I have just got back from what has been somewhat of a different but extremely successful Big Cats & Tuskers Safari.
It was different not only because I hosted it in the month of November but also because we visited a new destination; Samburu National Resreve instead of Amboseli National Park.
We will get to chatting Samburu at the end as I will briefly describe our times at each destination in the order that we visited but first I would like to thank the group of guests that joined me; Skyler Bishop; Clara Kerley; Joe Knapman; Cheryl Black & everyone else that played a role in making the experience so special. Was truly an incredible 10 days with you all!
Now lets get into the four spectacular destinations;
Any amount of time spent in the Masai Mara will be time well spent! We started off this 9 night adventure in the Wild Eye Mara Camp and what an incredible 3 nights we had. The phenomenal east African staff in camp can never let one down but the wildlife; which is out of our hands; also played their role during our stay. Lets me say this; starting your safari in the Mara withs a leopard right next to the camp is a great way to start & just before leaving the Mara on the 4th day finding another large male leopard paved the way for what we knew from that moment onwards would be a great remainder of a safari.
Please see the collection of images take during our time in the Masai Mara;
Lake Nakuru National Park
It is always so exciting entering the gates of Lake Nakuru as the feeling one gets when driving through the fever tree forests is one which is quite mystical. You cannot help but continuously look around in hopes of finding that leopard or even lion sitting in a fever tree or the beautifully elegant Rothschild’s giraffe emerging from the darker depths of the forest. The lake itself is also an exciting area to explore as it is home to hundreds of aquatic birds including the greater & lesser flamingo. This time around was the closest that I’ve ever come to seeing a “pink lake” as the locals call it. Truly a spectacular destination, not only for the endless wildlife sighting but also because of the beautiful backgrounds that this place offers as you’ll see below;
This part of the itinerary serves as a great break from the vehicle bound safaris as we set off onto Lake Naivasha by boat to photograph birds, hippo & other terrestrial mammals on the waters edge such as wildebeest, giraffe, zebra & buffalo. We usually do a afternoon boat cruise which we did but was quite choppy out their due to windy conditions. In saying that we still had a fantastic time out on the water, put our photographic skills to the test & managed to bank a few good images;
We usually also do a boat cruise early the next morning as well but due to poor, windy, wet, raining weather the group decided to rather tackle the long but scenic journey to Samburu National Park.
Samburu National Reserve
The drive to Samburu was a lengthy one but the stop at Thompson’s Falls, a beautiful waterfall in the second highest town in Kenya – Nyahururu, having lunch on the equator in a town named Nanyuki & seeing Mount Kenya for the first time;
made the drive seem a lot shorter than it really was. All the above mentioned did help yes but I am not going to lie, I think that after the build up throughout the week, the excitement within the group to get to Samburu also pushed us through and being welcomed by the scene seen below made it all worth it;
A mind-blowing destination, from the stunning backdrops, rare animals (reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, dik-dik, gerenuk ect) and what I have only heard of but can now agree with, the very special moments that just seem to happen.
We spent three nights at Elephant Bedroom Camp which was an extremely comfortable & homely stay. Based on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, the camp called in all sorts of creatures & it was so thrilling to have elephant in camp everyday as seen in video below this gallery of images;
Incredible to say the least
I must also not forget to thank the great team at Elephant Bedroom Camp for setting up such a great sundowner stop along the river on our last evening. It was truly special & a great way to end what was a action packed safari experience.
I do look forward to visiting Samburu again one day soon & would love for you to join me!
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