A Few Words About Us
Mike Condy's life has revolved in and around the African bushveld. He was born in Botswana.
From a very young age, he had the benefit of spending long stretches of time in Botswana and Zimbabwe, accompanying his father, a wildlife vet, on his many expeditions into the bush. It is here that his interest and passion grew for the raw, unspoilt beauty of Africa.
These trips regularly resulted in yet another orphaned or injured animal being taken back to the Condy homestead for recuperation and recovery. The most well known of this collection, was Rupert, a six week old baby black rhino bull rescued during Operation Noah, which was the well documented animal rescue operation saving thousands of animals from the rising waters of the newly built Lake Kariba.
Rupert's new foster home was the Condy family home in Harare. This unique story has been the subject of a film documentary featured on PBS, Discovery and Animal Planet.
Mike gained first-hand knowledge of the flora and fauna of each region he visited from which he developed a passion for the preservation of the wilderness that was his playground, and for the huge herds of wildlife that roam the African savannah. Through the years, Mike has seen how the precious African veld and its wildlife has been increasingly threatened. This has motivated him to introduce visitors to, and create a stronger awareness of this valued environment.
Mike's wife, Dini, is a well-known and respected South African artist. Her sensitive and honest depiction of the varied landscapes, the people and cultures, is alive with movement, engaging one's senses that evokes and embeds memories of special places. As she accompanies Mike on his expeditions, she collects fresh material and sketches scenes that she later brings to life with oils on canvas.
Mike combines fun, adventure and an up-close experience of the beauty and fragility of the African wilderness in his safaris. His knowledge is not 'out of a book' rhetoric – Mike speaks from experience, and shares his passion and care for the environment that is genuine and unique.