That's the first word you here when you visit Kenya. Jumbo means Hello in Swahili the local language of the country. People of Kenya are so warm hearted and welcoming that you instantly feel at home.😍
Kenya is known for its wildlife and Masai Mara is an integral part of it where you get to see the Big Five. (Lion, African Elephant, cape buffalo, Rhinoceros & Leopard.)
Our's was a 6 days trip to Kenya and our guide was the driver from safari.com named David Kenyatta who was extremely knowledgeable, jovial and always on his toes. We are still in contact and he keep on sending us pics of various destinations he visit in African Continent. 😊
On our first day we landed in Nairobi and after going through not so very tedious immigration we freshened up for our journey ahead. It was a direct flight from Mumbai, India which took around 6 hrs to reach Nairobi, Kenya. You can buy a local sim card at the airport itself. We were pickep up by our driver from the airport in a canter, we had our lunch in the canter itself and stopped at Our first stop The Aberderas County Club in the evening where we had a short tea break.
One of the best places to stay, we had our tea and cake surrounded by deers, peacock and innumerable beautiful birds. Aberderas County Club was the reception to the place we were supposed to stay. So we placed our luggage and carried only one bag to our hotel for the night "The Ark". Staying at Ark is an experience in itself. Surrounded by forest on all side one can get the feel of wildness. It takes around 45 mins of bumpy ride to reach "The Ark" from Aberderas County Club. Once you check in it's pure Bliss. They have a special deck from where you can see the animals who come to drink water in an artificial pond, we caught a glimpse of two of the 5 Big Five's viz. Cape Buffalo and heard of Wild Tuskers. Baboons on the deck and various other creatures and beautiful birds. The Ark has a unique custom of ringing bells whenever any animal is seen from the deck. For e.g. they ring one Bell for elephant, 2 bells for cape buffalo, 3 rings for Leapord, and so on. Whoever wants to catch the glimpse of the animals can go to the deck and if they don't want any disturbance they can switch off the bell. Unfortunately we had only one night to spend in this beautiful hotel. I could capture some beautiful birds in the morning before checking our from the hotel.