In all the hustle and bustle and excitement of the merger into Elewana Collection last year, we have been quite quiet in updating our diaries for you.
However, we have a great story to tell to bring the Manager Diaries back to life!
The other week we had the pleasure of hosting Jonathan and Angela Scott, the world- renowned naturalists and photographers. Here is what they had to say about their stay:
We just had the most amazing 4 nights at Elephant Pepper Camp filming with National Geographic in one of our favourite parts of the Maasai Mara – the Mara North Conservancy. This is familiar territory for us: Fig Tree Ridge, Leopard Gorge and Mara Buffalo Rocks are some of the most beautiful stretches of wild country in Africa. Angie and I have spent many happy days, weeks and months in the company of the Mara’s star leopards – Chui and the Mara Buffalo Female in the 1970s and 1980s, Half-Tail and Zawadi in the 1990s and 2000s, and Zawadi’s daughter in more recent times. A drive down Leopard Gorge is always a magical experience. The oceans of long red oat grass make this time of the year spectacular – perfect for backlit shots of lions and cheetahs in the early morning or late evening. Hundreds of elephants can be seen ploughing deep furrows through the grasslands, taking time to socialise and breed with food in such abundance. The birdlife is always a feature of any safari to the Mara with the male Jackson’s Widow Bird performing its eye catching dance in the long grass to attract a mate, while Weaver Bird colonies are alive with noise and activity as the males construct intricate grass nests among the acacia bushes along the watercourses.
Elephant Pepper Camp is the perfect retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Set among the soothing canopy of a patch of forest, the tents are bright and spacious, elegantly and tastefully appointed, with nice large shower heads to soak under after long days on safari. The food is a treat for all palates and the chef is only too happy to accommodate the most demanding dietary requirements. The vehicles are spacious and great for photography with guides who will ensure that you get the most from each game drive. A safari is always defined by your Hosts back at camp, and Patrick and Sophie Dessy make each visitor feel special; nothing is too much trouble, and all delivered with an open friendly manner that inspires confidence and adds that extra element that defines a great camp.
We always remind people that the Mara is much more than its big cats. Of course we all want to see a lion standing tall in the long grass, its long mane blowing in the wind. And their are lions aplenty in Mara North Conservancy. But a safari to this Garden of Eden is also about taking time to simply enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa in all their myriad of forms, from the flat- topped acacias and desert dates marooned in all that long grass, to a sundowner sipped along the banks of the Mara River. So be sure to take time to sit back and enjoy one of the most magical spots in Africa, whether from your vehicle or from a deck chair on the privacy of the veranda of your tent. Bliss!
And don’t forget to make a visit to a Maasai village to learn more about their colourful culture and the role they are playing in helping to conserve this unique paradise. William ole Pere’s village near Aitong is somewhere we always visit whenever we are in this part of the Mara.
~Jonathan & Angela
Thank you Jonathan and Angela, we thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and the National Geographic team!
Patrick & Sophie