Lockdown has ended but we still felt nervous. We had a great trip, lots of wildlife, fantastic encounters and not many other people so all very civilised gamedrives. The highlight had to be the fantastic encounters with Cheetah and Lion, but what was truly amazing was the rainfall which made for some pretty interesting afternoons in the private conservancies of Ol Kinyei and Olare Motorogi.
Hurriedly arranged trip to coincide my departure from Italy with Larry Jackson's arrival in Slovenia. I probably only went in order to meet up with Larry who I hadn't seen for quite some time. It was a fairly average trip probably on account of the lack of wildlife which was to be expected but sharing time with my good friend made up for it.
Three weeks in Tuscany required a bit of research and I think I did rather well with stays in Lucca, Radda in Chianti, Siena, Pienza and Orvieto. Followed by a few days in Sorrento before flying to Slovenia for more landscape adventures
Following our trip to Ranthambore we flew to Leh, Ladakh, to start our journey to Uley to hopefully see the Snow Leopards in the mountains of Uley. We joined up with our good friends Ann Brooks and Sue Saunders at the Mahay Retreat and stayed for four nights to see the local temples which included visit to the festival at Matho Monastery. Then we headed to the Snow Leopard Lodge in the mountains of Ladakh. Our journey was curtailed by the outbreak of Coronavirus. Who would have believed that we weren't safe in the mountains where there was no phone or internet.
Trip to New Delhi and then transfer to Jaipur as Elaine, my wife, was taking part in an International Floral Competition. I went off to Ranthambore for a few days and left Elaine to make wonderful floral creations. We both then transferred to Ranthambore and stayed with Hemraj Meena at his wonderful Tiger Home Lodge very close to the entrance to Ranthambore.
Third trip to visit Yellowstone National Park in the winter. This trip more or less mirrored the 2015 trip where we spent eight days in the Lamar Valley, three nights at the snow lodge in the heart of the park, and five nights at West Yellowstone.