How a trip to Africa can change your life

If we could, we’d be in Africa all the time. However, sometimes we do actually have to show a face in the office, so we absolutely adore speaking to our friends and clients who have recently returned from their holidays in Africa. Last week we spoke to Sharon and Bill, just back from honeymoon on safari in Tanzania and making us incredibly envious about the nine leopards they spotted during their safari. Afterwards Panny and Alasdair made us even more wistful as we heard about their adventures in Sarara and Rutundu, two of Kenya’s least known (but wonderful) spots. However, what made us long for Africa more than anything, were the photos that Will Fortescue took on safari in Kenya.

Will Fortescue

Will Fortescue

The fact that Will ended up in the Masai Mara seems to have been more luck than anything else. Heading out on a gap year, he was fortunate enough to end up at Governor’s Camp– one of the very first safari camps in the Masai Mara– and with a plum location in the heart of the park. Armed with his sense of adventure and a camera, Will fell for the Mara and its big cats in a very big way.  His photos are full of life and remind us why we fell in love with safari in the first place. And while we like to think we were in there first, we’re now stumbling across Will’s photos in serious photography magazines.

Will’s successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with us this week- we can’t wait to see the pictures! In the meantime, you can see more photos on Will’s website at: http://willfortescue.co.uk/

Zebra on the plates of London

Mick Profile ShotA few weeks ago an email popped into our inbox from Mick Élysée, a Congolese born, London-based chef. Did we want to come and try out the menu for his new pop-up restaurant in East London? Well, there was really only one answer.

Safari FoodGetting decent African food in London can be something of a challenge, to say the very least. While Shaka Zulu in Camden does serve excellent grub, a restaurant of such scale doesn’t really convey the communal fun and intimacy of most meals that you’ll eat on safari in Africa. Arriving at the Marsden Bistro we joined long tables where Londoners and ex-pat Africans rubbed shoulders together. Mouth-watering venison steaks followed zebra and springbok burgers (the best zebra we’ve eaten since we were last in Windhoek) and a mighty nine courses later we rolled back out into the fading light.

Future pop-ups will be held once a month, with a choice of starter, main-course and pudding. Having sampled the lot, we’d recommend the salted fish dumpling and the venison steak. For details of Mick’s next safari lunch, visit his Facebook page.