The Captivating Klipspringer

Klipspringer in the Serengeti. Photo by Megan Coughlin.

The klipspringer is a fascinating creature, unique among antelope species for its ability to easily climb rocks. (“Klipspringer” comes from the Afrikaans language and literally means “rock jumper.”) This talent helps it escape predators.

Tanzania Daily News recently published an article on this remarkable herbivore. Read it to learn more!

Featured Guide: Male Asumani

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Male Asumani is one of our guides in Uganda. He grew up in Mukono village on the outskirts of Kampala and is married with six children. Guiding is his second career; he previously worked for the Ugandan government as a presidential driver. In 1995, he decided to follow his love of wildlife and became a guide after attending courses and receiving certificates in guiding and birding. He has 31 years of experience in driving, and 17 of these have been as a safari guide.

Male is cool, calm and collected. His knowledge of Uganda, his warmth and his ability to deal with all situations make him a wonderful guide to have on a safari.

We had a wonderful experience in Uganda. Of course, the gorillas were the highlight but we also loved Semliki for the chimps and the ferry ride at Queen Elizabeth. Male was exceptional, special, impressive, and honest. We thought he was a very good driver-guide, and his many years of experience definitely showed during our trip.

– J. Henderson & D. Phillips

New Lodge to Open in Remote Eastern Serengeti

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Namiri Plains is a new camp for safari enthusiasts who want bush luxury and a deeper wildlife experience while leaving a small environmental footprint. This luxurious six-tented camp is set among yellow-barked fever trees in a remote and beautiful area of the Eastern Serengeti called Soit le Motonye. It will open July 1.

“Namiri” means “big cat” in Swahili. A former cheetah sanctuary, the area has been unexposed to outsiders for 20 years and now has the highest cheetah density in East Africa. Lions and leopards are also abundant here. In addition, the wildebeest migration passes through this area twice annually and giant wildebeest herds are accessible from camp for three-quarters of the year.

Because Namiri Plains is the only camp in this area of the Serengeti, guests will have more of the plains to themselves and rarely encounter other vehicles on game drives. A permanent water source near the camp means unrivalled year-round access to fantastic wildlife, especially cheetah, lion and leopard.

Namiri Plains is about a one-and-a-half hour drive east of Serengeti’s Seronera airstrip. The six tents include a honeymoon tent and family tent, and the camp is open to guests 6 years old and up. It will be closed April and May.

Contact Ujuzi if you have any questions about Namiri Plains or planning a safari to the Serengeti!

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See a newborn wildebeest walk for the first time

It’s amazing what you can see on safari: wildebeest giving birth, cheetahs on the prowl, and elephants taking mudbaths are just a few of my favorite sights. To help share the wonders of East Africa, Ujuzi has a YouTube channel that features some memorable moments from Ujuzi safaris. To give you an idea of what the channel has to offer, I’ve included the two most-viewed videos below.

You can watch more videos on Ujuzi’s YouTube channel. Let me know which is your favorite! Have videos of your own to share? Send me an email!

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