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Few evenings have been so poignant to me as those spent by the campfire at Nairobi Tented Camp. I look forward to these moments more than any other on safari. Gazing into the flames, losing my thoughts in their crackle and pop, I find a peace that disconnects me from everyday life and draws me closer to nature. Sitting quietly with loved ones and ruminating on the experiences of the day, it is easy to realise how insignificant so many of the pressures of modern life are.

There were three reasons why our evenings by the flames at this camp were more memorable than usual. First, we were enjoying a very special family holiday, and those placid hours sitting tranquilly with our teenage daughters will be treasured forever. Second, late every evening we were serenaded by a leopard, its saw-like rasp in the darkness a reminder that we were very much in the wild. And third, it was remarkable that, despite this, we were still within the city boundaries of Nairobi. Here we were, enjoying the calm that only wilderness can offer, while just a few miles away one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities hummed with activity.

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