Best Safari in Kenya
“Every creature was designed to serve a purpose. Learn from animals for they are there to teach you the way of life. There is a wealth of knowledge that is openly accessible in nature. Our ancestors knew this and embraced the natural cures found in the bosoms of the earth. Their classroom was nature. They studied the lessons to be learned from animals. Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem.
When I was a kid I used to watch this weirdly animated cartoon about a boy names Stanly who had an animal encyclopedia. The little dude would open it up, chose an animal and then jump into its world. He went swimming with dolphins, running with horses and even was dumb enough to play with lions (so jealous). Anyways I used to love that cartoon and I dreamed of having that life. Wild life has always attracted me and I hated zoos. I mean I wanted to look at animals, study their behavior but not when they were caged and deprived of a normal life.
So it shouldn’t be a shock to you people that when I went to Africa I actually went bonkers. To be that close to wild animals was a dream come true. Kenya made that dream a reality for me. There are so many wild life safaris in Kenya that it takes days for someone to see them all.
“I feel like I’m nothing without wildlife. They are the stars. I feel awkward without them”.
Every tourist begins with visiting the Amboseli Park and so did i. If the image of a roving herd of approximately a hundred elephants appeals to you then that Amboseli Park definitely is your cup of tea. The magnificent peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, close to the border in Tanzania, looms over this manageable and small Rift valley park. The roads there are rather reasonable and the herbivore watch is very dramatic. The park provides an amazing view of elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos but the visibility of big cats is not that frequent. The safari is a three day package which compromises of van transport from Nairobi which is about a four hour drive away plus a full board accommodation in a nice little tented camp with a pool. This is present just outside the Kimana Gate, a place where many animals group up in the dry season.
“The wild is where you find it, not in some distant world relegated to a nostalgic past or an idealized future; its presence is not black or white, bad or good, corrupted or innocent… We are of that nature, not apart from it. We survive because of it, not instead of it.”
The Nairobi National park is another place that tourists should definitely visit. It is just a short ride from the airport and does offer wild life enthusiasts like me short on time, a fast track safari experience. In 2011, the Nairobi tented Camp was founded and because of that visitors can now sleep in the park and are tucked into a tree lined valley. The serenity makes it hard to imagine that just a few miles a away a bustling crowded city is present. The camp is quite luxurious, with spacious suit accommodations in the safari tents and night camp fires. The park does not cover a lot of area so wild life sightings are easy and quite frequent. The tourists might see lions, leopards, zebras and giraffes. The park is also an acclaimed rhino sanctuary which is home to both white and black rhinos. The stay there is not the cheapest one out there but a two day retreat is affordable and definitely worth your money.
There is a ten day camping safari that takes tourists through a wide range of Kenya’s breath taking landscapes, incredible wildlife and it’s also includes the world’s largest desert lake the Turkana and the second highest mountain the Mount Kenya. After the guides take you to the Ol pejeta conservancy in the foothills of the Mount Kenya, the safari actually halts at the semi-arid Samburu national reserve. All the three big cats, leopard, cheetah and lion plus hippos, buffalos and elephants can be witnessed there. It’s a sight to behold. Then tourists cross the baked earth and the volcanic terrain of the Chalbi desert and then they stay at Lake Turkana for 2 nights. It is a world heritage site that was featured in the classic film The Constant Gardener. The tourists are then given a chance to ride camels in the foothills of Mount Nyiro and stop at the Lake Baringo that it’s known for its amazing birdlife as well as crocodiles and hippos.
The country’s Maasai Mara is another safari haven and has numerous community run conservancies where tourists can witness great game viewing and a very low visitor number as well as activities that are prohibited in the National Reserve. The activities include guided nature walks and night drives. You may also be able to watch the great herd migrations that take place across the river.
Walking is my main method of relaxation. I don’t go over my lines or try to solve the world’s problems; I just enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.
Kenya is the place if you are crazy about animals and would love to spend days watching them. The animals taught me more then I learned from humans, somehow it’s like they are living a more harmonious life then we humans are. If you liked this article do share it and keep on visiting. I would love to hear about your experiences regarding safaris in Kenya, so share your story in the comment box. Bye