News from the Aruba Mara Camp and the surrounding area
25.03.2018 Very wet this year
This year already in March we had a little foretaste of the big rainy season which actually starts around mid to end of April and can last until the end of May, middle of June.
There were heavy rain showers that sometimes brought our river, the Talek River, to its shore borders, our camp is fortunately higher than the opposite shore so we always "dry" stay. For the Chinese road construction between Narok and Sekenane Gate, it was a big challenge, it washed under half finished sections, ripped pipes that were not yet fixed again and so it quickly became clear that some things had to be improved. But it is progressing quickly, at the same time, the train route from Nairobi - Narok - Lake Victoria is being further developed. The Nairobi-Mombasa line has been in operation for a year and works great.
Unfortunately, this rain with the high-water rivers has probably killed our famous cheetah Malaika. She was last seen in early March on the riverbank with her two almost grown-up boys. A week before she had met with the 5 brothers (called the "5 musketeers") and probably paired.
After the day at the riverbank, the two guys were sitting there for days and shouting or wandering up and down, it looked like they were looking for their mother .. as I have not heard from them since then .. The possibility that they are looking for one The successful pairing of the two guys has separated and retired is still there and gives us a little bit of hope.
Overall, the Maasai Mara, especially here in the Talek area, is now very green, the grass is high and everything is blooming. So that the wildebeests could actually come .. We expect a relatively early migration by.
14 November 2016 The well-known ornithologist Benj Smelt trains the Aruba team
Benj was born in Holland in 1957, in the still biologically diverse landscape of Braband.
His father, a natural scientist, already familiarized him with bird watching in his childhood, and since then he has been studying birdwatching autodidactically. The Dutch gained his knowledge especially in the last 12 years through a wide range of field experiences in all 4 continents of the world:
In South America and Asia he worked as a volunteer for NGOs and private and state nature reserves. He trained guides and rangers in basic ornithology, wrote articles / publications, produced maps, edited videos, and aroused environmental awareness among the locals.
He worked with well-known ornithologists in Asia and Africa, especially as a Birdlife International employee.
In Nepal, he contributed to Carol Inskipps 'Red Data List' and discovered a new species in the country.
In Thailand he worked with Philip Round Flyway on the conservation of the critically endangered Spoonbilled Sandpiper.
In Malaysia, he wrote and documented a publication on 'The Birds of KSNP' revised by Dave Bakewell.
Most recently, he was sent as a field researcher to the Taita Hills in Kenya for a project by the Italian ornithologist Luca Borghesio to research and rescue the critically endangered Taita Apalis.
Now he finally offers birding tours for the guests of the "Aruba Mara Camp".
His specialty is the identification of birds, the creation of checklists and the recording of their sounds. He specializes in observation, field research, cam-trapping, GPS and photography.
24 July 2016 Recently, in front of the veranda