All posts tagged: Travel

Red Sea Egypt

Last year we did a trip to the Red Sea leaving from Port Sudan. This year we did the Red Sea again, but leaving from Marsa Alam in Egypt. We went again with AquaVentures from Watamu at the Kenyan coast. We did the St. John’s and South area. It was really nice diving. We saw very healthy reefs, an abundance of marine life, and some sharks. There were canyon, really canyons, of coral and tons of swim throughs. At Elphinstone, about 15 meters below me I saw five sharks go by and then, a minute later, another three. I could tell they were sharks, but it was murky and I couldn’t tell what kind. I was told that most likely they were hammerheads, as they are the only schooling sharks in the area. (This was too far away to capture on video.) Unfortunately, my camera housing flooded (not a total loss, the camera is still good) and so my photos and video are limited. I did get to use the GoPro…but I’m not a pro …

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 …

Review: Olerai House

This past Easter we spent the four-day weekend at Olerai House in Navaisha. We had a fantastic time. You can read about it and see the video in my last two posts. It was a truly unique experience. The best part, for me, was the set up. There isn’t a big common area, but each room is spacious with lots of sitting and lounging space should the rains take you inside. Lucky for us, it was clear and we got to hang around in the many cushioned lounge areas set up outside. You can sit or lie down and just watch the animals walk by you—literally right by you. The zebra were constant companions, coming quite close. We also had giraffe strolling along. In the distance we could see waterbuck, gazelle, buffalo, and baboons. Some hippos came up toward the evening. (The staff keeps you safe so no worry about charging hippos. Also, they constantly clean up so no worry about zebra poops….zebras do like to poop. I’m happy to say that while I watched …

Review: Mbweha Camp

For our Christmas holiday we chose to stay at the Mbweha Camp. The camp borders against Lake Nakuru National Park, so you are right by the park but not in it (read: park fees only for when you go to the park). We liked that it was outside of the park because we only wanted to do a game drive one day. We opted to do that on Christmas Eve during the day. We went with one of the drivers from the camp and had a wonderful time. More on that in a later post. Christmas day we went for a guided bike ride around the Soysambu Conservancy, where the camp is located. The mountain bikes were in pretty good condition and our guide was a professional cyclist. It was a great way to spend Christmas morning. If you want to do things other than a game drive, I really recommend staying at Mwbeha. They can accommodate a ton of activities in or out of the park. The camp itself is a small camp with handful …

Fly540

We decided to go with Fly540 for our trip to Zanzibar. Overall, I have to say I like the airline. The flights were on time. The crew was nice. They served refreshments. It was better than most U.S. regional flights. Also, the airline flies out of Terminal 2 at Jomo Kenyatta, which is a much easier terminal to deal with. Security was a breeze. It wasn’t crowded. It was a more or less pleasant experience at the terminal. There were just two issues with the flight. The first is that the the flight was listed as direct, however it made a stop in Mombassa. I feel hat should have been made clear at the time of purchasing the ticket. The other glitch is that the aisle is very narrow. In fact, it is so narrow that it cannot accommodate the width of the average posterior. Word to the wise, get a window seat or be prepared to have butts slam into you as people walk by.