I landed in a jungle, a complete green paradise.
I found the true meaning of silence
Listening to my heartbeats and slightest sounds of nature which I lived in ignorance of till this trip happened.
Going to Kenya not only brought me closer to nature but made me appreciate a lot of things. On the hindsight- it made me aware of a lot of my strengths and helped me overcome a few of my inhibitions too.
My first adventure was the bumpy wildlife rides and the non stop drives around the wildlife park sanctuary- Masai Mara. It’s a haven of beautiful wildlife and flora and fauna. You cannot capture everything in lenses or express everything in words. The inexplicable sights, a few I was at a loss of words and others didn’t recollect the names as our safari driver and guide kept rattling off names.
Meeting the Masai mara tribal people and getting a first hand experience of what it is to be happy with the bare basic minimum is a true eye opener. Women are the flagbearers in this society- building new homes, handling kids and also the men having to really put up their best to win the girls over. They taught me my true power and that equality and respect of the opposite gender truly uplifts the societal living standards.
The giraffe centre in Kenya was a very sweet experience and we got a great selfie as a bonus with the friendly giraffe Betty. We fed them and also came back more knowledgeable about the different breeds of giraffes.
The Keeroke lodge in Masai mara is sitting in the heart of nature, everyday we were visited by Baboons, Imphalas, monkeys. They had their own lake filled with hippos and a watching tower deck where you could sit idly for hours trying to spot hippos, ducks, and all kinds of creatures in their natural form. One of the best hospitality and food experiences we had on the trip.
Getting to see a lion and a lioness feeding on prey and a pack of lion cubs plus a leopard on a tree all from our safari jeep which had an open detachable veiwing roof , that too from such close quarters was absolutely surreal.
Seeing a variety of birds and monkeys and flowers was an added highlight of the trip. Breathing fresh unadulterated air and just sitting around the natural environment was therapeutic.
Herds of elephants and warthogs and wild buffaloes, different types of deer and springboks were in all wildlife parks.
Lake Naivasha was like entering the water haven it rained and the weather was just so beautiful we saw hippopotamuses up close and flamingos and the local Caribou birds and also there is a live volcano nearby whose smoke was visible. My daughter even took a camel ride , the camel’s name was Faroukh. It was a thrilling and completely hill station like weather in contrast to the humid and warm weather of other parts of Kenya.
The Noah’s Ark resort in Aberdare had a viewing deck that you could just drink or sip coffee or play a game of scrabble and spot wildlife from the comfort of a sofa and of course the fireplace just added an old world charm to it. A true laidback calm and serene place to go to rejuvenate oneself.
Overall a splendid experience with nature and the animals and no pollution, neither noise or air. A complete wildlife adventure with exciting car rides thrown in.
Very good for children above 5 and best time in March. But if you want to witness migration then it will have to be August. Planning the itenary was a complete hands down winner done to precision by the husband. My daughter was a true star with absolutely no hang ups about the rides and the travelling time and the weather. She took it all in her stride and had a gala time.
Kenya definitely a go to for willife and the lovely places and people.
Hope to add more destinations to my list and share my personal experiences through my blog.
Keep travelling, keep collecting memories and creating happy moments. Travelling enriches the soul and destresses the mind.