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30
Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We received this short video clip from Krista Benner, who has now done our safari – the Great Walk of Africa – five times. The film centres on her last walk, which she did with her daughter Lauren. The Great Walk crosses Tsavo West and Tsavo East national parks, is 100 miles in length, and takes 11 days. Because Tsavo is

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1
Oct

LIFE GOES ON…so let’s get started

Iain has recently returned from a three-week visit to the United States. It might be interesting for some of you to read his views on what it’s like to travel internationally at this time, and the possible hurdles one might expect. He writes… “During these past six months I’ve accepted the fact that I have a travel addiction. Whenever I

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6
Aug

The Gentle Art of Bush Climbing

TROPICAL ICE…A LITTLE MORE HISTORY…   “THE GENTLE ART OF BUSH CLIMBING”   While our name Tropical Ice is synonymous with the glaciers on Mount Kenya and our climbing achievements back in the 1970s and 1980s, we also played an important part in the development of a unique form of Kenyan climbing: Bush Climbing.   Scaling big cliffs in the

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7
Jul

Believe it or not…it’s still all out there waiting for you

Photo credit: James Allan We’ve been lucky so far here in Kenya, our Covid numbers are thankfully comparatively small with under 7,900 confirmed cases and 160 deaths. Kenyans are taking it very seriously. Face masks are mandatory in public places, it’s difficult to walk more than 100 yards without having your hands cleaned, and reasonable social distancing has become the

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9
Jun

Talking Point

We’re delighted to have received this letter from Susan Grimes, who took part in one of our Great Walk of Africa, walking safaris last year.  We are also ecstatic over the fact that our walking safari allowed her to draw the inspiration to take part in the BLACK LIVES MATTER march in Washington DC recently.  Great work, Susan!   Dear

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2
Jun

Climbing Tropical Ice on the Equator

People frequently ask us what the origin of our name Tropical Ice is, well the following will explain.   100 miles north of Nairobi stands the most beautiful mountain in Africa, and the equator runs through the middle of it. There were once eleven glaciers on the mountain, and now there are only mostly patches left.       In

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19
May

Talking point – Where do we go from here?

MORE WORDS FROM THE KEYBOARD WARRIOR!!! WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (This article was written a few years ago so it’s not about the world’s most over-rated subject “Covid”. I’ve updated it but it’s perhaps a little on the long side, for my understanding these days is that people don’t read much anymore. Perhaps our recently discovered lockdown status

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11
May

Talking Point – In this time of Covid-19

WORDS FROM THE KEYBOARD WARRIOR… In this time of Covid-19, I’ve been wondering if other people are finding the general media, and especially major television networks, as annoying as I am. Here in Kenya our main news outlets are BBC World, CNN International (usually better than CNN Domestic), SKY and Al Jazeera. With the slight exception of Al Jazeera, all

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14
Apr

Social Distancing – Kenya Style… with Tropical Ice!

Photo credit Anand RJ “Stuck inside these four walls, Sent inside forever, Never seeing no one Nice again like you…”   Paul McCartney, Band On The Run, 1973   Dear Friends,   Firstly, and most importantly, we would like to thank so many of you out there for having the faith in us and our future, to have us hold

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12
Mar

Launch of Wild India! 2021

  Tropical Ice has just completed our first departure of Wild India in 2020. Our second departure is now taking place. This is our 9th year running safaris in India, and they just keep getting better and better.   We could describe to you all the wonders and diversity of our Wild India trip: vibrant people, ancient cultures, landscape, history…and

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26
Feb

Tropical Ice goes “modern”

Follow Iain as he toils in through the jungles of India in search of tigers.     He is writing a LIVE travel blog which you can read on Facebook or on our website.    Live Travel Blog   This is a perfect opportunity for those who have barricaded themselves at home against global virus alerts. More exciting than NETFLIX and more newsworthy than the

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14
Feb

The Great Walk of Africa 2020

“ELEPHANTS ARE KIND TO EACH OTHER, THEY ARE NICE…UNLIKE US.” In 1953 the English writer Graham Greene wrote “…I was aware first, as always in Kenya, of the huge expanse of sky and the terraces of clouds. Never was a land so wrapped in air.” Greene could have been specifically describing vast Tsavo, one of the last of East Africa’s

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20
Jan

Tropical Ice features in latest issue of Travel Africa magazine!

Iain writes… I recall distinctly the moment where the Great Walk of Africa idea first took place. It was 2001, Alex Fiksman and I were sitting at the bar of The Talisman restaurant in Nairobi (it was called Escobar’s back then so you can get an idea of the sort of place it was), discussing new safari ideas. Alex was

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20
Jan

Why 2020 will be an amazing year…

Our final departure of the Great Walk of Africa in early October last year was caught out by unexpected rains. These unseasonal rains continued spectacularly throughout October, November, and December, and we are still in this early new year, experiencing sporadic rainfalls, which at best can only be described as unusual. These rains are a result of the Indian Ocean

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8
Jan

Wild Japan!

Imagine hiking for 10 days across beautiful unspoiled valleys and hills, stopping occasionally to learn about ancient shrines and temples along the way. This is Tropical Ice’s Wild Japan safari! We follow 2,000 year old pilgrimage trails through atmospheric forests, and up spectacular low-lying mountain ridges with unsurpassed views of the Kunisaki peninsula on the southern island of Kyushu. At

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1
Jun

Tropical Ice Celebrates it 100th Great Walk of Africa!!

Iain writes…   The Great Walk of Africa launched Tropical Ice into the 21st Century. The idea of it came to us in 2001, and we ran the first trip in January 2002. It never dawned on us the significance of what we had created, or the impact it would have on so many of our visitors. For many, it

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19
Nov

Camping on Safari

Around noon each day, the group headed back to the river, where the vehicles waited on the other side. The four to five hours of walking was not too strenuous for anyone reasonably fit and the heat was not intense before noon. After a good lunch, a siesta and a warm bush shower, we gathered again in the late afternoon

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23
Apr

Stretch Your Limits Of Curiosity In 2018!!!

Join Tropical Ice As We Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary… Looking back over 40 years of business, the immediate thing which comes to mind is that we must be doing something right, for statistics show that few small businesses reach this age.  There are several reasons why Tropical Ice has gone the distance.  Firstly, we have concentrated our trips in fabulous

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9
Jan

Tropical Ice’s World Can Be Yours in 2017

Africa’s greatest walk is waiting for you A note from Iain: “I’m sure many of you will agree with me when I say that 2016 was something of a roller-coaster ride for a great number of us. It ended for me however, on two big high notes: my daughter Jodie, whom many of you have met on safari through the

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29
Oct

Talking Point

Those of you who have travelled with us will know that a Tropical Ice safari is much more than a drive around the parks looking at animals. It is a sincere learning experience, where we discuss important wildlife conservation issues, and we lay before our visitors the positives and the negatives. We are very aware of the fact that we

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1
Nov

Talking Point

I have just returned from a wonderful trip travelling in Jordan, with my daughter, Jodie.  We hiked 20 km around Petra, and explored the spectacular canyons of Wadi Rum on foot and by camel.  Within a few days we had run out of superlatives, it was unbelievably beautiful, and the people were amongst the friendliest I’ve ever experienced. In the

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