feb 28th, 2004, 03:36 PM
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Susan-
Just read your last post and I could hear you singing "Born free to follow your heart" and I got tears in my eyes. How wonderful! Liz
 
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Feb 28th, 2004, 04:56 PM
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Liz: Thankfully you can not hear my voice, but instead relied on your memory of that wonderful song. ;-) I watched "Born Free" the other day, as well as "Living Free" and "To Walk With Lions." Yeah, I am not going for months and months yet, but I am already getting into pre-safari mode ...

Kavey: Yes, we are going to stay three night at Elsa's Kopje. How can I not stay at a place of that name? Oh, I cannot wait to get there! I imagine I will get tears in my eyes when I see my first lion in Meru - providing I do. I know it is a risk as far as game viewing, but it is one I am willing to take. As I said earlier, we were warned about Selous, yet we had some wonderful encounters. Imagine being in Meru and perhaps being lucky enough to come upon a pride of lions, resting comfortably atop a kopje? I will no doubt get tears of joy in my eyes, and have to explain to my husband just why I am being so emotional. Should that happen, me thinks my beloved will put me in an institution upon our arrival home! But, oh what memories I will have!!!
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Feb 29th, 2004, 08:09 AM
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All I've read of it suggests you'll have a truly marvellous experience and the camp does look INCREDIBLE!

I just watched some more documentaries including one called Swimming Lions about lions in the Okavango Delta that have learned how to live and hunt even in water in order to survive in the area. I'd seen it before ages ago but this time I recorded it so I can refer to it again!
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Feb 29th, 2004, 11:58 AM
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Kavey: I think I saw that one. Fascinating, absolutely fascinating!
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