What To Expect On A Kenya Safari
Written by Adriana Otiji
Doing things for the first time is fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming and filled with certainty at the same time. This is something you’ll likely experience when planning a safari vacation to Kenya – a trip that takes you to an unfamiliar terrain surrounded by wild animals. Taking a Kenya safari offers you the chance to get up close with the country’s abundant wildlife.
Once you know your safety is guaranteed, thanks in part to the various reputable tour companies with experienced local guides, you feel confident and ready to make the most of your adventure — more reason why you should choose a tour company wisely.
And if I’m being honest, the primary reason why I traveled to Kenya was to see the wildlife and the country came through with its fantastic safari tour. On this trip, I visited the much talked about Maasai village, bought souvenirs and other items at the Maasai market, enjoyed the nightlife, sampled delicious local dishes, fed giraffes, and visited an elephant sanctuary. But all these is nothing compared to what the safari has to offer.
I wanted a customized tour where I can experience the sights and sounds at my own pace and convenience, so I opted for the more expensive private tour.
Pick up from my hotel was by 7 am, just as scheduled, and we headed for Maasai Mara. It’s a long 9-hour drive from Nairobi to Maasai Mara. Don’t think of it as a smooth journey – your driver will make short stops along the way for some impressive sightseeing. One place that struck me is a stop at the Great Rift Valley View Point – the outstanding view is quite unbelievable.
At about 4 pm, we arrived at Massa Mara. The tour company had everything all sorted, including accommodation, food, and many more.
We set out on the safari a few hours before sunset for a chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. It is an experience that will wow you. Just a couple of minutes later, we started seeing the animals. You need to see this for yourself to understand better. It’s so beautiful!
At first, we saw the giraffes, followed by lions, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest, and many more. The car made a couple of stops so we could take pictures. The guide explained the signs these animals give off if they think you’re overstepping your boundaries or invading their privacy.
Watching these animals in their natural habitat is an experience that’s second to none. By the time we were done watching the animals in their natural abode, the sun had set, so the guide had to lead us back to camp.
Kenya is home to an array of tour companies offering safari tours. Don’t just choose any tour company; make sure you perform thorough research before choosing one. You can either choose a private or group tour.
Make your wildlife travel dream a reality by planning a Kenya Safari. It’s a trip you’ll never forget in your lifetime.