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Unlimited Norfolk on Safari 2016

Dana Pope GOPR0548 organized a horseback riding Safari in Kenya using Safaris Unlimited as the outfitter. The Safari took place starting December 30th, 2015 through January 10, 2016. We were 10 people all members of the Norfolk Hunt Club:

All travellers

Donald Kamenz (dkamenz@bellsouth.net)
Ina Kamenz (ikamenz@bellsouth.net)
Carolyn Pope (Csapope@aol.com)
Laurian Pope (laurianpope@gmail.com)
Dana Pope (Dgpope@dolben.com)
Cecilie Pope (pope@gmail.com)
Christopher Lawler (cplawler1@gmail.com)
Ruth Lawler (relawler@comcast.net)
Polly Kornblith (pk@wildstarfarm.com)
Michael Newman (mnewman@dragonnorth.com)

Slideshows and Compilations

These photos and video have been organized for presentation. This section is where people are telling the story of our trip.

Don put up a web story at https://goo.gl/photos/mLxv6cVNre2UVVsV7

Polly built still photos into a YouTube compilation: Slide Compilation
This later got improved to: Improved Slide Compilation

Polly's Animal Compilation

Animals We Saw

African ElephantGOPR6339
AntelopeUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_9
Banded MongooseUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_1
Black-backed JackalIMG_1044
Cape BuffaloUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_3
CheetahIMG_0954
Common Dwarf MongooseUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_5
Common ElandUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_6
Dik-dikUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_7
GiraffeIMG_1024
Grant's GazelleIMG_0217
HippopotamusUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_10
HorseGOPR0191
HyenaIMG_1198
HyraxUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_12
ImpalaUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_13
LionIMG_1155
Olive BaboonUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_15
Scrub HareUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_16
Shenzi DogUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_17
Thomson's GazelleUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_18
TopiUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_19
Vervet MonkeyUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_20
WarthogUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_21
WaterbuckUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_22
WildebeestUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_23

Birds We Saw

African Fish EagleUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_24
African Wattled LapwingUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_25
Anteater ChatUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_26
Black-bellied BustardUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_27
Black-faced Go-away-birdUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_28
Common WaxbillUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_29
Egyptian Goose 
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove 
Fork-tailed Drongo 
Grey Crowned CraneUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_30
Hamerkop 
Helmeted GuineafowlUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_35
Jackson's WidowbirdUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_36
Kori bustardUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_37
Lappet-faced VultureUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_38
Lilac-breasted RollerUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_39
Marabou storkUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_40
Montigu's HarriorUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_41
OstrichUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_42
Pied KingfisherUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_43
Ring-necked DoveUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_44
Rüppell's StarlingUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_45
Rüppell's VultureUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_46
Sand PloverUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_47
Secretarybird Unlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_48
ShrikeUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_49
Sooty ChatUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_50
Southern Red BishopUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_52
Superb StarlingUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_53
Tawny EagleUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_54
Verreaux's Eagle-OwlUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_55
White-backed VultureUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_57
White-browed Robin 
Wood HoopoeUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_58
Woodland KingfisherUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_59
Yellow BishopUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_60
Yellow-billed Oxpecker 
Yellow-throated LongclawUnlimited Norfolk on Safari_img_61

Comments

Chris Lawler

For those that are interested, here’s some data on Kenya from the CIA. I was intrigued at the massive population growth (8 million at independence in 1963, 46 million today), and how they were dealing with it. To be a viable society, they have to employ most of these new people and, unfortunately, they are not. Unemployment runs around 40% depending on what source you believe. The only way they are going to employ such large numbers of people is to create new industries and businesses like China has done, and they seem far off from that. The good news is that they are having some success at growing their economy (over 5% per year for some time now), and the population growth has slowed (now under 2% per year). If they can keep this up, there is hope.

All of this is against a backdrop of corruption in the government which makes economic development challenging. In many cases, government sponsored projects are used to enrich the politicians which greatly hampers the success of the projects. The current president, Uhuru Kenyatta (educated at Amherst), is trying to change this, but the corruption is very entrenched. His own father (first president of Kenya after independence) played the game well enough to amass a family fortune of around $1 billion. Perhaps Uhuru, being more than well off, will see no need to further enrich the Kenyatta family, and will focus instead on helping his country. I would like to believe that.

The story in Tanzania is much the same, albeit at a smaller economic scale.

What a different world than ours. Makes you appreciate what we have despite our own challenges.

It also makes me wonder what the future holds for Africa. I can see it going either way with economic development being the linchpin. Having met so many wonderful Kenyans and Tanzanians, I will be rooting for them.

Dana Pope

It was a delight to spend our Unlimited Norfolk vacation with all of you. Friendships that grew stronger, shared adventure and ideas for future exploration.

Our family trip to Rwanda was a delight, spending 2 days with the silver back gorillas in the Volcano National Park on the Rwanda, Uganda, Congo border. There are numerous troops of gorillas that occupy these mountains shared by Rwanda, Uganda and The Congo. On day 1 we were on a steep slope with my legs spread wide, straddling the pitch and observing a troop of gorillas…..one silverback male, 2 females and several young. A female gorilla, about 250 pounds, decided she needed to pass by us and the shortest route up the slope was right between my legs…………….such a hoot! Unfortunately, not captured in digital for future bragging stories. On day 2, a male silverback (about 450 pounds) being observed by our group from 15 ft. away, got up, decided we were too close, and came over to me and one of the guides. We dropped to the ground as instructed so as to not be a threat. The silverback gently pushed the guide next to me firmly to the ground and kept his hand on the guides shoulder for about a minute, before ambling off. These gorillas, which are viewed daily, are familiar with the guides and trackers, who keep daily watch on each troop. There is a relationship there of familiarity and while being very powerful animals, the gorillas allow us to be very close to them. The young will think nothing of playing within feet of us, under the watchful eye of the silverback or the females………

On to Uganda to the URDT (Uganda Rural Development and Training ) girls school in Kigadi, Kibaale province….. http://urdt.net/ where Carolyn and I have been providing financial support over the past 20 years. The director of the school, Dr. Musheshe, met us at our Kigali Rwanda Serena Hotel and we drove about 400 miles through Rwanda, over the border crossing into Uganda and on to Kibaale District and into the town of Kigadi. The next few days took us through the Kibaale region, visiting graduated students in their villages who were using their training to better their families and local village. The school uses a shared vision strategy between parents and daughter, to teach improved living standards through sourcing of water, multiple crop strategies on the same land, create better housing, micro finance and money management, and creating surplus cash crops to create prosperity. One family we visited started with nothing as subsistence farmers 8 years ago, and now have 100 acres of land in cultivation and 20 employees. An extreme example of what can be done but one the school is proud of. The girls school graduates about 40 women per year. The parents have received training during this time as well. The girls go back to their villages, become “epi-center” leaders for the village and spread the knowledge learned to the entire group. At one village, after viewing the 20 acre plot the family had, we were invited to a gathering under a tent where 50 villagers were waiting for us. The women in the village, under the tutelage of the graduated student from URDT, had created 4 investment groups (each group had about 10 families in it) to pool their resources and create a micro banking fund from which they borrowed money to advance the URDT farming techniques on their individual plot of land. The male village elders were there to express appreciation to URDT and ask that the student who had trained them be kept on permanently as a URDT employee to advise the village going forward. This is the model of the epi-center program of URDT……..to fund graduated students to become local resources in the villages in the Kibaale District, to lead them out of poverty. We saw many situations of families with absolutely no assets wearing tattered clothes living in subsistence in mud huts, working the land. Amazingly, all seemed happy and well fed. It does not cost much to live off the land………

If you have any desire to support the efforts of URDT, let me know. Mike and Polly have recently been introduced to the program, having attended an event this past summer held at my business partner’s home in New Hampshire. The basic premise is to not give the villager a fish, but teach them how to fish………….. J. Our family gifts are made through the African Food and Peace Foundation……. http://www.afpfonline.org/ which is a US 501c3, which supports URDT and ARU. My business partner’s wife, Martha Dolben, has been until very recently, the Executive Director, leading fund raising in the United States.

For those women who are very intelligent and gifted, URDT created the first “ all women’s university in Africa” 2 years ago called ARU (African Rural University)….. http://aru.ac.ug/ This is an accredited university offering a degree in Bachelor of Science in Technologies for Rural Transformation (BSc. TRT). The graduating class was this past summer with 30+ women receiving their degrees. The hope is that these women will remain in the rural areas of Uganda and lead the effort of “rural transformation” of the people to a better standard of living.

The trip finished off with a visit Friday morning on our way to Kampala (the capital of Uganda), with an audience with the King of the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom. Uganda is divided into 5 monarchy kingdoms which goes back to tribal history over the past hundreds of years. Similar to royalty in UK, you have both central government in Uganda and power and influence of kingdoms in Uganda. The two are not supposed to overlap, but of course they do. Musheshe knows just about everyone of importance in Ugandan government and royalty in the province in which the girls school is located. His efforts in creating an educational model of learning have not gone unnoticed. We met with both the King of Bunyoro ( a man in his late 60’s) and his Prime Minister who spent substantial time with us after meeting with the King, to talk about history, culture, customs and the need for education in the rural areas.

An amazing adventure for all!.................... a bucket list trip for sure………….glad we went and enjoyed very much your camaraderie……………….

Photos

All Kenya 2016 photo directories These are directories containing all photos taken. They are not edited to show a reasonable subset of photos or a slide show.

These photos were shot at full resolution on two GoPro cameras. One set was shot on a Hero3+ camera. All other photos were shot on a Hero4 camera. The links here are the complete unedited set of photos taken by Mike Newman. Once editing is done new links will be placed here that contain a more reasonable edited set of photos.

Unedited Directories of Photos

Gopro Hero3+ camera
Hero4 camera card #1
Hero4 camera card #2
Hero4 camera card #3
Hero4 camera card #4

Video

Video Test

Lots of video was shot on the GoPro cameras. Edited video is weeks away. To try out various methods of display several file types are presented here. The MP4 file works and appears to stream properly. The AVI files try to download the whole file rather than streaming it. Here are test fragments of a lion chasing birds in several formats:
Lion Chasing birds this MP4 file is direct from the camera  (ftp) 796Kb
Lion Chasing birds, this file is converted to AVI format with High Resolution  (ftp) 816Kb
Lion Chasing birds, this file is converted to AVI format with Medium Resolution  (ftp) 411Kb

Raw Video

These links point to directories on the dragonnorth.com server that contain all of the video and photos taken on the GoPro cameras. No editing or selection is done. The browser is allowed to see the directories which contain the MP4 video files:

Kenya 2016 GoPro Video Directory

                                                                                                                                                       

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