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Lunch 70

By SimonFletch  
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

Tags: Lunch Landscape and travel Olare Mara Kempinski Olare Orok Conservancy

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Mar 2014 12:19PM
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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5 Mar 2014 1:01PM
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

Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
5 Mar 2014 1:07PM
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.

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 1:20PM
A great spot for lunch Simon and an amazing menu. Kenya quite appeals to me now; if only there weren't snakes.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
5 Mar 2014 1:29PM
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 !!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
5 Mar 2014 1:44PM
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
PS Dont forget the plane ticket.!!!!!!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 1:50PM
Hi Simon,

Wonderful images GrinGrin

ukgubbi 6 5 India
5 Mar 2014 1:54PM
Happy to note that you had a good time. Enjoy your further safaris. Great shot. Hoping for more
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
jdinne 14 16 England
5 Mar 2014 2:44PM
Wow Simon not a bit jealous not at all (says me lying through my teeth) GrinGrinGrinWink

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.

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
5 Mar 2014 3:12PM
But did you invite the vultures? WinkGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 3:30PM
This adds a whole new dimension to the idea of dining al fresco, very stylish!
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 4:59PM
At least this meal the steak is cooked!!
Looks lovely - is that a spare seat I spy??!! Smile

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 5:04PM
Good to see you back and with two good images
Very stylish meal
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
5 Mar 2014 6:48PM
Two wonderful images and no champagne in site!! Have a great time!!
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2014 6:58PM
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
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 530 England
5 Mar 2014 7:44PM
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.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Mar 2014 7:47PM
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
Such an idyllic location for dining !! Delicious menu!! Enjoy the next leg of your travels Simon.

Lynette Grin
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Mar 2014 11:51PM
What a wonderful scene, Simon! I love it!
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
5 Mar 2014 11:58PM
Just love it.....a lesson on how to live in the wild!!! Ann.
Now there, Simon, is a lunch worthy of the name. What a great setting for a formal meal!!!

6 Mar 2014 10:28AM
Its good to see you back, and cant wait to see future shots from your travels

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2014 10:30AM
Doing it in style - that's the way!
A beautiful capture of life in the wild!!
6 Mar 2014 12:06PM
invite me to Simon lovely work ! enjoy your travelling and await your return
Bantu 4 7 1 India
7 Mar 2014 12:32PM
Beautiful Simon, enjoy.
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!!!
6 3 8 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2014 9:36PM
I can't think of a better place to have your lunchWinkGrin
17 Mar 2014 11:58AM
I have always heard that the sky is amazing in Africa, and your photo is the proof.


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