What's top of Big Cat Diary Presenter's wish list?
Monday 12, September 2011
When Jackson Looseyia, Masai guide extraordinaire and regular presenter on the BBC’s Big Cat Diary, was asked what was top of his own wish list, he replied ‘Seeing the mountain gorillas in Rwanda’.
Legendary safari guide to lead unique Kenyan and Rwandan holiday
Now Jackson is realising the dream by hosting a safari in his own Masai Mara homeland before taking his party to Rwanda.
Though intimately familiar with the Mara, Jackson has never visited the gorillas before. This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn from a true expert about the wildlife in one of the world’s most famous national parks and to experience with him, for the first time, the magical spectacle of the mountain gorillas.
The trip begins at Naboisho Camp, Jackson’s newest venture in the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. This huge conservancy has very few visitors and tremendous game. Activities will include day and night game drives, fly-camping, guided walks, and cultural visits.
From Naboisho, the itinerary moves across the Mara ecosystem to Rekero Tented Camp, where Jackson started as a guide. In this, one of the most famous nature reserves in the world, and around the camp where Big Cat Diary is filmed, there is the chance to spot lion, cheetah, leopard, as well as hippo, crocodile, elephant, zebra, and giraffe.
Then it’s on the Volcanoes National Park to track the world’s last mountain gorillas. Unique to this trip is the opportunity to meet and chat to the vets responsible for the daily care and conservation of these endangered animals. Between treks it’s possible to hike around the lake and volcanoes or simply relax in comfort at the lovely Virunga Lodge which is set in one of nature’s most splendid spots.
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