Less than two hours’ drive from Nairobi, Oserengoni Conservancy is our privately owned, nineteen and a half thousand acre, flora and fauna paradise. It plays home to a diversity of wildlife that includes: Rhino, Leopard, Grevy’s Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Buffalos, Hyena, plains game as well as a bird list that boasts over four hundred species. The Conservancy hosts two properties, Chui Lodge and Kiangazi House where one can enjoy this unique and diverse wildlife conservation area.
Set to recognize and celebrate Africa’s outstanding hospitality the Safari awards are held every year and this year’s safari awards finalists were announced on May 11th, 2012 in South Africa.
The Good safari indaba party took place in a spectacular invitation only event held in Durban that also saw the announcement of the finalists who will be awarded in London at a separate ceremony later in the year.
Chui lodge had been nominated in four categories of the 2012 Awards in running for: Best safari Guiding Team in Africa, Best safari cuisine, Best Ecological property in Africa and the Best Safari property in east Africa of which were earned through the sustained effort in environmental conversation and sustaining the environment.
Last night, I predicted that this morning would see the arrival of new life, and I was right. Taking my daily morning drive through the Conservancy, I was excited by the events that lay ahead. I reached the Warthogs hideout hole just in time to witness nature take its course.
As is typical of sows (female warthogs), the expectant mother had left her family to dig up a separate hole to give birth in. She will then remain in the hole for several weeks nursing her piglets until they are big enough to walk on their own.
I was driving near one of the water points and came by this two African fish eagles perched on a dead Leleshwa tree. Beneath their watch was a great array of wildlife, Giraffes, Wildebeests, Elands and Grants gazelles. Way off in the distance nestled on a large acacia tree was the eagle’s half year old chick calling out to the parents. I turned to see what would have prompted the kwee…. Kwee…. kwee calls from the chick only to realise that a couple dozen of the African white backed vultures were flying headed in the direction of the particular tree the chick was perched. This must have freighted her, for ordinarily, the two hardly compete for food although the fish eagle is known to peculate other bird species in a behaviour scientist refer to as kleptoparatism.
Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most respected private game sanctuaries in Kenya, has changed its name to Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary.
Corporate Sponsors the Oserian Development Co. Ltd, under the banner “conservation through trade”, joined other stakeholders and sponsors for this year’s wheelbarrow race; fun filled, exciting sports-cum- fundraising event held on Saturday 16th June, 2012.
ODCL was registered as a conservation partner in the Event Partners Category with KWS and other of the country’s top corporations to raise funds for the construction of a Conservation Education Centre in Hell’s Gate National Park.