Nuances of Hunting a Man Eating Tiger
Nuances of Hunting a Man Eating Tiger
The Safaricom Marathon in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya, was scheduled to take place on the 26th June, 2010. A few days prior, we went sight-seeing and stayed in Treetops Lodge. After arriving I realized, what a lucky brush I was getting! A brush with Royalty! 5 Feb 1952: "For the first time in the history of mankind, a young Princess climbed up a tree one day, and after having described as her most thrilling experience, climbed down the next day a Queen" (as recorded by Jim Corbett about Queen Elizabeth II). 28 June 2010: I was there at the same hotel, doing exactly the same thing: photographing animals as they lick salt on the front of the Treetops Lodge. In the forest there are also open areas called 'salt licks,' where trees do not develop due to the heavy salt deposits in the soil. Animals visit these salt licks to consume salt and balance sodium content in their blood, as neither carnivores or herbivores consume salt. In most cases, there outsourcing component to Vietnam is a water source nearby, to quench thirst. For animal watchers, salt licks are a favorite place to sit. Bison and elephants are found in huge numbers. Deer too are part of the mix. Leopards come prowling to feast on deer. Treetops Lodge is such a resort hotel situated in the Aberdare National Park in Kenya near Nyeri, the township. Nyeri. At 1,966 meters (6,450 ft) high above the sea, it provides a clear panorama of Mount Kenya. A huge lake as well as Salt licks are adjacent to the Lodge. From the numerous perches, balconies and glass windows guests can observe the wildlife. Sitting within the safe confines of the massive glass windows, it is possible to easily photograph and videograph elephants moving within a single hand. We arrived at the lodge after dark. From the verandah, many animals could be observed salt-grazing. As night fell and it started getting cold the group retreated close to huge glass windows in the Lodge. The lick was illuminated with strong search lights. Many would not have thought of trading this post for a comfortable bed. People who did were informed of any new sightings by the sound of a buzzer. Animals sighted were elephants, mongoose, deer, bison and warthogs. It was fascinating to watch the elephants scoop saltful's from the earth with their trunks. Every new herd marching in loudly trumpeting its arrival heralded plenty of excitement inside and outside the Lodge. Newcomers were welcomed by other visitors with mud showers. Treetops has had a turbulent story. The year 1932 was the time that Eric Walker built a machan and log home with four bedroomsand a kitchen area et al on a huge banyan tree. This offered guests a close view of the local wildlife while being completely safe. Walker was able to make a splash on February 5, 1952. Princess Elizabeth along with Duke Philip climbed up the tree in the evening and spent the night excitedly photographing wild animals. In the night of 5/6, their father, was King George VI died in England. When she was taken down from the tree on the 6th she was queen Elizabeth. This was a major event that saw top travelers all over the world descending into Treetops (not all of them were coronated next day, anyway). Notable visitors included hunter-conservationist Jim Corbett, Baron Baden-Powell (founder of the Boy Scouts movement), comedian Charlie Chaplin, American actress Joan Crawford and Lord Mountbatten. In the Mau Mau Uprising, which began as a protest against British dominance and discrimination in the Kikuyu native land in The initial Treetops was burned to charcoal black. But animals still continued to frequent the salt lick. Treetops was renovated in 1957, and has now 50 rooms, with plenty of viewing spaces. Visitors are permitted to bring only one overnight bag , and there's an outlaw on footwear with hard soles due to the sensitivity to hearing of the majority of animals. A diligent daily log of the animals that are sighted is kept in the lodge by staff members. We'd visited this area prior to the race in Lewa Downs. It was my first encounter with Royalty - to have stayed in the same place that Royalty did - it was a marathoner's privilege!

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