"The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak. So we must and we will." - theodore roosevelt
"Tales of Borana"
Nestled in the heart of Kenya, Borana Reserve emerges as a haven for wildlife, where the untamed spirit of the African savannah captivates every soul that steps into its embrace. We were warmly welcomed, with panoramic views setting the stage for an extraordinary stay. Amidst this beauty, Cody, an orphaned Kudu, became an unexpected and delightful companion. His playful antics and attempts to join human activities added a charming touch to our days. From mischievous tricks to sneaking into the lodge, Cody's presence became a cherished part of the Borana experience. Early mornings in Borana unfolded with Land Rover drives across the vast savannah. Coffee became a faithful companion, helping to stave off the chill while we ventured into the wild beauty of the reserve. Grumpy black rhinos, majestic elephants, and expansive herds of buffalo and zebra painted the landscape with their presence. Mount Kenya stood as a dramatic backdrop, creating a visual symphony that left an indelible mark on our souls.
Cody's lively presence extended to our work, where his playful antics often interrupted interviews and filming. As the sun set, creating a canvas of twilight, the chaos of the day gave way to serenity. Evenings became a symphony of bushsong, twinkling stars, and the gentle rustle of leaves. Borana offered a unique blend of adventure and tranquility, a duality that resonated with the essence of the African wilderness. As shadows lengthened, we joined the rangers on their patrols, bidding them farewell as they ventured into the sunset. A smile, a wave, and then the profound silence of the reserve enveloped us. In those quiet moments, the spirit of Borana revealed itself—the untamed, the free, and the harmonious rhythm of life on the African savannah.
(photos: bog photography, kimberly wood)