Andrew and I always wanted to do a safari in Africa. To be honest with you, when I met Andrew he told me very quickly that he was passionate about Africa and we realized that both had the desire to experience the safari.
The first step was obviously to find the destination of our trip. Well guys, when it comes to safari in Africa, you will have the choice between Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and many more…
You will be able to see many beautiful landscapes but for us we decided to visit Kenya as we found good deals with Ethiopian Airlines.
To be fully honest with you, as you can imagine the country is full of wonders and we got to Nairobi, we did not know where to start.
If you are laid back as we are, you will find yourself changing your plans very easily. So to avoid that here is a guide to the best of our experience!
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi is such a busy city, the economic city of the continent is host to a amazing national park. The park is home to the world’s densest concentration of black rhinos (more than 50).
Lions and hyenas are also commonly sighted within the park; rangers at the entrance usually have updates on lion movements. You’ll need a bit of patience and a lot of luck to spot the park’s resident cheetahs and leopards. Other regularly spotted species include gazelles, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and buffaloes.
The park’s wetland areas sustain approximately 400 bird species, which is more than in the whole of
You can also go by private vehicle. Nairobi tour companies offer half-day safaris (from US$75 per person).
We recommend going there with a tour guide as they are aware of the animals habits which can make you save a lot of time.
If you head North West of Nairobi, only 3 hours drive, you can visit the Lake Nakuru. We have to mention that it is no doubt a bird’s lover paradise.
Lake Nakuru National Park is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes and many other water birds. It is an excellent park for wildlife spotting and is home to many water-loving animals such as hippos and waterbucks.
The lake is fed by three main rivers; the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs. The park has very good roads and some excellent viewpoints overlooking the lake from Baboon Cliff and Lion Hill.
Unlike the Nairobi National Park, you have the possibility to stay on site for a single or several nights.
The area has all the amenities to satisfy very taste from guest houses to lodges and public campsites.
If you like, you can combine your Lake Nakuru holiday adventure with tours to Lake Naivasha, the cleanest lake in the Great Rift Valley, or with a visit to Lake Elmentaita. There you can elect to stay at the Lake Elementaita Lodge which is just 30km from Lake Nakuru. If you love nature, serenity and scenic retreats while enjoying the views of the Great Rift Valley, then Lake Naivasha Country Club, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha Simba Lodge are great places to stay outside of Lake Nakuru.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. Amboseli is home to many species, including African bush elephants, Cape buffaloes, impala, East African lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, Grant’s zebras, and blue wildebeest among other African animals. Also, a host of Kenyan birds, both large and small, are found there. It is worth to spend at least 3 nights to enjoy the nature beauty.
The Maasai Mara is known as one of the finest wildlife destinations in the World. This is the name of one of the most famous tribe in Kenya as they are known as great hunters and the rumors says that they can kill lions only with their hands. There is an excellent chance of seeing the Big 5, cheetah, serval, hyena, bat-eared foxes, black-backed and side-striped jackals, hippo, crocodile, baboons, warthog, topi, eland, Thompson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, impala, waterbuck, oribi, reed-buck, zebra.
The historic city of Mombasa
Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist destination. The city is easily accessible by flying with Kenyair or Jumbo flights from Nairobi.
It is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular destination for its beaches. Mombasa offers diverse marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere. There is a tropical climate all year; it is a great destination filled with activities for all ages.
Mombasa is a Swahili founded and ruled city. It was founded between the 1st and 5th century. At certain times it was occupied by the Portuguese, Arabs and British and originated back in the 16th century. Mombasa’s culture today still exhibits that of its past. Historical ruins like Forte Jesus de Mombaça (Fort Jesus), an historic Portuguese fort, and the Old Town are attractions influenced by Mombasa’s trade culture, with many examples of Portuguese and Islamic architecture.
The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.
The Giraffe center
The Giraffe center is the only sanctuary in the world within a capital city that enables you to come into very close contact with the world’s tallest yet endangered animal, the giraffe. We are situated in a quiet natural environment, whose biodiversity makes us home to a herd of Rothschild Giraffe, some Warthogs and over a hundred and fifty species of birds. We inspire children, youth and communities to interact with nature and conserve the environment for posterity.
Voted best beach of Africa twice already, with a flawless, long stretch of white-sand beach hugged by lush forest and kissed by surfable waves, it’s no wonder Diani Beach is so popular. This resort town scores points with a diverse crowd: party people, families, honeymooners, backpackers and water-sports enthusiasts.
As soon as we arrived there, we felt like the time stopped. A must do for the beach lovers!
It was also very important for us to mention that about our airbnb experience in Mombasa. We were hosted by Jackie Kirigo who is a social worker. She is dedicated to the education of children and keeping them from begging in the street.
While we stayed in her place, we had to opportunity to interact with the children and to taste the real local thanks to her precious tips!
If you are visiting Mombasa, we safely recommend trying her place as you won’t be disappointed!