As I wrote in my last travel post: if you are ever in Kenya, then you have to go on safari. I was on safari and it was so great that I would use this opportunity again and again. I love animals – this is certainly one of the reasons.
Safaris are very expensive and you have to think very well about how to book it – what provider to choose, what differences are there in pricing. If I would book in Germany or in the hotel , that would be very expensive. But I booked with a local provider and I saved a lot if money Although there are five large national parks in Kenya, you cannot visit them all. For example, in the Masai Mara you can see more animals than in other parks and especially from a different perspective. This is where the local guides can ride cross-country with the Safari Jeep. This is prohibited in other parks. But everything has its price and the Masai Mara is one of the most expensive parks. From 1000 euros per person for three days you have to reckon.
Tsavo West and East Parks are famous for the intense red earth of volcanic origin, so you can see the “red elephants” there
My safari I booked in a small office at “Mama Sophie” thru my taxi driver. Per person cost about 200 euros. It is the same safari as I could have booked at the hotel through a travel agency. But costs only a half! The safari car was not the newest. But that was not so important to me. On the end I saw the same animals and stayed in the same hotel. For safari I chose the Salt Lick Lodge in the Taita Hills Park. The park is located between Tsavo East and West, where the red earth can be seen. The lodge stands on tall stilts, in front of it is an artificial waterhole and on twilight comes various animals there. The Kilimanjaro is only 60 kilometers away too, but can be seen just in good visibility its snowy peak.
Kenya is not Germany. This has been particularly noticeable in road conditions. So the journey from Diani Beach to Tsavo East lasted almost seven hours. But then I finally saw real wild animals. I was afraid that the parks are crowded with hundreds of cars, and you feel like you are at the zoo or so. But the case was opposite. I have met almost no other safari buses in the giant savannah. I felt alone among giraffe, zebras, buffaloes, lions, elephants and many species of antelopes. I could also watch warthogs, mongoose, ostriches and many exotic birds – just breathtaking. Also in the night: The whole night roared lions, buffaloes, elephants. These had come to the waterhole in the shelter of the darkness and moved right in front of my lodge window as well as under my bungalow. I really could have been sitting there all the time and looking!
The safari in Kenya was a wonderful experience with the smell of the savannah, which will be remembered all my life! Would I do a Safari again? Yessssssssss immediately
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