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WIT Founders Christina and John are on their annual trip to Africa this month — this time in Cape Town and Namibia — escorting clients on safari. Every day, we open our email to a brand-new photo from them! Check out these cool pics from their trip!
All captions by Christina
They visited Laura of Laura’s Township Tours in Cape Town, one of our favorite tour guides. Laura organized a birthday party for a young 4-year-old.
The girl is being raised by her great-grandmother, and she has been at the school for two years. She’s the only kid whose family cannot afford to provide a cake for her birthday, plus no one knows her real birthdate.
Laura also bought Lorna a doll as a birthday gift. Lorna wouldn’t take the doll out of the box as she didn’t want to get it dirty! So at nap time, she took the whole box with her to her mattress.
Christina and the crew also took socks for all the kids, and lunch was homemade sausage rolls, juice and cake.
COMING UP: More Willamette Intl Travel ESCORTED TOURS in 2019!
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- Tanzania – February 2019.
- Kenya – September 2019.
- Namibia – August 2019.
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Do you get that we adore photos from Africa? Here are more links in case you do too!
On our Instagram: instagram.com/wittravel
Our Client Brian Allen’s album of Tanzania
On others’ Instagrams: 8 Awesome Africa Accounts you should be following on Instagram
We at Willamette Intl Travel love any photo of Africa we can get our hands on! Thank goodness for Instagram! We’ve stumbled upon some great wildlife and cultural photos of Africa, that we’d love to share with you.
WIT Owners/Founders Christina and John go practically every year to Africa. In Portland, Oregon? Call Christina today to arrange your trip to Africa, or to simply find out more: 503-224-0180 or email email@example.com.
Get colorful with G Box Creative – freezing life on the everyday streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Take a walk on the wild side of beautiful South_Africa_through_my_eyes, founded by Nina Zimolong, a photographer based in Cape Town.
Did you know: Willamette Intl Travel has a brand-new Instagram account! Follow us over at @Wittravel.
Of course we couldn’t help but mention the awesome cultural and natural photographs by our friends over at Origins Safaris.
4. DSWT (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust)
Who can help but “oo” and “aa” over the touching photos of the elephants and rhinos by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The breathtaking photos of big cats and other African nobles, courtesy of David Lloyd, an NZ wildlife photographer.
We love the storytelling lens of Steven Chikosi’s account!
The feed of wildlife planet looks like something out of a fairytale picture book.
Conservationist and photographer Margot Raggett captures snapshots of animals at play, and in peaceful and quiet moments.
Follow us on Instagram for more glimpses of Africa – coming soon!
Last Thursday, Willamette Intl Travel received the saddening news of the passing of Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. As a longtime partner of Origins Safaris, Willamette Intl Travel has organized numerous trips to Kenya over the past few years, which often included a visit to the elephant orphanage program of this heart-warming and inspiring Wildlife Trust. Christina and John have also taken small groups out to Ithumba Camp, located in a remote area of Tsavo East National Park where the orphans are gradually released back into the Wild. All who have gone with them have said that this was a life-changing experience.
Born in Kenya in 1934, Dr. Dame Sheldrick devoted her life to African wildlife. Together with her husband David, the founder warden of Tsavo East, she transformed Kenya’s largest national park into a safe haven for wild species, including the largest elephant population in the country. Upon David’s passing in 1977, Daphne founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which for the past 40 years has been dedicated to the protection of elephants and rhinoceroses. During one of Christina’s very first visits to Sheldrick, she was thrilled to meet both Dame Daphne and her daughter Angela, who will carry on her mother’s amazing work.
In memoriam, Angela has delivered the following words:
What an example Daphne was to us all, and I feel blessed to have been able to call her my Mum because she was quite simply ‘one of a kind’. She was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled.
She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and this is what Daphne drew the most comfort from in her final weeks; knowing that her memory and work would continue with the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come and that the work that she pioneered has been able to achieve so much for wildlife and wild places throughout Kenya. She died knowing that she will continue to make a difference each and every day upon a land that she held so dear to her heart through the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, thanks to a dedicated team she leaves behind. Daphne was fortunate to live long enough to preside over mud baths at Ithumba with well over 100 orphans, ex-orphans and wild friends frolicking, and be able to say to herself, ‘but for I’. What a gift she leaves us all with, as she really is a shining example of the finest of humanity. Thank you all for your love and passion and support.
If you wish to make a donation to commemorate Daphne’s life and help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continue to protect the wild lives she loved so much, the Trust has created the following link:
Every dollar donated to the DSWT is put to good use, saving wild lives and keeping families together. Case in point: Last month, the DSWT/KWS Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit freed this tiny calf from a water hole. Racing nightfall they put the baby in their truck (with the pint-sized passenger trumpeting as loudly as he could) and set out to find his mum. The two were successfully reunited and walked off into the sunset together.
For those who attended WIT’s 40th birthday last December, you may remember the beautiful painting of wild elephants at Ithumba Camp, a silent auction presented by Kenyan artist Edwin Selempo. WIT collected and donated the proceedings of that sale to the David Sheldrick
Read more on our blog about the Wildlife Trust, Tsavo East National Park and the Ithumba Safari Camp (where Christina and John have stayed with many clients during their visit to Tsavo and the elephants):
An important note: To stay at either of the Ithumba Camps, you need to take over the entire camp, four tents at each of two camps. Guests must also arrange their own food and drinks and safari driver-guide. Click on the link above to learn more about Ithumba.
All Photos included in this post are courtesy of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
In our Hotel Profile Series, we take a closer look at some of the properties that have charmed, bedazzled and delighted our clients for years without end.
In line with our ongoing theme on East Africa, today’s hotel profile we’re glimpsing into the private rooms of Gibb’s Farm, an incredible place in Tanzania for some post-safari R&R time. WIT Founders Christina and John often stay at the Gibb’s Farm on their biannual trip to Africa, in which they escort clients through the wonders of the Maasai Mara, Serengheti and beyond.
This luxury lodge is located in the Karatu area of Northern Tanzania, between the Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha. Just 30 minutes away from both animal-watching areas: Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day’s drive through the plains. You can go on walks, visit the local town, and pamper yourself in the onsite spa.
Winner of multiple awards from Condé Nast Traveler, Tripadvisor and Travel + Leisure, the property has been likened to “Eden”—and we agree.
Built in the early 20th century by German settlers as a coffee farm, in 1948 Gibb’s Farm was bought by a British war veteran, who restored the farm after its years of neglect, small vegetable and a flower garden that are still there. The 80-year-old farmstead now houses 20 luxurious cottages and a working coffee farm.
The ambiance is rustic African with a dash of English countryside playfulness. Spend the night in one of these farm cottages, surrounded by flowers, lush foliage and views of the estate from the veranda.
Christina and John often book Gibb’s Farm for their clients at the end of the multi-day safari in Kenya and Tanzania as a perfect conclusion to an African adventure.
With organic produce and farm-fresh dairy just outside the kitchen door, it’s no wonder the cuisine at Gibb’s Farm is outstanding. With organic veggies, creamy milk, local meats, and, of course, organic Arabica coffee, guests always leave a meal satisfied and satiated. Candlelit dinners are the norm around the farm, with creative, English- and Tanzanian-inspired dishes.
Your guide will take you out for a drive around farmlands in Northern Tanzania, or pay a visit to a local Maasai medicine man. Visit nearby villages Tloma to learn about the Iraqw culture and traditional pottery, and swing by the Karatu market for a glimpse of daily life.
Indulge at the spa to soothe your aches, with traditional remedies like Olkaria clay paint, Arabica coffee scrub, Oljingai Heat Revival, Olorien Hot Wood Treatment, and Engorno Milk Massage.
Gibbs’s Farm also hosts an artists-in-resident program, where East African artists stay at the farm and create commissioned artwork.
Get involved and contribute a few of your extra hours in down-time with local communities:
- working alongside carpenters to construct furniture for the area’s schools.
- planting trees to help control erosion and reforest the region
- visiting a primary school in Tloma and learn about the successes and challenges in a rural Tanzanian classroom
Looking forward to your next African adventure? Call Christina to discuss your trip to Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime Safari expedition! 503-224-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re just tuning in, today we’ll be covering the last leg of WIT Founders Christina and John’s intrepid adventure into East Africa. This is part of our ongoing series on WIT Founders Christina and John’s 2017 African Safari this September. Together with Origins Safaris Christina and John are escorting a group of enthusiastic and safari-loving clients to natural reserves and wildlife conservancies.
Today: Ithumba Camp Extension, The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Tsavo East National Park
As part of an extra 4 nights in East Africa, Willamette Intl Travel included an optional extension at the Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park.
Tsavo East National Park
One of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, Tsavo East National Park was established in 1948. Tsavo is an incredible natural area 200 km southeast of Nairobi, just a 60-minute charter flight away. Spanning an area of 8036 mi² (20813.14 km²), it’s an ideal safari wilderness, with glimpses of giraffe, gazelle, lions, dik dik and buffalo.
The best part is how remote it is—so remote that the only way to get cellphone reception is to climb a huge boulder and stick out your arm!
Ithumba Camp & Ithumba Hills Camp
There are two camps called Ithumba, one is the more compact Ithumba Camp and the other is the 5-star, luxury Ithumba Hills Camp. Both camps are just minutes away from each other. We have featured the Ithumba Camp in a previous post, but it’s worth taking a second look at this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Every seven years, Tsavo suffers from droughts, causing thirst and friction as elephants roam onto small farmlands and destroy them looking for water. Fortunately Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage does an amazing job taking care of the animals.
In 2016, the Sheldrick foundation shared the story of Malkia, a young orphaned calf. When her mother died from thirst, Malkia was found at her side. It was necessary to rescue her young milk dependent calf, about six months old and undernourished.
She was fed greens throughout the night, then in the morning keepers landed a Cessna Caravan aircraft. The baby was prepared for the flight, laid on a mattress, placed on a canvas stretcher so she could be ably lifted into the back of the plane, which had already had the seats removed allowing for ample space for her to lie recumbent throughout the 1 hour flight with a Keeper by her side. She was hydrated with a drip for the duration of the flight and arrived safely at the Nursery by 1.30pm in the afternoon. She immediately fed on milk for the first time since being rescued, which was a relief, but she did look exceptionally tired and was ready to lie down on the soft hay of her stable to sleep.
Malkia has thrived in the Nursery, aided by her forceful nature. She is a very determined and mischievous little girl, whose presence here has certainly been felt. Despite being so young when rescued, and under such sad circumstances, she has settled fast; loving and affectionate to her Keepers from the outset. Malkia and her little friend Esampu have become extremely greedy and vociferous at meal times, with every feeding time accompanied by noise and barging! Despite being so small they can be extremely disruptive giving the Keepers quite the run around. We are happy to report that Malkia has assimilated into Nursery life seamlessly and appears extremely happy and content amongst the other orphans and her now much loved human family.
The story and images of his rescue can be viewed by clicking this link: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphan_profile.asp?N=361
To Foster Malkia please click on this link: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/foster.asp
To make a general donation please click on this link: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/is/donate_now.asp