7 Marvelous Days In Kenya

21st Aug 2015

Karibuni” (Welcome) the flight attendant said just after our flight landed. It was a cold and beautiful august night. Our Kenyan Airways flight from Mumbai to Nairobi was comfortable and we were excited to start off our much awaited vacation. Little did we know that what we would experience in the next 9 days would be something out of this world. We witnessed the great wildebeest migration, took a hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara, visited the equator, spotted the Big 5, stayed in luxury tents inside a jungle, fed giraffes and adopted an orphaned baby elephant. Phew!

Day 1

Nairobi: The Giraffe Center, the elephant orphanage at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Kazuri Bead Factory are a must-see in Nairobi. Where else could one adopt a baby elephant, feed giraffes and see beautiful jewelry being made out of plain mud? Btw, our baby elephant’s called Ndotto !

An orphan elephant drinking milk from its feeding bottle!

Photo of Nairobi Central, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya by Kitty Iyer
Day 2

A day trip to Lake Naivasha – a freshwater lake in Kenya. It is approximately a 2-3 hour drive from Nairobi. Situated on the banks of the lake Naivasha, is the sprawling green ‘Lake Naivasha Country Club’ where we had gazelles, zebras and giraffes grazing about freely at an arm’s length distance. The guides took us on a two hour boat ride on the lake where we drifted alongside dozens of hippos, several migratory birds and the occasional croc. After a swim in the beautiful pool and a great lunch at the Country Club, we returned to Nairobi.

Peaceful lake Na

Photo of Lake Naivasha, Nakuru County, Kenya by Kitty Iyer
Day 3

Safari Time! After a 4 hour drive from Nairobi, we arrived at the ‘Aberdare Country Club’ just in time for a sumptuous lunch buffet. We tiptoed around a couple of shy peacocks and enjoyed the beautiful view of the lush green plains sipping earl grey. Before evening, we were taken to ‘The Ark‘ which is designed like the famous Noah’s ark. It is a unique tree-top styled stilted lodge set amidst the thick woodland right at the heart of the Aberdare National Park. This property overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a host of awesome wildlife. We spent a night at The Ark and got to see herds of Elephants from the viewing decks. Such a beautiful experience!

Heard of elephants seen from 'The Ark'!

Photo of Aberdare National Park, Nyeri County, Kenya by Kitty Iyer

We started early from the Ark after breakfast ( We had no mood to leave that place) and reached a very special place by noon – “THE EQUATOR”. Being at both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time felt pretty cool! We were shown the Coriolis effect, and even awarded certificates for crossing the equator! How awesome is that!? We then continued towards the ‘Mount Kenya Safari Club’, a place right out of a fairy tale. Beautiful green plains, lavenders, horses and an 18 hole golf course. We had an unforgettable meal after which we returned to Nairobi. Please don’t miss the animal orphanage near the Safari Club if time permits.

Day 4
Photo of Equator, Kenya by Kitty Iyer

Chilling in Nairobi, Masai market was a queer place. Fun fashionable Masai’s having their beautiful handwork for sale. We walked around the city, hopped malls and tried some Ethiopian cuisine for dinner. We soaked ourselves in the vibrant city life of Nairobi as much as we could.

A masai lady selling this gorgeous chain

Photo of 7 Marvelous Days In Kenya by Kitty Iyer

We were up very early and left to the highlight of our trip ‘The Masai Mara National Park’ hoping to see ‘The Great Wildebeest Migration’, one of nature’s greatest journeys. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate across an almost treeless Savannah from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. We were there to witness it from Kenya in 2 different ways. One from the hot air balloon and the other from the ground.

The Wildebeest Migration from the Hot Air Baloon

Photo of 7 Marvelous Days In Kenya by Kitty Iyer
Day 8

We started early morning morning from Mara Sarova for our hot air balloon safari! We witnessed the most beautiful sunrise, A lone elephant, a lioness, and the great migration of wildebeests. One of the best experiences we've ever had. He took us to see the great migration from the ground. We traveled 50 kms inside the national park to the Mara river. Just as we reached, the wildebeests crossed one side of the Mara river to the other escaping the crocodiles in the river smartly. We understood the real meaning behind 'the survival of the fittest'

The Magical African Sunrise!

Photo of Masai Mara Game Reserve, Narok County, Kenya by Kitty Iyer
Day 9

We returned back to Nairobi from Masai Mara. It was a rough 6 hours by road. With a heavy heart we had to say our goodbyes to Kenya. We were smitten and had fallen head over heels in love with Africa. Promising ourselves that we are coming back to Africa soon!

We took a Kenya Airways flight from Mumbai to Nairobi. The best season to visit Kenya and witness the great migration is between June to Aug!

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