This was our third visit to Turtle Bay and the first time we have spent xmas itself there. We had 3 weeks and it was interesting how the clientele and atmosphere changed over the time. For christmas there are fewer international tourists and lots of Kenyans making it feel much less like a package holiday resort. A great atmosphere and excellent food. New Year is traditionally a family time and most Kenyans go home to their extended family, but many ex-pats and other white Africans from Nairobi, South Africa and so on arrive. I am pleased to say that the college boy antics we witnessed last year did not take place, behaviour was more restrained and appropraite making it more enjoyable for all. Then in January the British arrive in force! Along with other Europeans. The food changes too, but I guess that's what you pay the Christmas and new year supplement for.
Went on safari to Lake Jipe and Tsavo West - with Kingi Safaris again who were as reliable as ever. This was a different kind of safari which suited me as I have been to the Masai Mara and Tsavo East several times now and fabulous they are too; but this was not about the big 5 and all that but real bush living and no other vehicles for most of the time. Isolation and wildness - so if that rocks your boat give it a try! Being on Lake Jipe among 15 or so hippos is an experience I won't forget! And the birds - fabulous. We also visited Lake Challa and Taveta - a bustling market town. A chance to see more of the real Kenya. which is what I like so much about Raymond Kingi - he can give you a real sense of Africa as the Africans see it, which if you are in an all inclusive resort like TBBC might be just what you want! For more info visit his website at kingisafaris.com
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