Kenya Journals

Kenya Explored

A travel journal to Kenya by nofootprint

MICS Safaris Photo, Mombasa, Kenya More Photos
Quote: Our African adventure began in Kenya.Travelling with Samuwell our driver/guide from MICS Tours we did our best to see as much of incredible Kenya as we could two weeks! The stories below are an attempt to outline our adventure and capture our memories.

Getting There and Around

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)

Attraction | "Better than Expected"

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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This is the largest and busiest airport in east Africa. The airport is situated 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Nairobi's City Center.Check in was easy and I was relieved. I was concerned as my name was miss-spelled on my ticket.Immigration desks at the ground floor where passengers are cleared before they proceed to the departure lounge in the first floor via escalators or lifts. Happily they didn’t seem to notice when they looked at my passport and all went smoothly! This could have caused some problems for sure.The airport is clean with three restaurants, and Internet service at one of the money exchanges for $2.00 for 15 minutes. There are several duty free outlet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2009

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)

Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Air

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Cool Zebra Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Kenya AirWe took Kenya Air to Cairo.Our flight was comfortable and on schedule. We are so accustomed to delays here in North America, we’re amazed that all the flights we took throughout Africa have been on or near schedule.The security wasn’t nearly as strict as other parts of the world, which may not be a plus. We were permitted to carry on our back backs which were a little too heavy , we were pleased as we heard luggage is sometimes opened and valuables often robbed in Nairobi . The plane was a bit shabby but the service was friendly and they served two pretty good meals on our 5 hour trip.We were surprised that we had a stop in Sudan on the way, we didn’t realize there was...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2009

Our Guides

MICS Safaris

Attraction | "A Private Safari"

MICS Safaris Photo, Mombasa, Kenya
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We chose MICS from the reviews and recommendations we read online. We have only good things to say about them. They offered a very competitive price and delivered our trip exactly as promised.

We met Moses from MICS the evening before our trip in our hotel lobby.He’s an interesting man . He is Masai and showed us scars on his leg from a lion he killed by spear to fulfill his tradition.

Our guide, Samuwell is also Masai. He’s soft spoken but a very talented and caring man. We were often amazed that he could spot even the most well hidden animal.

We felt very well taken care of for the entire trip and would definetly travel with this company again.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2009

MICS Safaris
1st Floor, Tropicana Shopping Centre
Mombasa, Kenya
+254 40 320 2126 /7

The Lodges

Fairview Hotel

Hotel | "A Peaceful Hide A Way"

Fairview Hotel Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Fairview Hotel Bishop Road | P.O. Box 40842, Nairobi, Kenya

This hotel definitely deserves its top online rating. Our airport pickup was waiting as promised and the service at the hotel, once we arrived was unsurpassed. The hotel has a gentle old world charm atmosphere…friendly well trained staff, comfortable bed beautiful crisp white linens, lots of sparkling windows and rich wood. It was easy to imagine the well-heeled travelers from yesteryear who once arrived here. We enjoyed appetizers and drinks the evening we arrived and toasted our 20th Anniversary. The breakfast buffet was wonderful.
Airport Pickup -$20.00
Rate - $165.00

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2009

Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road
Nairobi 00100
+254 (20) 2881000

Ngulia Safari Lodge

Hotel | "Where Cheetah Dine at Night"

Ngulia Lodge - Tsavo West Photo, Kenya, Africa
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This lodge is older than others we have stayed in but we were welcomed with a cold drink and a wonderful and plentiful buffet of baked chicken, and roasted lamb. Its hard not to overeat.The view from our perch is magnificent at 3000 feet above sea level. The lodge has a nice pool and from the lookout point, we spot zebra and giraffe. Our room is just so so with twin beds and no hairdryer. The view from our balcony makes up for it though and we have a good look at the cheetah that arrives nightly to feed on the slab of meet hung out by the staff.As a side note the lodge advetises that it is a leopard that comes each evening but it is actually a cheetah...our guide confirmed thi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2009

Ol Tukai Lodge

Hotel | "Where Herds of Elephants Once Roamed"

A Lone Elephant In the Setting sun Photo, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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Ol Tukai Lodge – Amboselli
This lodge is magnificent. On arrival we are given nice warm towels to clean the red dust from our faces and hands as well as exotic cold juice.
Our room is actually a little villa with stone floors and a front verandah. Animals roam close by so we are escorted to and from our room to the main lodge .Once again the food is fabulous and the service first rate. We take a refreshing swim in the pool between game drives in an effort to work off our huge lunch .
World renowned for its location for viewing huge herds of elephants, sadly the horrific drought has changed all that. Today the elephant population is barely surviving.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2009

Ol Tukai Lodge

Amboseli, Kenya
+254 20 444 5514

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Hotel | "Where Rhino Meet You at the Guest"

FinWe See Rhino Photo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
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Lion Hill Lodge- Lake Nakuru
This lodge was a bit more rustic than some of they others we’ve seen but we love it just as much. The staff are so friendly and helpful . We arrived at 3:30 when lunch was long over but they served us anyway . Thank God as we were starved. The food was wonderful with huge tempting buffets as well as a couple of grills of chicken , pork and goat.We were entertained during dinner by a strolling musician playing Everly Bros. Tunes.It turns out he learned the songs from one of the few English disks he had. Our rooms are comfortable with a huge King Size bed ,with a net , and other creature comforts like a hairdryer and coffee maker.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2009

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Nakuru, Kenya
254-51- 850235

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Hotel | "A Tented Lodge at Its Finest"

A Lion Resting Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Sarova Mara Game Camp
Just inside the gate of the Maasai Mara National Park is our lodge. It’s laid out like a camp with a main building housing the reception area, gift shop, restaurant and bar. Out room is in a tent. This is a tent like no other we’ve ever seen. The bathroom has granite counter tops and a huge shower. There are gorgeous hardwood floors and a comfortable King size bed. We enjoyed listening to the animal sounds during the night . the only drawback is there is no net over the bed. We brought ours and I think it would be really important during the rainy season.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2009

Sarova Mara Game Camp
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara, Kenya
+254-050-22386

Our Safari Adventures

Humble Homes Photo, Kenya, Africa
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The People of KenyaAll through Kenya we see people at work . We see them carrying water from rivers that are often several miles away. Even young children help. We see them washing clothes in rivers whose waters are almost dried up.They work together in fields tilling land by hand, the young and the old together trying to carve an existence out of hard dry and unproductive soil. Hey make beautiful jewelelery from animal bones and hand carvings from wood in hopes of earning a little tourist dollars so desperately need.These are some hardest working but poorest people I have ever met in all our travels. They are however quick to smile ,often stopping to wave at passing vehicles ,wav...Read More

Tsavo West National Park

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It's Dry season in Tsavo West Photo, Kenya, Africa
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We took the budget flight FLY540 from Zanzibar to Nairobi.We had heard the airport in Zanzibar could be a bit chaotic but we didn’t have any trouble at all. We were happy to discover we didn’t have to pay departure tax; it was apparently included in our ticket. This is not always the case so we had some cash ready just in case. We were also permitted to carry on our luggage and when it didn’t fit overhead it was stored in the back of the plane.The plane was a bit shabby but it left on time , we had a good flight . The service was good and they even served drinks and sandwiches.We had a pleasant trip all in all and we felt comfortable arriving in Nairobi as we had been here only a co...Read More

Man Eating Lions???

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Where the Man Eating Lions Roamed Photo, Kenya, Africa
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We leave our lodge at about 7 AM this morning and by 8:30AM we arrive at Mzima Springs . This is where the man-eating lions once roamed. Although human beings can be attacked by many kinds of animals, man-eaters are those that have incorporated human flesh into their usual diet. The Tsavo maneaters were a pair of notorious lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya – Uganda Railway from March through December 1898.We felt a little unsettled, as it was our first time roaming outside the safari vehicle and walking with an armed ranger only added to our excitement. We passed along a dirt path that led to the spring . The ranger pointed out ...Read More

The Terriible Drought in Amboselli

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A look of confusion in this time of drought. Photo, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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AmboselliThe worst drought in Kenya since the 1960’s is being felt hardest in Amboselli. Everywhere we see dust devils across the barren land as we drive into the area. We are escorted across the area between Tsavo and Amboselli by an armed guard. He made us uneasy at first, sitting in front with his kalish nikov –semi automatic but we eventually got used to him. Several years ago Somali rebels attacked some safari vehicles so they are taking no chances.Our drive takes us into an area of black lava flow left behind by a volcano from 100 years ago. You can still see its ribbon of black where it once ran its course.When we finally arrive at the Amboselli gate, d...Read More
Masai Giraffe Photo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
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Our drive to Lake Nakuru from Amboseli took 7 hours .We travel via Nairobi . We aren’t entirely sure this is the normal route as we had to change vehicles here as well . The ride was hair-raising to say the least, especially from the Nairobi on part. No divided highways here and passing lanes are unheard of . Everyone just ducks out in a kind of "chicken game" and hopes nothing is coming the other way. Often there is a vehicle coming over the next hill, head on and miraculously they seem to squeeze by. I was quite relieved when we arrived. It was really too long a trip for a one night stay in Lake Nakuru. We realize we should have planned on two nights here.Lake Nakuru is very low during this ti...Read More

The Great Migration at the Mara

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Too Many Vehicles Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Today we have a whole day on safari starting at 8AM.Our plan is to head to the Mara River where the great migration takes place. That was last month however so we have to content ourselves to look at the river and hear the stories.On the way to the river we spot some Masai Giraffe. They are a much darker colourer than the "others".We take our time getting to the river, stopping often to take pictures.We are lucky to see a young cheetah. Although he is on his own we know his Mom is nearby. The animals are in good condition here and still seem quite fat despite the drought.We are amazed at how many lion we see. They are easy to spot and all seem to be lounging near short shrubby ...Read More

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Attraction | "Lions Oh So Many Lions"

Masai Mara Game Reserve Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Maasai Mara Game DriveWe learn the Mara has a large concentration of lions and we see several on our evening drive. For me they are probably the most exciting animal to see , so I take many more pictures .The Mara reminds us of the Serengeti with huge open plains and tall golden grass. There are many more vehicles here however and when we spot a lion they all show up. I can’t help but wonder how disturbing this is to the animals and to think this isn’t even high season.We really enjoy our late afternoon game drive . It’s amazing what a three hour break can do .We see lots of animals including lions, zebra and cape buffalo. Even though we’ve seen these animlas many times ...Read More

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara Game Reserve Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Masai Mara Game DriveWe learn the Mara has a large concentration of lions and we see several on our evening drive. The Mara reminds us of the Serengeti with huge open plains and tall golden grass. There are many more vehicles here however and when we spot a lion they all show up. I can’t help but wonder how disturbing this is to the animals and to think this isn’t even high season.We really enjoy our late afternoon game drive . It’s amazing what a three hour break can do .We see lots of animals including lions, zebra and cape buffalo. Even though we’ve seen these animlas many times by now , we just can’t get enough. There aren’t as many elephants here but we do see a few in the distance as...Read More