After 2 months of excitement, planning and looking forward to the expedition in the wild, Ishwar, my co-traveller and I landed in Nairobi on 27th September, 2017 for a week-long trip. The country is a paradise for a wildlife enthusiast and a food (meat) lover. We had just exited the airport when we saw two huge giraffes taking a stroll in Nairobi National Park, the first national park to be established in Kenya. I was too tired after a 11-hour long journey from New Delhi, India via Sharjah to take the camera out for a few shots, but the main reason was my belief that there would be a lot of sightings in the days ahead.
Day 2 marked the beginning of our safaris in the wild. We had hired a private minivan for our trip, but tourists can also hire a Landcruiser, which would be on the expensive side. We drove from Nairobi to Amboseli and went for an afternoon safari in the Amboseli National Park. The variety and the large number of animals in the park is a sight only Africa can offer to one. The animals strolling around the park against Mt. Kilimanjaro in the backdrop is worth a visit. We sighted a large number of giraffes, ostriches, zebras and elephants among other animals. We stayed at Kibo Safari camp and left for Lake Nakuru next morning.
Nikon D 800E, 200-500mm f/5.6E, 500mm, f/5.6, ISO 500, 1/200s
Day 3 was very tiring because of the long drive from Amboseli to Nakuru and also the fact that the millions of flamingos which nest in the lake had flown away. But we were able to sight a few white rhinos among others. We spent the night at the Flamingo Hill Camp and were all set for the Mara game drives scheduled for the next day.
On Day 4 we drove to Maasai Mara National Reserve and checked in to Sarova Mara Game Camp. After lunch we went for the afternoon game drive to find the cats playing and lazying around in the vast reserve. We sighted cheetah and lionesses by sunset and were back to the camp glad as ever.
Day 5, the last day of being in the wild and we were all excited for the full day game drive in Mara. We drove across the stretch of the reserve to river Mara to see a few zebras crossing the river and the crocs waiting patiently for their meal. Although we could not see the river crossings as imagined, it was a pretty eventful day at the reserve. We were lucky to sight several cheetahs, lions and lionesses along with their cubs. Finally, back in the camp, we celebrated the completion of our trip and packed our bags for the journey back home.
Nikon D 800E, 200-500mm f/5.6E, 500mm, f/7.1, ISO 200, 1/100s
Day 6 was the day to leave Mara and to head back home. We left the camp very early and were in Nairobi by afternoon. In the evening, we stuffed ourselves with the lavish variety of barbecue meat at the Carnivore restaurant, a must visit for everyone interested in red meat, and the next day we were off to New Delhi.
Lions, lionesses, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants and the large number of other animals including their preys roaming freely without caring for the presence of the others, I guess that’s what the wild is all about and I had a wonderful experience, good enough to share with everyone!
Few Travel Tips !!
- The resorts within the parks are expensive. It is cheaper if you book through a travel operator in Nairobi rather than booking the resort online.
- For the safaris, in case of a budget travel, opt for a group safari (but should not be more than 4-5 people) in a minivan.
- Tipping is mandatory in Kenya. Everybody expects it.
This is only a glimpse of what I actually saw. Stay tuned for detailed information, photographs and updates on Amboseli, Nakuru and Maasai Mara.
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