April 24, 1988 |
At the age of 15 or 16, male members of the Masai tribe go through a traditional manhood ritual that will forever determine the course of their lives. For about three months before and after their ordeal, they wear distinctive white facial paint, meet with village elders and contemplate their lifetime roles in the tribe, determined by their reactions to the ceremony.
April 11, 1999
Uganda reopened Bwindi National Park to visitors a month after eight tourists were hacked to death by Rwandan rebels who crossed the border near the park, known for its mountain gorillas. The Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry said it had stepped up security patrols and deployed troops to round up Rwandan rebels at the border. Mantana African Safaris of Kensington, Md.
November 23, 2013 |
We had a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting national parks in Kenya. On our 11-day safari, we visited the Serengeti (Masai Mara), Samburu, Amboseli and other parks. The wildlife is extraordinary with sightings of lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and many other animals and birds. Farid of F. Kings Tours & Safaris took pains in helping us plan our trip. The arrangements at the hotels were superb. We had a private car and driver for the four of us. I would recommend F. Kings highly and thank Farid for a job well done.
December 2, 2012 |
"The Centre Cannot Hold," the title of David Gulden's first book of wildlife photographs, is borrowed from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming," an ominous vision of a society headed toward self-destruction. The allusion here is to the future of East Africa's wilderness and its diminishing habitat, where Gulden has spent the last two decades painstakingly photographing endangered and familiar species. "The Centre Cannot Hold," (Glitterati, $75) is a culmination of his journey presented in a collection of 95 black-and-white photographs along with essays by Gulden and a foreward by author Susan Minot.
June 19, 1988 |
He was a boy in a dusty village in Kenya when it began, a boy with dreams and certainties as old as his tribe. He would grow to be a warrior of the legendary Masai. He would wear his hair braided, sleeked with tallow and red ocher. With his spear, he would stalk the lion. He would own cattle, as all the proud Masai before him had owned cattle. In time, he would be an elder in his village. But then, a new dream found him. 'It Was an Airplane' "The dream began in my village," he recalls.
January 16, 2005
Judy R. COOK of Lomita was touring the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya with husband Robert in June when a herd of cooperative giraffes provided her with her best shot. The animals were crossing grasslands when, as if on cue, "They strung themselves out in a line," she says. "Luckily, they stopped just at the right spot." * Send to "My Best Shot," L.A. Times Travel section, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; email@example.com. Include a caption, your name, address and phone number.
February 13, 1991 |
Two park rangers were charged today with the murder of a British woman in a southwestern Kenya game reserve. Jonah T. Magiroi, 28, and Peter M. Kipeen, 26, both Kenyans, were formally accused of slaying Julie Anne Ward, a nature photography enthusiast, at the Masai Mara Game Reserve in July, 1988. Ward's partly charred lower left leg and lower jaw were found in the animal sanctuary on Sept. 13, 1988, a week after she was reported missing.
May 4, 1989
A Long Beach Superior Court jury has awarded $33,000 to the family of a mentally disturbed man who died of a heart attack after being struck by a Long Beach police officer in the rear seat of police cruiser. The jury found that Officer Robert Billingham was at fault in the wrongful death suit brought by the family of Arnold Funkhouser. The driver of the car, Officer Michael Masai, was absolved in the March, 1987, death. Funkhouser, 37, was found to have died from a heart attack triggered by a blow to the head.
November 25, 1990
Having just returned from two weeks in Africa, reading the Nov. 11 Travel Section cover story ("Camp Kenya") was a great pleasure. I would amend your recommendations for hotels in the Masai Mara, Kenya, to include Governor's Camp, located in a beautiful series of bends in the Mara River and overlooking the plains and distant escarpments of the Rift Valley. Prices run about $320 a day for two, with all meals, game runs, laundry included. The tent houses are large, lamp-lit at night with a full bath, including bidet.