EGGS – EYE GO GAME SPOTTING
EGGS or Eye Go Game Spotting was conceived by Iain Leckie, the Director of Lions Bluff Lodge, to raise awareness and funds for local community projects and LUMO. The event is held every October, for entry details see our information sheets:
Situated between Taita Hills Salt Lick and KWS Tsavo Jipe, LUMO Sanctuary is 50 km from Voi. LUMO was created by local ranchers who put their poor yielding cattle land together to create a Sanctuary for wildlife. In 2014 the fifth EGGS was held with 23 teams raising 1.8 million Kenya Shillings towards community projects. Teams set out at first light on Friday to capture on film as many animals, birds and plants as they could. They were also required to collect items such as an acacia leaf and an ostrich feather. Against a check list their photos won points. The more difficult the sighting was considered to be, the more the points earned. Eg An aardvark earned you 100 points and an impala 5.
After much fun and 30 hours of game viewing, the enthusiastic teams reported in for judging and prize giving. The home team, the Lumo Rangers won the event with 3515 points from a possible 6400 to take the coveted EGGS trophy and an awry of prizes. Teams came from all around Kenya with several overseas entrants. The oldest competitor was 80 and the youngest 14 months!
EGGS is extremely grateful for all the help it received from stakeholders and friends. In particular EGGS would like to thank KWS for all its logistical support, the fencing of the EGGS campsite and the smart polo shirts issued to all competitors. Sarova Taita Hills Sanctuary for allowing us to use their sanctuary and provision of catering equipment. Wildlife works for the maps and shirt production. Lions Bluff Lodge for provision of Bar, food and organisation of the event. Simon Crompton and his volunteers for the running of the office and judging of the event. LUMO for their sanctuary and offering conservation a chance in this unique part of the Tsavo ecosystem.