Above: View over the Maasai Mara National Reserve from the terrace at Angama Mara, Kenya

Broadly speaking, my recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania elicited two contrasting reactions. Some people questioned my sanity and furthermore suggested that I was being irresponsible in ignoring the government’s advice not to travel. But another group insisted that encouraging fully vaccinated people to reengage with the world was commendable and that helping to revive East Africa’s tourism industry, as well as restart the flow of money into wildlife conservation, was a highly desirable objective.

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