Monday, October 09, 2006

Rough Guide Map of Kenya & Northern Tanzania


It's worth looking out for the new Rough Guide map of Kenya (1:950,000) which is printed on rip-proof, waterproof plastic paper and is (hopefully) very accurate. The map has just been reprinted with this new-style cover and incorporates many changes and updates on the original printing of October 2004. For example, the B3 trans-Mara highway which connects Narok and Bomet and allows much easier access to the western end of the Maasai Mara is included. We've also improved the accuracy of the roads in the Mount Kenya area. Throughout the map, isolated lodge and hotel details have been updated and information on Laikipia is much improved. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Maasai Mara


This cheetah was well outside the reserve boundary, in the vicinity of Kicheche Mara Camp. As seen in the BBC's Big Cat Week, there's still a lot of off-track driving going on in the reserve, and especially outside it, where many camp operators seem to think the issues of plant damage and soil erosion aren't significant enough to worry their drivers and clients about them. It's true that if you don't drive off-track, and never forge your own way off the beaten path, you will see fewer animals, at least close up. But it's best to avoid all off-track driving, especially if it's simply to explore the bush, rather than for a specific photo opp.