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Book 4 nights at Campi ya Kanzi and get your flight free to/ from Nairobi, Kenya – saving £650! This great offer is valid for new safari bookings from October 1 – December 15 2019 and from January 10 – March 31 2020. Don’t miss out on this great safari offer at this luxury tented camp.

For details and other great special offers contact Vicky on 0131 3152464.

First confirmed sighting of an African black panther for 100 years

Researchers have confirmed that there are rare black leopards living in Laikipia County, Kenya.  This is the first confirmed sighting since 1909.  Black leopards are often referred to as “black panthers”—a term used for any big cat with a black coat. There have been reports of black leopards sighting in Kenya over the years, but no confirmed sightings for over 100 years.

Credit Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

The discovery was made by photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, alongside a team of wildlife researchers and their guide who  set up cameras near to Laikipia Wilderness Camp to get undeniable proof of the extremely rare and elusive melanistic leopard.  Melanism is caused by a gene that creates a surplus of pigment in the skin or hair of an animal.  African black leopards are so rare that researchers have been unable to confirm if the genetic mutation responsible for their dark pigmentation is the same as the melanism found in Southeast Asian leopards.

Photographed with a Camtraptions camera trap. Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Credit Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography.

The African Wildlife Federation (AFW) states there are nine leopard subspecies that are native to more than 25 African countries, with the black cats listed as “vulnerable” since 1986.  Hopefully we can now learn more about these elusive leopards and subsequently see their numbers increase.

5 black leopard facts:

  1. Leopards are powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars.
  2. The melanism gives the leopard the appearance of being completely black but its rosettes are still visible.
  3. There are nine leopard subspecies ranging from Africa all the way to eastern Russia
  4. 11% of leopards are thought to be melanistic, however most are found in Southeast Asia, where tropical forests offer an abundance of shade.
  5. In Kenya, black leopards seem to prefer semi-arid shrub land.

Kenya – Special Offers

Hemmingway’s Collection is offering a number of special offers at their safari lodge and beach hotel in Kenya, throughout the year, (except for Christmas and New Year).

7 nights for the price of 5 ‘bush & beach’ combo: Enjoy the very best that Kenya has to offer and combine your stay at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, (fully inclusive) with Hemingways Watamu, (half board).  Prices from USD $2,005 per person. Price also includes park fees & domestic flights.

There are also 9 nights for the price of 7 from $2555 and 11 nights for the price of 8 from $2,705. Contact us for more details.

Our pick of the best ‘Sleep-outs’ in Africa

There aren’t many more spectacular sights than the African sky at night with its millions of stars where the lack of light pollution only makes it even more enchanting. When leaving the frills of camp life behind, sleeping out under the stars allows you to really see what’s special and what’s going on around you. A night sleeping under these skies will be an experience not to forget and waking up to the dawn chorus at sunrise will make a wonderful addition to your safari.

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A clients tale…..Leopard & Hyena making friends!

Clients of our, Reg and his daughter Loraine, recently returned from a trip to Kenya where they visit every year as they have fallen in love with the Mara. This year they took their friend Marina and went back to stay at Kicheche Mara camp. She must have been their lucky charm as they had some fantastic wildlife encounters.

He sent us this wonderful account of a leopard and hyena chilling together in the midday sun, as well as some fascinating lions ……

“We had a fantastic time! Every year we go we say that it can’t get better but we are proved wrong.

We saw something we have never seen before (and neither had any of the guides or camp hosts!). A leopard was having a rest under a tree relatively close to a hyena who was lying in a small hollow. They were aware of each others location. The hyena was getting a bit hot so got up and walked about 75m to rest under the shade of a bush. The leopard, some 10 minutes later, got up and started to walk in same direction. We thought that, as there is not much love lost between the two, the “muck was going to hit the fan”.

Incredibly, the leopard laid down next to the hyena (within a couple of feet). The hyena looked up and at the leopard then laid down again. The leopard looked at the hyena, groomed itself and just rested.

Lions up tress, whilst not unique, is still not your every day scene, especially when they are 15/20ft up the tree and looking very comfortable.

We left camp one morning to track a pride of lions. When we found them George (our guide) realised that they were heading back to camp so we followed. At about 9.30 after following them they went through the camp (three of them) between the tents (about 100 yards from ours) to carry on their journey to a previous nights kill over looking the camp.

 

Counting the days until the next adventure……… ”

If you would like to have the opportunity of being lucky enough to experience something as magical as this, then please contact us and we can make it happen!

In the meantime take a look at our Kenya section for some inspiration!