Mpala is both a 48,000-acre cattle ranch and an international biological research center.
It is located in Laikipia County in central Kenya in the shadow of Mount Kenya.
After a quick lunch we head out to test our new photographic kit and broadcast equipment. Our first full day on safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Carel Verhoef (centre), Co-founder of Herd Tracker, a website that gives live, real-time updates of the great wildebeest migration, interviews Samwell Chege, a guide from Pollman's safari company during a live streaming feed on Herd Hot Air Balloon take-off. Even though the river crossing we expected did not happen, we saw so many wonderful wildlife sightings, including a lioness stalk, hunt and catch food for her cubs. And great fun to experience all of this with the CNN crew who was covering the world's first live web broadcasts from the great wildebeest migration.
We see plenty lion, elephant, buck and of course a few sizeable herds of wildebeest and zebra. We witnessed large herds of wildebeest, zebra and topi gathering at the Mara River edge, and then suddenly they all decided to cross. A dominant male of the Marsh Pride of lions takes a drink from a water hole, also occupied by a hippopotamus, in the early morning sunlight on the savannah of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
Among all the happy memories of the beach are dry Sand on the face and you are so right endlessly having to remove seaweed from the swimming trunks, but it never seemed to matter - what did were the sea urchins !! My host was Alan Robson and I'd guess you'd have also known Wynn Bentley who lived at No.1. I remember the warm balmy breeze blowing through my hair and the soft silky silver sand running through my toes with the acrid smell of drying seaweed in my nostrils as the azure blue Indian ocean lapped gently onto the beach.
Follow on Twitter Like on Facebook We arrive in Nairobi, Kenya. A short 45-minute flight gets us to Governor's Camp on the banks of the Mara River. Members of a group of lions known as the Marsh Pride, made famous by wildlife film-makers Jonathan and Angela Scott in the BBC natural history serialisation Big Cat Diary, yawns having woken from an afternoon nap in the shade of a tree in Kenya' “The Mara never disappoints” - that saying was certainly true today.Be a part of the daily lives of some of the world’s most famous black-and-white bears: giant pandas!Join adult female Lun Lun, male Yang Yang and their youngest offspring, female twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, for bamboo, play and more. Zoo Atlanta is dedicated to inspiring visitors to value wildlife and to help safeguard species through conservation.The existing website, with all its archives, will continue to be available at archive.and [for a while] the chat will continue to work here.But this site is now totally unmanaged and WE really want everyone to move across to the new site at wildearth.tv, register there and start chatting there.