What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “African Safari”?
I imagine a National Geographic picture as lionesses go hunting. And what if this picture comes real?! Should you be watching at a distance of 10 meters? It’s just an incredible feeling!
When I was planning my visit to Kenya, I started exploring its national parks. Why the best safari is in Kenya? Kenya is one of the few African countries where wildlife hunting is prohibited by the laws. Thus, animals do not afraid of vehicles as a threat to their lives and do not run away from them. As a result, you are observing the beautiful untouched nature. Kenyan savannah is so populated that a sense of unreality is happening with you all the time. You seem to be going back to the origins just like it was thousands of years ago.
I chose the Masai Mara National Park for my safari. It is famous for its lions. We even managed to see lions with little cubs. The purpose of each safari is to see the so-called “Big Five” which includes: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. We managed to see leopard twice in one day. The only one we could not see was a rhino.
The largest population among Masai Mara animals is wildebeest. Each year in July these animals migrate in search of fresh grass to the north through the Mara River to Tanzania and after return to the south in October. Also on the territory of Masai Mara live the Thomson Gazelle, Grant Gazelle, Impala, Topi and others. In addition we were able to see a large number of zebras, giraffes, hyenas and baboons. When we came to the Mara River we saw a huge number of crocodiles and hippos. It is immediately clear why every migration here is a true tragedy. Not all animals will cross the river.
There are also over 450 species of birds in the national park, among which we saw: the bird secretary, marabu, African crane, vultures, ostriches and bright blue roller.
The park is really huge, thus, whether you manage to see a rare animal obviously depends on the maneuverability and speed of your guide. The fact is that all guides have portable radio sets and transmit information where certain animals are. The lazy guide will just turn off the radio and ride the park, in this case everything will depend solely on your luck. But the Masai Mara is so inhabited by animals that even 100 meters will not be empty, you will definitely meet someone.
Safari is something you remember for a lifetime. This is a day you will never forget. I often get the picture when giraffes gracefully pass at sunset. I saw the exact picture many times on TV. But at that moment it was MY incredibly beautiful reality!
Of course, you should go on a safari for a couple of days. One day it will not be enough. And it is necessary to stop certainly on the territory of the national park in a lodge, hotels located on national parks.
We stayed at Masai Mara Sopa Lodge https://sopalodges.com/masai-mara-sopa-lodge/the-lodge/ . A true oasis after a busy and exhausting day on wheels. An interesting fact about the lodges is that hot water and electricity are only served at certain period of time. There is no electricity at night, so only you, the starry sky and the sounds of the savannah. It will also give you an incredible feeling. Somewhere nearby are wild animals on their territory – their home, where they belong like thousands of years ago, and you are their guest today.