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Late to dinner: a deathly tale from the heart of Kenya

Something died just before lunchtime. We got there about ten minutes late. The hippos saw it and a couple of other guests but we missed all the action.

A kill - yes a real stomach churning, hair raising kill - the likes of which I would actually like to see. As hideous as it sounds I want to see a real kill as in all my bush drives and safari shenanigans I haven't seen one yet.

The lion caught the warthog, we were toldm just as we arrived at the Karen Blixen camp on the River Mara in Kenya. You don't even need to get in the safari truck to see the action here - you can see it all unfold from your delightful al fresco dining table in the shade of an acacia tree.


It's my first trip to Kenya and, as one of my top five movies of all time is 'Out of Africa', I'm very excited to be staying at the Karen Blixen camp.

As we came into land in the small Cessna plane it was already apparent that the wildlife was in abundance. We spotted giraffe, zebra and the distinctive toilet seated water Buck from the air.
What took me by surprise was the stunning scenery which threatened to surpass the draw of the animals.

I can see why Karen fell in love here.

The camp reminds me of yesteryear and those early safari pioneers with their pith helmets and long boots. Any minute Robert Redford is going to appear khaki-ed up and ready to take me bush!


It's colonial, rustic, super comfortable and the staff are friendly and knowledgable and full of wonderful tales of the river right in front of us.

As we sat down for lunch I wondered what nature's wonderful cinema had in store for us at the Karen Blixen camp.

Little did I know that I was in for one of the most spectacular nights of my life....

For the full story you will have to wait till our September issue comes out.

In the meantime for more info on Karen Blixen


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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 1 July 2016

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