Town Mouse & Country Mouse

The "Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" Aesop Fable has become an English idiom that recognises the effect on our character of where we are from, and to use another idiom how as a result we may sometimes feel like a fish out of water.

An African Adventure-Day 9

Into the crater… The Ngorongoro crater stretched out below us as we began our descent into its bowl in smaller four-wheel drive vehicles; far more suited than the truck for the steep drop down through the heavily forested rim to the crater floor. The statistics of the crater are as staggering as the views: up... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 8

After a night time visit from the hyenas, and a wakeup call from the zebras grazing their way through the campsite, it was time to say a slow goodbye to the Serengeti as we travelled onwards to the Ngorongoro Crater our next destination. Given its vast size and the state of the tracks, leaving the... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 7

A glorious sunrise heralded the start of our full day in the Serengeti and we were eager to be off as early as possible. Maybe it was this haste to be off, or perhaps our relief at surviving the night despite the visiting hyenas, that made us forgetful of the golden rule of safari that... Continue Reading →

The Pike

This article was published in the October 2017 issue of The Countryman magazine   My first sighting of a pike was on a cold autumnal day made danker still by the location; a muddy towpath by a bridge whose underbelly and black sides dripped with water. Without warning the sunlight breached the chill and lit... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 6

We awoke early morning by the shores of Lake Victoria to a lavender sky with a scattering of pink tinted clouds; the last remnants of sunrise. Silhouetted against the sky two men out in their boat were fishing. They were not impressed with my photography, something which would happen again later; I redirected the camera... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure-Day 5

An early start to allow for one last game drive; to enjoy more and even welcome repeats of the wonders that the Masai Mara showcase could provide. We were heading west out of the Reserve towards the town of Musoma; located on the banks of Lake Victoria and across the border in Tanzania. Although no... Continue Reading →

An African Adventure Days 3 & 4

The iconic destination for day three lay to the south west and was the Masai Mara; 1510 square kilometres or 580 square miles of national reserve situated in Narok County in the Rift Valley Province. As a national reserve, it is managed locally by Narok County Council, and unfenced animals move freely in and out... Continue Reading →

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