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Hello EPZ friends. My apologies for not saying 'goodbye' before dashing off on safari, but I had a bout of 'something awful' and was laid low, only summoning a return to health the day of leaving. We had a splendid 2 weeks away and I have many adventures to regale you with, along with some interesting images. These will follow after I return from Meru National Park on 20th March. In the meantime, a single upload, before I venture forth on some more travels.

We visited Olare Mara Kempinski Camp, on the outskirts of the Masai Mara National Park. Olare Orok is one of the new Conservancies on the outskirts of the Mara and previously lived on by Masai in their Manyattas (homesteads). Strict laws restrict the amount of safari camps, the amount of tents within each camp and even the type of vehicle used within the Conservancies. Further agreements restrict the amount of vehicles allowed around any animal, giving the wildlife a more comfortable and natural life than is experienced in the Masai Mara National Reserve - where I have seen as many as 20 vehicles 'boxing in' a predator cat trying to make a kill.

The camp is very comfortable and the staff are the most friendly professionals I have had the priveledge to be amongst. Our guide was knowledgeable, humerous and a great educator - for 14 days, each of 12 hours. There was no hesitation about taking 'picnic' breakfasts and lunches with us and, when the camp was low on occupancy, surprise kitchens were set up in the bush, giving us hot food as good as if they were in the camp - including tender, succulent steaks!

My upload is of one such 'Lunch', where we enjoyed magnificent scenery. Others were by Hippo pools, in forest areas (with a security guard keeping watch for us!). If anyone is considering a safari in Kenya, I have no hesitation in recommending Olare Mara Kempinski.

I shall now catch up with your recent uploads and look forward to being more a part of EPZ, later this month. My best wishes to all, Simon

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Feb 2014 - 3:11 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lunch 70
Username:SimonFletch SimonFletch
Uploaded:5 Mar 2014 - 12:11 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Lunch, Olare Mara Kempinski, Olare Orok Conservancy
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 12:19 PM

What an amazing lunch menu, Simon, and a wonderful setting to enjoy it in. Glad to hear you had a great time, and no doubt have taken 100's if not 1,000's of images to delight us with on your return from your next travels. Carol

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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 3370 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 1:01 PM

What a lovely place to sit and have lunch, muchly envious. Looking forward to your uploads Simon. Can I have some that aren't too graphic please TongueGrin
Enjoy your travels GrinGrin

Kathryn

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 1:07 PM

Oh how you have suffered deep in the heart of Africa, it must have been hellish having to live under such awful, barbaric conditions.Grin

Very much looking forward to seeing the results mate.

Andy

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viscostatic
5 Mar 2014 - 1:20 PM

A great spot for lunch Simon and an amazing menu. Kenya quite appeals to me now; if only there weren't snakes.

Phil.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 1:29 PM

70 lunches you have put up Simon and this is the first one I can eat.
I don't think I would visit your restaurant if you had one !!
Nice to see you back mate !!
Mick.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 1:44 PM

WOW Simon. This is what I would call 'high living'. just send me an invite. I could really enjoy eating lunch, being waited upon and looking out over that fabulous view.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
PS Dont forget the plane ticket.!!!!!!

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 1:50 PM

Hi Simon,

Wonderful images GrinGrin

Ali

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
5 Mar 2014 - 1:54 PM

Happy to note that you had a good time. Enjoy your further safaris. Great shot. Hoping for more

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 - 2:06 PM

Glad you enjoyed your trip Simon. Looks as though you were slumming it a bit! Great to have you back briefly. Enjoy your other trip. Cathy

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
5 Mar 2014 - 2:44 PM

Wow Simon not a bit jealous not at all (says me lying through my teeth) GrinGrinGrinWink

John

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Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 - 2:47 PM

Great image, Simon. Not quite a picnic menu.GrinGrin , perhaps more a Harrod's Menu. Welcome back, albeit, briefly. Enjoy your next safari. Look forward to seeing more great images upon your return.

Fred

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104036 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 3:12 PM

But did you invite the vultures? WinkGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 3:30 PM

This adds a whole new dimension to the idea of dining al fresco, very stylish!

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Caziwinkles
5 Mar 2014 - 4:59 PM

At least this meal the steak is cooked!!
Looks lovely - is that a spare seat I spy??!! Smile

Carol

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 5:04 PM

Good to see you back and with two good images
Very stylish meal
Lillian

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 6:48 PM

Two wonderful images and no champagne in site!! Have a great time!!

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bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 6:58 PM

Good evening old chap it's delightful to have you back from your meanderings Smile and a delightful couple of images too. Look forward to seeing more lunch's from you . Ps will pm later when I get a quiet moment Wink
Rob

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101491 forum postsdark_lord vcard England140 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2014 - 7:44 PM

Good to hear from you Simon, even if it is only a flying visit.
This is the sort of lunchbreak we'd all imagine we'd want to take in Africa.
Looking forward to your future uploads.

Keith

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5 Mar 2014 - 7:47 PM

And there I was thinking you'd be camping out in the bush and finding your own food to eat Bear Grylls style!Wink It looks like you had lunch served in the style befitting a gentleman adventurer.Grin It's good to see you back on site again and regaling us with your tall tales from the African bush

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Lynniesefforts
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5 Mar 2014 - 11:23 PM

Such an idyllic location for dining !! Delicious menu!! Enjoy the next leg of your travels Simon.

Lynette Grin

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nonur
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5 Mar 2014 - 11:51 PM

What a wonderful scene, Simon! I love it!

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AnnJ
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5 Mar 2014 - 11:58 PM

Just love it.....a lesson on how to live in the wild!!! Ann.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2014 - 4:36 AM

Now there, Simon, is a lunch worthy of the name. What a great setting for a formal meal!!!

Peter

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6 Mar 2014 - 10:28 AM

Its good to see you back, and cant wait to see future shots from your travels
GrinGrinGrinGrin

Patty

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JuBarney
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6 Mar 2014 - 10:30 AM

Doing it in style - that's the way!
A beautiful capture of life in the wild!!
Ju

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6 Mar 2014 - 12:06 PM

invite me to Simon lovely work ! enjoy your travelling and await your return

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7 Mar 2014 - 12:32 PM

Beautiful Simon, enjoy.

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AlexAppleby
7 Mar 2014 - 2:25 PM

Now you're just showing off!!! So very jealous!!! Have a great time on the rest of your great safari journey and we'll look forward to seeing the results on your return!!!

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7 Mar 2014 - 9:36 PM

I can't think of a better place to have your lunchWinkGrin
Ryan

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handlerstudio
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17 Mar 2014 - 11:58 AM

I have always heard that the sky is amazing in Africa, and your photo is the proof.

Peter

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