August 9th to 11th - Amboseli Nationalpark
August 9th 2017 - Driving to Amboseli National Park
African safaris are not for the late risers: At 5:15 the alarm clock rang again - first for Simone, then at 5:45 for me. After a good breakfast Eric expected us at 7:00am in the hotel lobby for our first drive to Amboseli National Park, which we reached at 11:00am at Iremito Gate. Eric did the formalities for us and then we went through the gate into the park.
So our first game drive already started. After a short distance we already saw the first impressive elephant bull:
Around 1pm we left the park and Eric drove us to Kibo Safari Camp, our home for the next 3 nights. After a very friendly welcome with exotic fruit cocktails and hot towels we were accommodated in tents 8, 9 and 11 with a view from the terrace directly to Mt. Kilimanjaro - if it were visible. Unfortunately, it was almost always hiding behind clouds.
The tents were extremely spacious and comfortable with en-suite bathroom, shower and toilet and very tastefully furnished in the typical local style. Warm water and electricity were available in the tents at any time of the day. The Kibo Safari Camp is relatively large with 80 tents, but the tents are far apart so that one does not disturb each other.
In the following some photos from the camp:
Kibo Safari Camp is located outside the National Park, but only about 5 minutes from the gate. It is located in a relatively large fenced area, so that we could move freely without fear of being eaten by a lion 😉 Contrary to our first information, it was also possible to enter the park several times a day without any problems, so we can recommend the camp without reservation. After a very good - and very extensive - lunch buffet we had a siesta. In the afternoon we made the second gamedriveat 4:00pm and among other things we discovered a big elephant group:
Shortly before sunset we observed a large pride of lions with a somewhat scattered looking male lion, who apparently had some trouble with one of his ladies:
Thereupon he had to shake himself first:
And after that we finally enjoyed a sunset in Africa again:
Back at the camp after sunset, we first had a Gin-Tonic at the obligatory campfire (“Bushman-TV”) and then enjoyed the dinner buffet. So the first great day of our safari ended.