All posts tagged: Game Drive

Maasai Mara

After nearly two years in Kenya, we finally went out to the Maasai Mara. We decided that it would be the prefect long weekend trip for J.’s birthday. We were not disappointed. We stayed at the Mara Siria camp (review to come soon) just outside the national reserve. The part of the Mara that we saw was the Mara Triangle, it’s about one third of the entire Maasai Mara National Reserve. The area bordered by the Mara River, the Oldoinyio Escarpment (where our camp was located), and the border with Tanzania (which doesn’t matter to animals because they don’t need passports) where it becomes Serengeti National Park. This part of the Mara is less crowded and is said to have has more animals. We certainly saw a ton of animals. We saw the big five: rhino (black rhino in our case), lions, leopard, buffalo, and elephants. We also saw the symbol of the mara, the Topi (a kind of deer)—that was a first for me. Highlights include a very full leopard snoozing away, lion cubs, …

How to Pack for a Safari in Kenya

We learn something new on every safari. At this point, we’ve gone for enough game drives and full safaris to have become experts in packing. Here are some tips from what we’ve learned from our experiences. Shoes Hiking boots/shoes or trail running shoes are great. Closed-toe Tevas (or similar) are also good if you’ll be in the vehicle the whole time. But bring along sneakers or hiking boots just in case. If you do any hiking, biking, or walking you’ll want your foot fully protected. Also, some lodges and camps have graveled areas. It’s not fun to constantly wiggle rocks out of your shoe. Clothes It’s all about the layers. It will be cold in the mornings, and game drives start very early. It will also get cold at night. Also, even though things heat up during the day, if you’re in an open vehicle, the wind will chill you. But you also don’t want to roast at midday and on sunny afternoons. Here’s how I layer: Tank top or t-shirt Long sleeve shirt or …

Game Drive at Lake Nakuru National Park

The Christmas weekend was spent in Nakuru. On the 24th we decided to do a full day game drive. I highly recommend doing the full day drive, taking your lunch with you. You get to spend more time out and about and you get to have your lunch out in the bush. I also recommend not doing too many days in Nakuru. It’s a small park. You only need a day or two max. We spent one day and we saw the whole park, not to mention a ton of animals. The big attraction in Nakuru is rhino. We saw 11 white rhino altogether. I’ve been on a few game drives now and I’ve never seen so many rhino in one day, or even one safari. That said, I’ve been on a game drives and I was plenty impressed by Nakuru. It’s small, but the park is gorgeous and filled with wildlife. In addition to rhino, we saw lion, hippo, a rock hyrax, plenty of giraffe and zebra and much more. We also saw a …