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

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 normal. Bars, churches and all public meetings have been banned, but increasing numbers of restaurants are opening with spaced tables and seatings. We have several important factors working in our favour: approximately 75% of Kenyans are under the age of 40, and – as with most developing countries – obesity and related illnesses are uncommon. Our domestic air travel will commence on July 15 and the international airport will be opening on August 1.

Photo credit: James Allan

After four months in Nairobi it was time to move, so last week we drove off to look for some fresh air to breathe and remind ourselves what vast landscapes looked like. Tsavo fits this bill perfectly. If this damned virus hadn’t struck us we would have been operating our third Great Walk of Africa safari of 2020 right now. It was sad to see all of our camps empty, but they were all looking great. They’ll be here next year folks, so all of you who have rolled your departures back to 2021 – and a massive thank you to the 95% of you who did – Tsavo and Tropical Ice will be waiting for you!

Photo credit: James Allan

And what did Tsavo look like? It was simply breathtaking! During our three days in Tsavo West we saw cheetah, leopard, lions, and I can’t remember the last time the clarity of the air looked so clear. It felt like you could reach out and grab the snow off Kilimanjaro’s crown. We then headed over to Tsavo East for three days, and the elephants along the Galana River were as plentiful as I’ve ever seen them with so many babies. We stopped counting one group when we reached 100! All along the river there were endless herds of zebra, impala, giraffe and we saw lots of lions waiting in ambush positions in the salt bush. There was an incredible freshness to Tsavo, the wildlife had obviously benefited from the dearth of people and tourist buses. During our week there we saw one other vehicle. It was as if we owned the world!

Photo credit: James Allan

We don’t want to sound flippant. We know only too well what so many of our friends and old safari companions have been going through these past months in your respective countries. I’m describing this only because I’m aware that during such despairing times as these it is easy to lose sight of the fact that there is still a beautiful unaffected world out there that is getting on with life as it has for thousands of years. And, it’s waiting for you! When you’re ready be sure that Tropical Ice will be here to show it to you.

Photo credit: James Allan

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