This year, as the teams are already on their first day into the 2013 Mountain Safari, I’ve decided to share some images from last year’s trip.
It begins at night, so there’s not much to see 🙂 Our fist stop is at Peter and Ruth, 58 Mile, Lethem Trail; that’s 58 miles from Linden. There’s a GuyOil Service Station there now, as well as cellular service from Digicel.
Nikhil was our primary driver (but seeing as he didn’t trust any of us behind the wheel, he ended up being the sole driver; I don’t blame him, I wouldn’t trust me behind the wheel on a Safari either)
A view from the back seat, note the can to the right 🙂
The trail crosses the might Essequibo at Kurupukari, where the Mekdeci Mining Company operates the pontoon crossing.
After the crossing, we pass through the Iwokrama Rainforest Preserve, and as soon as you leave the forest, we are hit by the vastness of the Rupununi Savannas, and the lovely undulations of the foothills of the Pakaraima Mountains. Our next stop is The Oasis, at Annai, run by Mr Colin Edwards and the native Amerindians from the village. Colin has carved out a piece of paradise at The Oasis and the Rock View Lodge just behind it.
After leaving Annai, we continue on the trail until the turnoff to the first village on the main Safari, Karasabai, where we spend our first night. Along the trail, the view of both the Pakaraima Mountain range and the Kanuku Mountain range is breath-taking
At Karasabia, we arrive with just enough light left in the day to set up camp… and enjoy the sunset 🙂
I think the first day was probably the most diverse for the photography 🙂 I may not post tomorrow (it being Palm Sunday, but look out for my next post from the Safari. Best wishes to those on this year’s Safari, come back safely.
Click on the images to see them larger in the Safari 2012 Gallery in the collection.