In September 2010 we decided that it was time to make our dream come true: we wanted to visit the major National Parks in Kenya. We had one problem: we did not book anything in our home country, so we had to arrange everything in Kenya. We did not think that we would succeed, but with the help of Bigsix Kenya Safaris, we finally succeeded in realizing our dream!
Upon our arrival in Mombasa, we contacted Pius, who visited us in our hotel. We explained to him what we wanted and he promised us that he would work out our plans according to our wishes and more importantly: within the limits of our budget! We met Pius already during earlier visits to Kenya, so we knew he is reliable, but this was something else. We wanted to visit: Maasai Mara NP, Lake Nakuru NP and Samburu NP.
Two days later we were on our way: we left on a morning flight from Mombasa to Nairobi, where we were met by one of the representatives of Bigsix Kenya Safaris, who introduced us to our driver/guide Paul for the week to come: Paul. Paul is in his fourties, a very relaxed Kenyan, a very reliable driver, who knows quite a lot about the wildlife in the several parks to visit.
After this short introduction we left by minibus for Masaai Mara NP, a long drive of five hours,
over sometimes very poor roads, but with breathtaking views on the Great Rift Valley.
We arrived just in time for lunch in the Sarova Mara camp, where we were led to our tent, and our Â‘homeÂ’ for the first of two nights of our safari. As we were very tired, Paul and us decided that it would be a good plan to have a long game drive the following day and to spend the rest of this day relaxing by the pool and to get some sleep. Our camp and our tent were an oasis of peace, very quiet, no noise at all. We slept like babies and the following day we left after breakfast for a whole day game drive in the Mara. The Mara has a wonderful landscape, especially during this time of the year, and we had no complaints at all about the wildlife we spotted. We were in the midst of the migration and we saw thousands and thousands of wildebeests at the other side of the Mara River, nervously walking up and down, but at that time still too shy to cross the river. We could imagine that: crocodiles waiting in the river and on the Mara-side of the river, the cheetahs and lions were just waiting for their dinner to cross!
We also saw many giraffes, zebra’s, lions, gazelles, kudu’s, marabous, beautiful birds, too much to mention. We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch in the shade of an acacia tree, continued our game drive and went all the way up to the Tanzanian border. On our way back to the camp we spotted many more animals, however the wildebeests were still too shy to cross the river.
We did not mind too much, we had a good impression of what it was likeÂ….
After another good night’s sleep (just awakened at times by the sounds of the jungle, the roar of a distant lion), we departed on our third day for Lake Nakuru NP, again a long drive, but again with so much to see! We drove through the Kenyan highlands, saw Mount Kenya, saw the differences in landscape, the tea- and coffee plantations and the green hills around Mount Kenya. Never a dull moment on our way up: lots and lots of cyclists carrying whatever a bicycle can carry (and more), working very hard to get their loads up the hills during the heat of the day! After a long drive of eight hours we arrived in our lodge: the Lion Hill Sarova Lodge.
No tent this time, but a tidy room in a very neat lodge. After a shower and a little rest, we had just enough time to go
for a game drive before sunset. We saw Lake Nakuru, which is completely pink because of the millions of flamingo’s, who have their habitat here. Quite impressive!
After dinner, it was time to sleep and again, we had a good night sleep.On our fourth day we had an early morning game drive around the lake and saw the several species of birds, hippos and a lot more. We also saw a rhino couple, peacefully grazing and enjoying the lush green grass.
We highly recommend pius k. Maluki with his new taxis 24/7 for good services
we highly recommend Bigsix kenya safaris-thank you Big six for making our dream come true!!!!
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