Incredible Adventure! Our adventure to Kenya was professionally planned and even more effectively executed. Jami prepped us in detail prior to our departure and I was well prepared for what laid ahead in Africa.
The sequencing of our 12 days in Kenya made each move that much more exciting. I would not be honest if I didn’t say that I thought 12 days may be too long for my attention span. At the end I could have stayed another week.
Our adventure began in Nairobi with a private visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where we personally met our adopted orphan elephant, Musiara being mine. Incredible work being done by this organization.
From Nairobi we traveled over the Equator (fun photo opportunity) to Samburu and began our Safari. For me, I’ll always remember Samburu as the land of the Elephants. Of note, these elephants are up close and personal – not for the weak of heart. Our guides, Mwashi and Siela were outstanding and knew where and when to go to find the best photo opportunities. A special wildlife treat in Samburu was spotting a Striped Hyena – very rare from what I’ve been told. Although elephants were abundant and a striped hyena spotting was special our guides made sure we did not leave Samburu before seeing all of the “Samburu Special Five” consisting of: Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk, and Oryx – all incredible! Wildlife was not all we experienced in Samburu as Jami set up a local village visit. Nothing was spared on us as we were guests in this village and got a rare opportunity to see how they lived and experience their culture first hand. Their diet consists of Meat, Milk, and blood – you probably get the picture.
Lake Nakuru was our next destination and a much different habitat than Samburu. Rhinos is how I’ll remember Lake Nakuru and our initial spotting of a Black Rhino. When this Rhino made it clear he was the king of his domain we took note, as did my heart rate. This left an impression! Although the black rhino is the aggressive one the White Rhino is impressive in size, second only to the Elephant in East Africa.
The Maasia Mara Game Reserve was the final leg of our adventure and it surpassed my expectations. This is what I envisioned Africa to be and it delivered. (Of note, our accommodations at the Mara Bush Camp Private Wing were top notch. From Michela the manager, to Martin our personal assistant, James the bartender,and Obi the chef all exceeded my expectations).
The Maasia Mara is were the largest groupings of wildlife existed. It is amazing to see hundreds, if not thousands of Wildebeest, Cape Buffalo, Zebras, and Impala/Antelope roaming the plains of the mara. With that said, Cats is where the fun lies and Siela and Mwashi made sure we did not miss out. We had numerous picture opportunities for lions, male and female. Leopards were a little more evasive but our guides found them. A most memorable moment was watching a Leopard drag his kill (wildebeest) to a hiding spot, note the wildebeest may have been 3x the leopard’s weight. The endangered Cheetah proved most difficult but again our guides came through and we had a front row seat to photograph a group of five. Although Cats my be the stars in the mara we also saw Hippos, Crocks, Giraffe, Ostrich, Birds of many kinds, and a special appearance of a Bat-Eared Fox.
Along with “Samburu Special Five” we can check off the “Big Five” as we saw Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffalo, and Elephants during our travels. As this trip was a Photography Safari animals did not consume our entire time as there are amazing sunrises and sunsets along with some very beautiful rivers, landscapes, and unique trees. If you are a bird enthusiast, as one in our group was, you should bring another media card along as you will be taking pictures non-stop. Of note, our guides could name all the birds as well.
Jami/Wild Focus Expeditions planned this itinerary to meet our needs in all areas from Wildlife to Culture to Accommodations. Her personality was infectious and created an environment in which all nine in our group, including her, became a close group of friends.
This type of trip is an investment and Jami understands this. She went above and beyond to deliver a value. Great Job Jami! Thank You for making this Bucket-List Vacation one that I will always remember. I look forward to a future adventure with Wild Focus expeditions. Hopefully the next adventure will include Theo.