Blogs from Rift Valley Province, Kenya, Africa

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Day 2, we woke up fairly early, had an.... interesting breakfast. The Galaxy Resort definitely tried and they were so, so friendly, but the food was strange. The resort in general was memorable for being so different. We then had a good 90 minute drive, back past Nairobi, heading north towards our next destination: Hell's Gate National Park. Great Rift Valley First though, we drove down a mountain road where you had incredible views of the Great Rift Valley. As a geologist, this is one of the things we learned about way back in University. We did not dwell on it much back in the US, but it was an area of interest for me. There area actually multiple segments on what has been known as the Great Rift Valley and we were in the area ... read more
Meeting the Masai
Rift Valley Overlook
Rift Valley overlook

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province November 10th 2021

We had a very exciting morning game drive! We saw lots of zebras, an elephant herd with several baby elephants, lions mating, and a big group of hippos! We enjoyed a very nice breakfast our lovely camp (they have fruit, little pastries, cereals, an egg station, and hot accompaniments plus excellent coffee). It was another lovely sunny day, but with a cooling breeze. We headed out on our morning game drive at 8 am. We saw lots of zebras first, then an elephant herd in the distance, with several baby elephants. They are so cute! We also saw various antelopes including Thomson’s gazelles, Eland, and Topi. We drove quite a distance up to the lookout in the Maasai Mara. It was really nice to get out of the jeep and stretch our legs, as the roads ... read more
Our fabulous tent
Burchell’s zebras
Burchell’s zebras

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP November 9th 2021

We have arrived in the fabulous Maasai Mara! Last night I woke up about 3 am and looked outside our room to see if there were any hippos grazing on the lawn, and I saw two! It was pretty amazing. We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Lodge, then headed out at 8 am for our 5 hour drive to the Maasai Mara. The road was paved, and so much smoother than the drive yesterday! It was an enjoyable, very scenic drive. We had a nice view of a Mount Longonot (a volcanic mountain), and there were many lovely vistas to admire along the way. At the start of the drive there were lots of trucks and at one point we saw the aftermath of a bad accident, with two trucks on their sides in the ... read more
Our fabulous camp - Ilkeliani
Bridge from where the jeeps are parked to the camp
Our beautiful tent

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Samburu NR November 4th 2021

Greetings from the Samburu Game Reserve! We have had a fantastic first game drive. Our day started quite early. After a very nice breakfast in our hotel, we headed out at 7:30 for the long drive to the Samburu Game Reserve. We had a couple of stops, the first for a short break just outside Karatina for a bathroom break and shopping at the “curio shop“ if we wanted, and a walk in the adjacent gardens. We didn’t think we would buy anything, but we ended up getting a few things (one a batik print which I’ll get framed and put in my home office). The so-called curio shop is a cooperative selling many different locally made handicrafts. The drive from Nairobi to Samburu was very bumpy! There was a lot of roadwork going on, plus ... read more
Roadside scenes
Roadside scenes
On the road

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Amboseli NP January 26th 2021

We are back at home after few weeks on the road. I know, this sentence may look very special in 2021! What a world we are living today! Hopefully by the end of this year all this will be a far gone nightmare for the world. I just had a look at few other travel bloggers posting...I'm impressed by the resources, able to blog about times long gone, just to celebrate the fact that one day not too far from now, the world will be once again a small place. There is today an ethical point about traveling or not. If you are sitting in Europe, it's pretty simple....either you moved away months ago...or you sit nicely at home. Everything else doesn't make much sense. Europe today is a no go....Asia is closed to outsiders....if you ... read more
We saw a total of 10 lions during our 17 hours driving around...
The super famous Amboseli view...
Love this one!

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP February 18th 2020

Up a bit earlier today and leaving camp with Wilson at 6:50am to get to the park gates soon after 7am for a full day in the Mara. We spent much of the morning driving to and fro across the Mara following sightings of a leopard. The first we missed so had a brief detour to the river where we saw a baby crocodile and the stone marking the boundary with Tanzania (we didn’t stop for a photo as leopard!) - then shot off back to the other side of the Mara where a leopard had recently made a kill (wild dog Simba said). We passed lots of vans going the other way so were a bit worried it would have gone but there was still one van there who pointed out to us the bush ... read more
Leopard
Nile monitor
At the river

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP February 17th 2020

Slept very well, up & ready to leave for the Maasai Mara at 7:30am with a packed lunch and joined by Wilson who was going to help Simba find us a leopard! On the way out of camp we passed a dik-dik and once in the park we saw: Black rhino Elephants (incl. more babies) Cheetahs (a single one in the grass then a group of 5 in the shade under a tree) Vultures Great bustard Secretary bird Shrike Warthogs Ostrich Baboons Buffalo Impalla Topi Gazelles (Grant’s & Thompson’s) Hartebeest Hippos Lilac-breasted roller Maasi giraffe Vervet monkey Although I think Chavaunne spotted more than out two guides! Lunch was eaten under the shade of an acacia tree keeping a close eye on a nearby herd of elephants in case they decided to come our way! ... read more
Black rhino
Black rhino
Maasai Mara

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Masai Mara NP February 16th 2020

Packed up bags and tent and ready to leave by 8am for the long drive down to the Masai Mara. Moses had to leave us today to take another tour group to Meru National Park (as he knows it best) so on route we met up with Simba and transferred our bags to his van before saying goodbye to and thank you to Moses. We stopped for lunch and a loo break by a curio shop where we bought more souvenirs before heading down to Wajee Mara Camp not far outside the Masai Mara gates. We met Patrick, the camp manager just off the main road & drove with him down the very rough & bumpy track to the camp. It was a beautiful campsite nestled among trees. We also met Peter there & were given ... read more
Cheetahs
Elephants
Elephants


A bit of a lazier start since we didn’t have to pack up our gear then out at 8am to hire a couple of bikes on the road to Hell’s Gate National Park. As Hell’s Gate doesn’t have any resident big cats its considered safe for tourists to walk and cycle here. We cycled along the 2km of road leading to the park gate dodging potholes and avoiding traffic all whilst remembering exactly how to ride a bike! Moses followed us in the minivan to the gate, paid for our park entry then bunny hopped past us whilst we cycled through the park. It was nice to get out of the van for a bit and get some fresh air during the 8km ride through Hell’s Gate and see some wildlife from our own feet. Impala ... read more
With Masai giraffe
Hippos
Fischer's Tower

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Naivasha February 14th 2020

We left the lodge at 7am for another game drive around Lake Nakuru taking a packed lunch from the lodge with us. We started by going down to the lake shore where because there were fewer people the flamingos were much closer. Flamingo Bee-eater Lilac-breasted roller African hoopoe Fish eagle Spotted hyena Lions White rhinos with baby Rothschild’s giraffe Ostrich Impala Grant’s gazelles Eland Water buck Buffalo Silver-backed jackal Agama lizard Warthog Zebra Colobus monkey Baboons Vervet monkeys As there hadn’t been many flamingos at Lake Nakuru Moses drove us down to the shore of Lake Elmenteita for lunch in the hope that more of them would be there. They weren’t (just a small flock again) but it was a beautiful picnic spot just outside Oasis Camp. We then heade... read more
Lioness
Flamingos from our room!
Impala fighting




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