Kenya & the Great Migration

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The Republic of Kenya is located on the equator in Eastern Africa.  It rises from sea level at the Indian Ocean to 5,197 metres at Mount Kenya.

My home for the first few days is Ololo Safari Lodge, located on the southern edge of Nairobi National Park.  Read more – Ololo Safari Lodge

The Amazing Ololo Safari Lodge

Nairobi is Kenya’s largest city and the capital since 1963.  It sits at an altitude of 1,795 metres above sea level and is home to the 117 square km Nairobi National Park, Kenya’s 1st.  A large portion of the park borders on the city itself, providing for some interesting wildlife viewing.  Read more – Nairobi National Park

Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi Nursery of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre in Karen are 2 organizations that are critical to the survival of endangered mammals – namely the African elephant and the Rothschild Giraffe.  I was fortunate to be able to visit both of these during my stay in Nairobi.  Read more – Sheldrick Nursery & the Giraffe Centre

Sheldrick Nursery & Giraffe Centre

After a few days “relaxing” at Ololo it was time to say goodbye to Bob and Ololo’s amazing staff.  I met up with my safari group in Nairobi and the next morning we headed south to the Masai Mara.  The Masai Mara is located in south western Kenya and is a very small part of the Serengeti ecosystem.  Every summer its the home to what many say is the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration.  Read more – a first glimpse of the amazing Masai Mara

A First Glimpse of the Amazing Masai Mara

After a wonderful night in the bush, falling asleep to the sounds of hippos in the river (with a hot water bottle to take the chill off) it was time for our first full day in the Mara.  Up and out before sunrise…  read more – A very full day in the Mara

A Very Full Day in the Mara

It was an even earlier start this morning.  We were heading across the Mara river to the Mara Triangle for a sunrise hot air balloon safari.  read more – A day in (and above) the Mara Triangle

Wildebeest crossing the Mara River

It was another early morning in the Masai Mara and another spectacular sunrise.  Excited (and a little nervous) because today was the day for our doors off helicopter ride, weather permitting.  read more – Helicopter Day

As the sun rose on our last full day in the Mara we couldn’t help but wonder what we could possibly see that would top the last 3 days.  Once again, the Mara did not disappoint.  From the ostrich silhouetted against the rising sun, to the lions, leopards and cheetah, the parade of cuteness, to the heavy afternoon rains that made way for the most spectacular sunset, it was another wonderful day.  For me the highlight would be our visit to the Masai village of Andasikr.   read more – Big Cats and the Masai Village of Andasikr

Welcome to Andasikr

It was our last day in the amazing Masai Mara.  We had time for a very short game drive before breakfast back at camp and our flight north to Samburu.  We knew the Lenkuyai pride were still close by, they had a kill in the bush after all.  We skipped sunrise pictures and headed straight to the thicket we left them in the night before.   read more – Saying kywaheri to the Mara and habari to Samburu

It was another early morning (with hot chocolate and coffee and cookies delivered to the tent of course) and another beautiful sunrise.  We had the full day to explore the Samburu National Reserve and the interesting creatures that call it home.  read more – A very special day in Samburu

On the morning of our last day we did something completely different!  Instead of going out on safari or visiting a local village we had photo shoot with the staff that wanted to participate.  The Samburu are very proud of their heritage and culture, so luckily for us, most of them chose to help us out!  read more – A photoshoot with Samburu warriors