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Friday, 15 March 2019
Shubhankar Sharma visits Nairobi National Park

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    Shubhankar Sharma has gone head to head with some of the big beasts in the world of golf but he had an entirely new experience on the eve of the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa.

    Unlike in his native India or on the golf course, there were no Tigers to be seen on Wednesday at the Nairobi National Park, but Sharma saw crocodiles, black and white rhinos, zebras, impala, giraffes, warthogs, guinea fowl, owls, eagles and ibises in the Kenyan bush.

    Our host nation this week is famed around the world for its safaris and Sharma got to take in all the sights and sounds alongside six time European winner Tony Johnstone.

    Television viewers will know how passionate Johnstone is about the wildlife on his home continent and the duo enjoyed their evening with nature.

    "We had a great time," said Johnstone. "I'd been told Shubhankar was quite a shy, quiet man. We had a fantastic time, he came out his shell, he absolutely loved the wildlife, he was asking questions and I think he enjoyed it as much as we did. We had a lot of laughter.

    "Soon after we went into the park there was a big dam on the right and there were two big crocs lying on the bank and four sacred ibises that looked quite inquisitive. The croc was lying there with its mouth wide open and they walked up to within two or three feet of the croc.

    "I couldn't work out if they were blind, inquisitive or stupid, to be honest, and Shubhankar turned away and said, 'I can't watch this. He's going to eat all those birds!'.

    "I think it's quite unique in that it's the only game reserve in the world where you've got the skyline of a city in close proximity. I've read a lot and heard a lot about Nairobi National Park. It's nice to have seen it."

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