A Mid-Year Update

A Mid-Year Update.


Experience” is an interesting word, in today’s world where everyone can access reels, clips, YouTube content and basically the world, or a version of the world, is at your fingertips – many of you follow our guides and Wild Eye online, through Facebook and IG.

As you would know from the social media airwaves we have had a VERY busy first half of the year, here at Wild Eye. How has the first 6 months of 2024 been for you?

It’s hard to believe 2024 is halfway completed, in a flash, so it seems!  Winter has firmly arrived and has its grip around all of us here in the Johannesburg office, the beanies are out, thick jackets dusted off and the bright blue sunny skies mean only one thing - safari season is in full swing!

Our team across Johannesburg and Nairobi have been preparing for the 2024 Mara season, we are excited to welcome all 181 guests to our little oasis, on the banks of the Mara River. Dickson and the camp team have been very busy since the beginning of the month setting up the camp, which will be in position until the end of November. Our continued aim is to leave little to no footprint in the conservancy when we leave in November, this means that our set up takes time and care and consideration. The 2024 Mara guests are going to be spoilt with some new exiting experiences! We even have a Wild Eye Camp Cocktail, ask Tenke when you arrive for a Vuka – he will ensure it is icy cold!

Our guides and guests have had amazing experiences in the following destination in the first half of the year: Tanzania – Best of the Serengeti; Kenya – Amboseli and Kicheche; India, Norway – Svalbard Voyage; and in South Africa – Madikwe Safari and the much-anticipated Sabi Sabi and Mala Mala Photographic Seminar.

We have had private safaris travel experiences in the following amazing destinations:  Tanzania, Kenya, Cape Town and Botswana to name a few. Imagine seeing a black leopard on safari – well this was a highlight for not only the guests and Johan who was Private Guiding the guests, but massive excitement for all of us at home too.

The birth of a giraffe in Kenya.
Michael Laubscher and his guests posing on a lookout point at the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

According to the Oxford dictionary “experience” can be a noun or a verb.

Steven and I experienced the famous Shalati train in May for our 21st wedding anniversary – a culinary delight and what a novelty to sleep in a train carriage within one of the greatest wildlife reserves in the world! Heaven! Our next experience as a family is hiking in the Drakensberg and we are praying for a cold snap and for some snow. Then in August some more bush time for all of us. Afterwards, Steve takes his sabbatical, driving South to North through the Kruger with a walking safari too and a bird list as long as his arm to tick off.

We plan ahead, as a family, booking our experiences well in advance, to avoid disappointment but also to have something to look forward to. Do you plan the same way? How do you get through the busyness and routine? I have been known to count the sleeps to our next experience!

As Tenzing Norgay quite famously said “To Travel, to experience and learn - that is to live.”

Sending you all warm hot chocolate hugs and happy planning for the next 6 months, while we continue to change the way YOU see the world!


Operations Manager

Learn more about our Mara Camp

Our Wild Eye Mara Camp Co-ordinator, Candice Roberts, has put together a stunning blog post on the most common Questions and Concerns from our camp guests.

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