Kenya Journals

Safari in Kenya

A December 2002 trip to Kenya by kath batten

Quote: An organised safari, visiting four game parks, followed by a week in a timeshare resort. All organised via RCI - cost around $2,200 each. full board first week, self catering second.

Safari in Kenya

Overview

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Seeing 'the big five' (rhinocerus, lions, buffalo, cheetah and elephant) close up and in the wild. Being close enough to a male lion and bull elephants to be worried. Seeing a cheetah and her three cubs playing in the morning. Visiting a Masai village and meeting the children. Bumping along on the poor roads, seeing Africa close up. Going to different game parks - Lake Nokura has rhinos, flamingos and we saw a solo male lion, whilst the Masai Mara had hippos, wilderbeest and crocodiles (we also saw lionesses and lion cubs enjoying a feast). Treetops, although small accommodation, has a system of waking you when game arrives at the watering hole. We saw a 'kill' which was quite unpleasant - seve...Read More

Treetops

Hotel

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You pay extra to stay overnight at Treetops, leaving your main suitcases at The Outspan Country Club (very colonial). Bedrooms are tiny - each has two single beds with very little storage space, and toilets/showers are shared and down the corridor. You are going here to see the animals arrive at the watering holes, which have had salt spread around them before you arrive to attract the animals. What did we see - a whole family of elephants, the tiniest hiding under its mother's body, a 'kill', where hyenas tore apart a bush-buck (a kind of antelope) which had tried to shelter in the water - team work is tremendous, but the event was unpleasant to watch.When we first arrived, we were dropped off on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

Treetops

Aberdare National Park, Kenya

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Best Things Nearby:The Beach. Mombasa Town. Tamarind Dow (luxury meal on a boat at night).Best Things About the Resort:Size of apartment. Fiendliness of staff - the maid left a 'message' on the bed each day (using leaves and flowers).Resort Experience:Very friendly, rooms are enormous. Relaxed, good meals. Off the beaten track. Beautiful pools, good organised day time activities. Staff very helpful - one will climb a coconut tree for you! Unit Type: 2 Bedroom Activities: Excellent Amenities: Excellent Unit Satisfacti...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 27, 2002

Tamarind Dhow

Restaurant

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The boat sails down towards Fort Jesus in Mombasa, whilst you are served a very alcoholic cocktail and your order is taken. There is a varied selection of food. I have described it as African, but there is something for everyone. I had lobster and it was enormous. The boat then sails back up the creek and drops anchor. A band plays and dancing continues after dinner. We had two wedding parties on the bus which picked us up, which added to the evening.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2002

Maasi Mara

Attraction

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Out of this world! I got much closer to the game than I ever imagined possible and saw dozens of different animals - much better than a zoo and beats any wildlife programme on television. Very hot, the sun beats down. The people are warm and friendly, the game lodges very good quality with excellent food. The food is buffet style and sometimes it is based on an african theme (curries and rice), other times very varied. Lots of excellent and ripe fruit (papayas, mango, melon, pineapple), very calorific puddings. As much (and more) as you can eat. I never carried a bag all week, as all of the staff leap forwards each time you have bags to move around.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2002