In August 2013 a dream came true for us, we travelled to Africa for the first time, together with good friends. We had booked a 17-day safari trip that would take us through several national parks in Kenya. During the whole time we had our own jeep with guide at our disposal. It was an incredible experience to see the amazing African wildlife in their natural environment. The density of animals was immense, the so-called “Big Five” (elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalos and leopards) we had all seen after only 5 days. Also the accommodation in the lodges and tents was first class. It was a dreamlike journey. Here I show a selection of the best pictures
In Nairobi we started our journey and visited the elephant orphanage, the Karen Blixen House (known from the film “Out of Africa”) and the Giraffe Center.
From Nairobi we drove north towards Samburu and stayed overnight in the Mountain Lodge at Mt. Kenya at 2195m altitude.
The Samburu are a tribe living north in Kenya. The Samburu National Reserve is a 165 km² nature reserve and is situated on the Uaso Nyiro River. Here we spent three days.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Sweetwaters
We headed back south after Samburu to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where we stayed in the Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Sweetwaters lies directly on the equator. Here we stayed in tents for the first time - but very comfortable, each with its own en-suite bathroom and a terrace where we could watch rhinos in the evening.
Rift Valley und Thompson Falls
From Sweetwaters we went on towards Lake Nakuro, passing the great African Rift Valley and visiting the famous 74m high Thompson Falls.
Lake Nakuro is actually famous for its huge number of flamingos, which we unfortunately only saw in the distance because of the high water. But instead we saw a lot of white rhinos.
Actually there are two lakes, the smaller one is a salt lake and here we could finally see the flamingos closer during a boat safari. Later on we went on a walking safari on a peninsula in Lake Naivasha, the Crescent Island, where we got very close to giraffes and wildebeests by foot.
Finally we reached the highlight of our trip: 5 days in the Mara Bush Camp in the Masai Mara. During several game drives we could see a lot of animals and watch several magical sunrises and sunsets. We were even lucky to watch the river crossing of the wildebeest twice. This experience was breathtaking