BBC 2 Africa – East Africa
Watching Africa on BBC2 last night reminded me of how wonderful a destination it is with such a huge diversity of scenery, huge variety of wildlife and birdlife to keep the most ardent twitcher happy. I loved the fact that we watched the smaller, less exotic animals and their inter-action with their environment. This opened our eyes to bhow much there is to see while still being fascinated by the Big 5.
The scenes of the drought brought back memories of my youth in the Nairobi National Park and the long drought of the early 60s that lasted for more than 2 years. The efeect on the game was dramatic and I recall that in the second year of the drought only baby wildebeest survived to adulthood out of the 1600 that were born each year. I also remember that some creatures benefited from this disaster. We saw vultures so full that they could not get of the ground no matter how hard they flapped their wings.
The whole community suffered and wwere left with a feeling of inadequecy. Rain, or the lack of it, was the first topic of conversation on everyones lips and every cloud was watched with hope that it would bring relief. Our home filled with abandoned babies and sick animals – most of which died despite the efforts of everyone. In a typical African twist, when the rains came we had a flood.
However these droughts are not the norm and East Africa remains a wonderful destination for its experiences, amazing wildlife and scenery that is dramatic and ever changing. It was the birth place of the safari and still remains a great destination that suits most budgets.
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