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Greetings from St Lucia!

  • February 28, 2011 11:58 am

Hi all! The sunshine and light, breezy afternoons have conspired to treat guests to amazing hippo sightings during the last week as we were lucky enough on one occasion to have 4 adult hippo in a very playfull mood- breaching, rolling and chasing eachother around in the water fairly close to our kayaks. On another occasion while parked on the banks of crocodile island, one hippo decided to get out onto the island for a graze, unperturbed by our presence. We did however back off slightly after he gave us a big yawn and a bit off a stare, making sure everybody knows who has right of way in and around the estuary!  These sightings offered very good photographic opportunities, so if you were there please share your pics with us and you might win a Kayak Safaris T-shirt for your efforts!

Hippo haven

  • February 21, 2011 7:59 pm

Just got off the water after the perfect late afternoon paddle. With a light breeze just enough to take the edge off the scorching sunshine, a few hippo decided to get out onto crocodile island for a snack. With the wind in our favour we sat hidden by some reed beds with these 3 hippo grazing to within 30 meters away from us, seemingly unaware of our presence.  They eventually returned to the water where one decided to have a back scratch by means of rollng around on his back in the shallows. An unforgetable experience indeed!

Hi all!

  • February 14, 2011 4:47 pm

Been having a brilliant time out there and paddlers have been rewarded with very good sightings and a few fairly close-up encounters of  hippo as they huddle up in the shallows on those hot summer mornings, making for some good photographic opportunities. Also spotting some big crocs regularly as the still dropping water level opens up bigger banks for basking crocs. For the birders; a variety of sandpipers and plovers, incl large numbers of Common Ringed Plover, are present at the moment and active on the islands and as a bonus we have had a few recent sightings of Little Bittern.

A scorching time!

  • February 7, 2011 1:49 pm

Things have been heating up as we enter what’s expected to be the hottest month of summer – as a result the reptiles have been quite active and some young Nile Monitor lizards can be spotted basking in vegetation on the sunny banks. Crocodile nesting season is in full swing and within the next few weeks the first hatchlings should start emerging; no doubt there will be a few very protective mothers around… And still on the subject of our scaly friends – a few guests were lucky enough to spot a 2m Forest Cobra crossing the road very close to our kayak lockers! The breeding-pair of White-backed Night-heron seems to be doing well and sightings on and around the nest are at the order of the day.

Perfect conditions for kayaking!

  • January 28, 2011 11:52 am

The crocs are fighting for position in the sunshine on the sandbanks which are slowly surfacing after a break in the heavy rains that saw us into the New Year. This makes for some brilliant sightings and photographic opportunities. Hippo sightings have been good as they are still making full use of the extra space available and always keeping an eye on us to make sure we keep the distance as there is a couple of young calves with the pod.
On the birding front, we were visited by a pair of Pygmy Geese on 25/01, there are a few breeding pairs of Green-backed Heron and also a breeding pair of the elusive White-backed Night-heron!

Liesbeth, Els, Sigrid and Nouchka on the snorkeling leg of their full-day kayak and snokel combo.

Kayaking update

  • January 20, 2011 3:43 pm

Hi everyone! Been having an awesome time out on the water recently, as we are still reaping the benefits of higher than average water levels. This means much more space for the hippos and crocodiles to move and also lots more hiding place for some of the smaller creatures such as baby Nile Monitor- some of which has been spotted recently- a 15cm. Lizard that might grow as long as 2m!
On the birding front, the weaver nesting
season is in full swing and the reeds
buzzing with hundreds of Yellow, Lesser masked and Thick-billed weavers. Recent top sightings include Lesser Jacana and Eurasian Oystercatcher .

Adventure tour indeed!

  • December 5, 2010 2:25 pm

Had an amazing experience on the water as first of all, 2 of our guests found themselves much closer to some crocodiles than they intended to be when they accidently touched one with the paddle and it had to make an instinctive hasty retreat accompanied by a big splash and a few faster heartbeats. Later on we were treated to a beautiful sighting of a hippo mother with her new born baby, 3 or 4 days old at most! Definately an afternoon to remember!