So beginning of March 2022, I decided to go up to East Africa to see what safaris are like up there, Needless to say, I was very impressed. The main aim of the trip was to look at a few different properties and see a few wildlife hotspots. I traveled over 1600km by road and saw the Northern 5 as well as the Big 5.
The areas in. Kenya that I traveled to were Laikipia District, Samburu National Reserve in the North, and Naivasha for a night on our way to the magical Maasai Mara. This whole trip was organized by Geoff Mayes owner of the amazing Mara Camp.
Day 1 :
I arrived in Nairobi at 6 in the morning, off a Kenya airways flight which was a very pleasant and easy flight from Harare, just a 3-hour flight. From Nairobi I left straight for the Laikipia District which was about a 4-hour drive, we arrived at the beautiful Solio Lodge, which is part of the Safari Collection just in time for a lovely lunch.
After lunch, we had some time to relax in the beautiful rooms and get ready for the afternoon Game drive. So Solio Lodge is known for its incredible rhino viewing and wow, did it live up to its reputation. We had an incredible afternoon game drive where we had some amazing rhino encounters as well as other fabulous sightings such as Colobus monkey, Olive baboons, Zebra, and a lot of new birds. We finished the afternoon game drive with a lovely sundowner.
The next morning we were up early with the aim of getting a picture of rhino and Mount Kenya in the background, wow what a morning it was, we managed to get some pictures of the Rhino with Mount Kenya but we also had an incredible sighting of a striped hyena(a first for me) as well as great giraffe and Oryx sightings finished off with breakfast in the bush.
After our amazing bush breakfast, we headed back to the lodge picked up our bags, and headed for our next camp which was up in the North in the Samburu National Reserve. On leaving the Laikipia area for Samburu we had to cross the equator, which was fun to stop at and get a pic.
My next Blog will be on my 3 nights in the Samburu, with our main aim to find the Northern 5 species. Follow me to find out if we were successful.