The elephants of Amboseli


Late last year, I returned to our exclusive Kiturua Conservancy near Amboseli National Park. Boasting the greatest density of elephants in all of Africa, a close encounter with these graceful beasts is expected here. And we were not disappointed! Within minutes of our first evening game drive, we came across three large bulls right outside of the camp.

We followed their slow saunter until they reached an acacia tree covering, where they stopped to eat.  With seemingly no effort, one bull pulled down a massive branch, startling all of us to point that I actually jumped out of my seat. Unbothered by loud thud of the branch or our presence, these gentle giants went about their dinner as we watched from the Land Cruiser, just a few feet away.

From this vantage point, we were able to really see each elephant as an individual – it was easy to note the scars and markings of each bull. Noticing these features proved to be useful, as the next day we were able to quickly identify and say “jambo” to the same elephants during our search for more game. 

It’s a real treat to spot the same animal more than once during a safari, and it’s even more special to watch in such close proximity. It adds an almost indescribably layer of intimacy to a safari. I’ll be sure to be on the lookout for these same elephants when I return to Amboseli later this month.

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Watching one of the three bulls

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Coming across two more elephant families

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A visit to India

One of the privileges of being part of a global travel community, is the opportunity to visit some truly outstanding destinations around the world.

In November, several Fellows of our Shackleton & Selous Society chose India to convene for our annual meet up. The chance to explore the rich history of Delhi, the colorful temples and forts of Jaipur and the wildlife of Ranthambore, left us with a positive and powerful impression of this country’s diversity. Mandip & Anita Singh were delightful hosts, providing insights and connections that personalized the experience for all of us.

Perhaps my lasting impression of India is the spectacular color which greets you at every turn; the Amber fort, the ivory palaces, the people and their countless combinations and shades of dress. A really pleasing assault on the visual senses!


Mandip Singh takes us through India


Jaipur’s finest hotel


Ranthambore’s biggest cat

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Asian elephant in Jaipur