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Last month, Douggy Onsongo kept a promise and took the guiding team on a path less travelled
As a guide, while on safari I get to teach and tell stories, but I am also taught and told stories from people I meet from around the world. Some of these are safari pioneers and others are veterans. Talking of safari veterans, this is where my friend and employer, the late Steve Fitzgerald falls.
Image courtesy of Anna Leidenkrantz
I had been on many drives with him, but his very last drive in his favourite animal kingdom, the Maasai Mara, left lasting memories from this legend of conservation.
There is something about time and again safari lovers, they enjoy exclusivity, quiet and secret avenues in the Mara, and Steve was no exception. Paths less travelled, with or without big game, excited him the most.
On his last drive, I took Steve and his family on a lesser known circuit; my favourite haven where I take people who want to see less traffic and more adventure.
He loved it and asked if I could take the rest of the guiding team from Angama on the same circuit. A month ago, more than a year after Steve left us, I embarked on fulfilling my promise to him. Our resident photographer Adam Bannister, a team of six guides and I left camp at the break of dawn and started to trace this adventure I took a year plus ago.
From the pictures and video clip we took, I’m sure you will also love this journey.
Images courtesy of Adam Bannister