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WILDLIFE AND DEATH ON A KENYA SAFARI

It is 6 a.m. and, gathered in little groups around the open-sided lounge, we recall the night's activities. I had awakened to a trio of baboons scuffling on my back porch. Scott, who inadvertently left his door open, played unwilling host to a pair of hamster-like creatures under his bed. Those of us with rooms facing the waterhole told of zebras, elephants and cape buffalo trekking past our windows. But now it is dawn and, bleary eyed over delicious Kenyan coffee, we wait to begin the first of many trips. Before we're through we will know something of the never-ending dramas, the wisdom and cunning, tenderness and savagery, enacted in the name of survival by wildlife in Kenya's national parks and game preserves.........

We are a group of twelve travelling in two mini-busses with roofs raised for easier viewing. Our two weeks' tour will see us lodged in five different preserves, in accommodation ranging from comfortable to luxurious. Twice a day, unless travelling between parks, we will bounce along dirt tracks, happily watching and photographing game. At nightfall we will return to our base and swap tales of the day's adventures that would do Hemingway proud....

The following are notes from my diary, kept while on safari:.......