Leopards and Street Children

July 2005

Tarangire's Leopards and The Mkombozi Street Children's Project

Leopard on termite mound To combine wonderful wildlife with a visit to an inspirational charity project is always my idea of a fine safari. This short but sweet safari with the Chairman of the British Comic Relief Charity, his daughter and some of their friends was both adventurous and intellectual. We traveled the back roads from Arusha in to central Tarangire to view the close to park land use changes of past years, then on to Oliver's Camp to stay for three nights. After which we drove to the town of Moshi to visit the street children's project supported by Comic Relief. Check out the Mkombozi web site(external link).

Mkombozi also relies on the support of local companies and operators, and we are very pleased to support them by donating a small percentage of the income from every safari we run.

The walking at the rear of Oliver's Camp was full of incident with close elephant and snake encounters. The vehicle bound exploration gave us wonderful leopard viewing which included a hunt in open grassland. Tarangire is drying out and wildlife is concentrating at Silale swamp and along the river. The golden grass in morning light is stunning in July. Both greater and lesser kudus were seen near camp as were our resident lion pride proudly showing off a new 12 weeks old male cub whom we christened Hector. And oh yes the food at camp was better than ever- well done Charles (le chef at Oliver's Camp).

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