For as long as I can remember I have wanted to go on a safari but If was only this January that I got to actually go on my dream holiday. A safari is the perfect holiday for me as I love to be doing occupied rather than being sat on a beach all day long.
I don’t think I can really put into words how I felt when I was waking up before sunrise and hopping into a 4×4 for our morning drives on the conservancy. Let me start off by telling you where I actually went in Africa. We arrived In Nairobi and stayed there for 3 nights (more on this place in another post) before flying in Safarilink plane to Mara Naboisho. Naboisho conservancy is a 50,000 Acre area that has a wealth of wildlife on offer without having the mass of people as you may do in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The conservancy is home to the big cats, on our drives we often found the lions sunbathing & hunting for their next meal as well as the herds of elephants, giraffes, hippos etc. Unlike the Maasai Mara reserve, Naboisho restricts the number of tourist that are allowed at an one time which reduce human impact on the environment and the wildlife.
We stayed at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara camp. It was absolutely fantastic! When we arrived we were told by our guide Raphael that we were the only people staying at the camp as it was their low season, perfect or what?? anyway the luxury tented camp has 10 canvas tents with an incredible view of the plains below offering comfort and luxury while on our safari trip. We stayed here for 7 nights which is considered quite a long time, usually people stay for around 3 or 4 nights maximum before moving onto the coast to finish off the trip. We actually loved having 7 nights at the camp because we got to see a huge array of wildlife and we were able to do various other drives that might not have been possible on a 3 nigh safari. I just want to take a moment to mention how brilliant all the staff were at Ol seki, They were the most friendly people I have ever met, we felt like part of the family. In particular Frances & Sekona who was always around at meal times and taught us a little Swahili. Raphael our guide was AMAZING!! He & Agnus (his intern) were such good spotters and always found the best wildlife giving us all the information about each individual animal, These guys really made the holiday special for us!
So what did we do? Well each morning we were ready to set off from camp at 6:30am till around 8:30am viewing the wildlife and the beautiful sunrises. On our very first drive we were amazed to see a cheetah and 2 cubs feasting on a Impala (Antelope). The afternoon drives started at about 16:30pm – about 7:30/ 8pm. On the evening sundowners we were able to enjoy a Gin & tonic while watching the animals or watching the sunsets. We were also able to go on a night drive where we spotted a group on Hyenas and parked the car up to watch the young ones play about with each other and even come up to the 4×4 to have a peak at what we were up too, It was awesome! We also visited a Maasai village where the women greeted us with a traditional Maasai song and showed us around their homes (which they make themselves) and showed us where the kept cattle. Non of the homes have electricity and it really made Dave and I appreciate how privileged we are to have basic things such as running water and power. I was advised before I traveled to Kenya to take something for the kids in the local villages such as pens, pencils books etc. We handed out the presents to the children before we left the village and they were pretty pleased with their goodies.
I will insert a few of the 2600 images i took for the whole trip below and you can see for yourself how utterly beautiful all of the animals were.
I am going to be doing a few more posts from my time away as there is so much more I want to say & show you but here is as good a place as any to start. If you would like to see more images head over and follow me on Instagram (HERE) I hope you enjoy the pictures, please leave any questions below…
X Leanne X
*We booked our Holiday through Turquoise Holidays, They were absolutely fantastic.