Today I leave Nairobi and head to Samburu Heartland. I was seized by a shock of anxiety when I looked at my gear: laptop, camcorder and mic, SLR camera with an assortment of lenses, tripod, my clothes and boots, binoculars, field guides, GPS unit, and of course the small arsenal of cables, batteries and blank tapes. I hate not traveling lightly, but this small roving media center is critical to the success of my story-telling mission.
I've been in Nairobi for a few days, settling in and preparing for my travels ahead. I was in Nairobi for most of 2004, and it's great to reconnect with the staff in our headquarters here. I've been welcomed so warmly that in some ways I feel like I've come home from a long trip.
It's come down to this: an empty apartment and a duffel bag ready to go.
As was said in my previous blog, I had to visit the Kgalagadi Cheetah Project in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park during 02/03/08 till 07/03/08. The main aim of the visit was to spend time, learn, and discuss the proposed leopard research with Gus Mills, one of the leading figures in the field of large carnivore ecology in Africa.
There is not much to tell at the moment. I'm still working on the proposal, as most will agree that to work with beautiful animals such as leopards, preparation is of utmost importance. As a result, on Sunday March the 2nd I will travel to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park to see one of the leading authorities on African Large Carnivores in an attempt to share ideas and prepare a suitable project to be conducted in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.