Leopard baiting at Mara Intrepids?

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Aug 23rd, 2005, 06:23 AM
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Leopard baiting at Mara Intrepids?

Hello,

Whilst researching my Kenya trip I came across several references to leopard being baited at Mara Intrepids. Has anyone stayed there who can confirm or deny this?

I don't want to stay there if that's the case.

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Julian
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Aug 23rd, 2005, 09:03 AM
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Hello Julian,
When I was researching my trip to Samburu I thought I had read something somewhere about leopard baiting at Samburu Intrepids. I couldnít find anything, but I did find references of leopard baiting at Samburu Lodge, so I thought that was what Iíd seen. While staying at Samburu Intrepids I could confirm that there definitely wasnít any baiting.

Now Iíve had a look at Mara Intrepids and in the Bradt Guide from 2004 leopard baiting is mentioned. The website says nothing about it, so maybe itís been stopped. http://www.heritage-eastafrica.com/H...epids-mara.htm

Anyway, there are lots of other camps in the Mara. Iíd recommend Basecamp http://www.basecampexplorer.com/masaimara/en

Salaam,
Susanna
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Aug 23rd, 2005, 09:20 AM
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Hello Nyamera,

I read it in the Bradt guide as well as in some operators' website (not Heritage Hotels). I think the camp is a bit large for me anyhow (30 tents) but I wanted to find out about the baiting. I sent an email to Heritage but have yet to hear back.

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Aug 23rd, 2005, 04:41 PM
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I was at the Mara Intrepids in February, 2002 and if you mean luring a leopard with bait, then, yes they did it every evening. They used a goat and hung it from a a large, bare tree trunk around sunset. I have the whole thing on video. It was a real drawing card for us tourists.
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Aug 23rd, 2005, 04:50 PM
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hi, how lame is that.i've heard of this also. wouldn't stay there either. for that kind of silliness. also, i've seen the place. (having my truck looked at. my driver knows the people there.)too much like a hotel, too many people, they get rounded up like on cruise ship to see what to do.
like sue says, BASECAMP.
good luck, david
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Aug 24th, 2005, 01:09 AM
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Hello,

Still haven't heard back from Heritage about this, but given what I've heard here I'm crossing Intrepids off my list. Thanks for the feedback!

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Aug 24th, 2005, 01:42 AM
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Hello,

I've just received a reply from Heritage Hotels to the effect that leopard baiting no longer occurs at Mara Intrepids. I don't think I'll be staying there anyhow given what people have said about the size and atmosphere, but just wanted to let people know.

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