I and my family traveled to East Africa for the Kenya Wildlife safari. We consulted the Eco Tours Kenya to organize and plan for our safari since we had heard many people including our friends who had traveled to Kenya using the same agency confessing how great their safari was when they opted for the agency.
Thus, we had to also consult it through its tour guide called Moses to whom we talked with before going to Kenya and he told us all what was needed for our safari to be fantastic. Moses told us the best vehicle which is most ideal for Kenya wildlife safaris and fortunately we did not need to search and look for that vehicle since the agency had it and thus, we had to book for it.
The most suitable vehicle for Kenya safari which Moses told us is an extended 4×4 Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof in order to offer a magnificent game viewing in the parks while in your vehicle. After booking for the vehicle which we were to use, Moses also helped us to book for us good accommodations in the places which we were to visit in Kenya plus doing many things required for our safari to be great such that on our arrival we should not move up and down looking for vehicle to use and other requirements. After confirming our booking with the agency, we paid some deposit to ensure the agency that we are really serious with our safari and then waited for our departure dates to Kenya.
When the dates for traveling to Kenya reached, we packed our gadgets and flew to Kenya using the Kenya Air flight. On our arrival to Kenya’s airport called Jomo Kenyatta airport, we didn’t wait for the agency’s guides but instead they were the ones waiting for us in order to give us all what was required for our safari.
On our arrival we had to finish all the trip’s fees to the agency’s guides and after clearing all of them, we were given our 4×4 extended land cruiser which we had booked from the agency and had to leave for our destinations in Kenya. We had also ordered for the driver before accessing Kenya to whom was also given to us and he was the one who drove us to every place we visited in the country.
In ordering for the driver we were backbiting ourselves where others were saying we should drive ourselves and others were saying we should use a driver plus giving different opinions to support our arguments but in the end we decided to use a driver of which we recognized later that it was a wiser decision to opt for a driver since Kenya’s roads accessing its Parks are not really in a better condition and they require someone who has a great experience in the country. The driver drove us safely even where we had seen difficulty in passing through, he used his experience and profession to pass.
Besides driving us carefully, we also experienced another good thing in using a driver for your safari because he helped us to identify various places in the country which we didn’t know as well as telling us more interesting stories about Kenya thus equipping a great experience from our safari.
In the country we didn’t visit many places but the ones we visited gave us an exceptional knowledge and we were like we had visited the whole of Africa due to the brilliance of those few places that we visited. Most interesting in the country was its annual migration of Wildebeests where the country receives an increased number of animals in its parks most especially the Maasai Mara National Reserve where this migration takes place from. We were told that these migrating animals migrate from the nearby Park in Tanzania called Serengeti National Park in search of fresh and virgin pastures.
During this migration we viewed an unbelievable number of animals including Wildebeests, Zebras, Topis, Thomson’s gazelles and Elands of which if I am to estimate, in total we viewed almost three millions of animals migrating or even more than that and the most dominant in the migration were the Wildebeests which are believed to be almost two millions.
These animals are seen flooding the Mara River to enter the park and we were told that this migration of animals happens each and every year in months of July, August, September and October or later.
We paid US$ 80 as the park’s entrance fee per person and viewed many things from the Maasai Mara where we also had a chance to view all Africa’s big five which include; the African Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Cape buffaloes and the Rhinos all resided in one Park a thing which is not so common in many parks in Africa.
We viewed so many other animals in the park and in large numbers plus many amazing activities in the park such as balloon safaris, game viewing, game drives, bird watching and so many more. Our booked accommodation in the Park was called Porin Mara camp and it was also awesome thus comforting our safari and making it move on smoothly and interesting.
Going further in Kenya we visited Amboseli National Park where we experienced the hugest number of elephants in Africa plus having close and clear views of Africa’s highest Mountain (Mountain Kilimanjaro) which is situated in Tanzania but bordering the park in Kenya. Apart from viewing a large number of elephants, we also viewed other animals in the Park such as; lions, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, blue wildebeests, impalas, grant’s zebras and others.
Here we lived in Amboseli Serena safari lodge and in the morning we still drove to Lake Nakuru National park as we were returning back to Nairobi and what we experienced here was really great. Though we had seen many bird species in the other two parks which we had first visited but birds in this park (Lake Nakuru) were so amazing especially its large number of flamingos which are seen at the shores of Lake Nakuru. Over two millions of flamingos are seen in the park plus many other bird species therefore the park is a best place for viewing birds in abundance.
In the park we didn’t last there for so long thus we had to drive back to Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi for a flight back home but leaving Kenya with a great experience and having a joyous safari. The abundance of wildlife in Kenya made our safari memorable and I am sure I have to go back to the country because I enjoyed my time when I was there. The agency also contributed on making our safari joyous since it planned and organized everything thoroughly well.
Thus our 7 days in Kenya were utilized responsibly and respectively where our first day was for arriving in Kenya, 3 days in Maasai Mara, 2 days in Amboseli and the other for going back home though we also broke on the way and spent some few hours viewing the hugest number of flamingos in the world in Lake Nakuru national park.
All what we saw in Kenya, the experience we got from there was almost for the all of Africa because we almost viewed everything that every individual will want to see on his African wildlife safari especially Africa’s big five.