The sunrays rise in the cloudless skies melting away the morning blues as the day gently unfolds. Driving through Nairobi's Central Business District, you pass skyscrapers, billboards, motor freeways and flyovers with carefree drivers whizzing by scarcely contemplating the developments and innovations around them that barely existed a decade ago.
You drive on, arriving at the gates to Nairobi National Park and as the city's hustle and bustle fades away, everything around you starts to transform. You catch the wind's sighing, the leaves' rustling, and the birds' chirping. The park is teeming with wildlife and the endless rolling plains, riverine woodlands and thick bush-lined valleys are just a few of the park's varied habitats that majestically reveal themselves the farther on you drive. As you delve deeper into the mysteries of the park, a stunning realisation dawns – you are in the presence of wildlife with a backdrop of an entire throbbing and buzzing city! Where else can you find this?
The sundowner is an essential part of safari life and dates back to the time of the great game hunting safaris of the 1920's when cocktails were always served as the sun began its descent and the wildlife were ideally emerging into the cool of the evening. Today, though the hunting days are gone, the tradition of the sundowner endures – with good reason. To the uninitiated, it may be difficult to envision the exceptional treat and Africa safari experience in store. However, for old hands, it is one of the golden joys of safari life... a perfect end to a remarkable day in an incomparable land.
The camp is an architectural delight built to utilise and preserve its natural surroundings – it conveys the classic dreamy Hollywood image of Africa. It offers complete tranquillity and privacy and is picturesquely set in undulating savannah backdrop and dwarfed by the commanding presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Kibo Safari Camp is definitely one of Kenya's best-kept secrets.
Merriam-Webster defines a predator (pred•a•tor noun \ˈpre-də-tər, -ˌtȯr\) as an animal that lives by killing and/or eating other animals. On a safari, one comes across abundant predators – wildlife species – but hardly give a second thought to how they affect the natural food chain. Here, in the wild, the evolutionary theory of 'survival for the fittest' is best exposed.
George Adamson, also known as Baba ya Simba (Father of Lions), was a senior game warden of the Northern Frontier District of Kenya in the late 1930s. He was also one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation and an author. He and his wife, Joy, are best known for the best-selling book 'Born Free', which is based on the true story of Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lioness cub they had raised and later released into the wild.
Kenya was immortalised as the home of the safari by legendary personalities such as Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen. The classic 'Out of Africa' movie, filmed in Kenya, perfectly portrays the romance, thrill and excitement of the country.
Although safaris are a great attraction, Kenya is a country of great diversity with much more to offer. One cannot go on safari in Kenya without having an urge to visit and experience the way of life of the renowned Masai tribe of Kenya. The Masai, iconic pastoralists of the East African savannah, live in harmony with nature and is one of the few remaining tribes that tries to hold onto their traditions and culture amidst westernisation.
Kenya is an adventurer's paradise. It is a land of endless opportunity for the active traveller; a country rich with culture, overflowing with wildlife and scenic landscapes, brimming with all sorts of adventurous possibilities – what better way to discover and enjoy these possibilities than by an exhilarating bike safari?
You are going on a safari and are looking for a place to stay that will combine rustic simplicity with unquestionable luxury, a place with a waterhole, especially one from which animals regularly drink. At the camps and lodges mentioned below, you step into a world of 'civilised' wilderness living where nature and contemporary comfort blend into one, read on and find one that suits your needs.