Cox & Kings Customer Review: Kenyan Adventure
Cox & Kings Customer Review: Kenyan Adventure
Mr. Ninan Oommen and his wife were clear about their post-retirement plans. They wanted to spend quality time together and visit some of the world’s most exotic locations! Since both of them love nature and wildlife, an African safari was always on the cards.
In 2016, they checked Kenya off their bucket list with much élan. Here’s Ninan’s personal account of the amazing holiday…
All Photo Credits: Ninan Oommen
While a planned holiday suited us fine, we also wanted some leeway in how we spent our days. In the end, our six days in Kenya turned out to be some of the most rewarding, exciting and memorable days of our lives! If you’re planning an African safari, we recommend the Cox & Kings Kenyan Adventure, a power-packed holiday that promises the best experience.
DAY 1: Our Wild Adventure Begins
We touched down in sunny Nairobi and drove directly from the airport to our first destination. After five hours on highway roads, which were in equal measures smooth, bumpy and dusty, we reached Amboseli National Park – the famed ‘Land Of Giants’. Though we couldn’t wait to get close to the wild elephants and enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we decided to revive ourselves with a light meal and a good night’s rest.
DAY 2: Double The Fun!
We woke up refreshed and ready for the day that included two game drives in Amboseli National Park. Our morning drive took us towards the picturesque Mt. Kilimanjaro, which at 16,732 feet is the tallest mountain in Africa. Although Mt. Kilimanjaro or Kili (as the locals call it) is set in Tanzania, you can enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped peak from the right spots in Amboseli.
Along the drive we saw several exotic birds, apart from happy groups of Thomson gazelles, giraffes, ostriches, winderbeasts, hyenas, wild buffaloes and warthogs heading towards the watering holes. But the most majestic and amazing experience was to spot a group of elephants who lazily strolled past our safari van, close enough for us to touch them. After spending time, just enjoying their antics, we drove to Noomotio (or the Observation Hill) from where we viewed the vast expanse of grasslands and swamps.
After some rest at the hotel and a quick meal, we were ready for the afternoon game drive. As we drove around, we were lucky to chance upon a pride of lionesses and their cubs. Excited, we watched as the pride continued to laze around in the sun, some half-hidden in the tall grass below Acacia trees, while others basked on nearby rocks. Having clicked numerous photographs of the scene, we moved on with our drive before deciding to return to our hotel.
DAY 3: From Rolling Grasslands To Marshy Lakes
We left Amboseli for Lake Naivasha on the third day of our itinerary. The only fresh water lake within Africa’s Great Rift Valley region, Lake Naivasha, at 6,181 ft, is the highest point of the valley. With a complex geological combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits, the area is home to a vast species of birds, apart from hippos and fish.
With time to spare, we opted for a quick visit to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park. The scenic park is famous for its Greater and Lesser Flamingos population, which we were told could go up to 2 million around the park. We also saw rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, baboons, vervet monkeys, waterbucks among other animals and water birds. We were also lucky to come across lions on our drive around the lake.
DAY 4: Geographical Phenomena To Wildlife Paradise
The next day, we drove to the world renowned Masai Mara National Reserve – the 1,500 sq km home of the Big Five (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes). The drive took us approximately six hours, but the warm welcome we received by members of the Masai tribe in their bright traditional costumes was worth it.
After a sumptuous meal, we were ready for our game drive in a private vehicle with a pop-up roof. Masai Mara is filled with fascinating wildlife and blessed with an open terrain that makes game viewing easy. Apart from the Big Five, we saw a staggering variety of animals here. This included all three species of big cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs) and all in one day! During our drive we saw several species of birds, countless herds of zebra and other herbivores, large groups of giraffes, elephants, hyenas, jackals, buffalo, topies antelopes, and crocodiles. We also enjoyed the unexpected bonus of a seeing a lion on a hunt, as well as a cheetah mother and her cubs enjoying their kill.
Another awe-inspiring moment was to spot a lioness snooze on the branches of an Acacia tree after a meal, while her pride lazed on the rocks nearby. We returned to our hotel with cameras full of pictures and minds full of memories.
DAY 5: Colourful Day Of Tribal Traditions
We decided to spend the fifth day at a Masai village for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were welcomed at the gate by Masai women, who guided us to the Masai Moran as they performed their unique ‘jumping’ dance, which imitates a newborn gazelle. We spent time with the tribal folk, learning about their life, culture and customs while we sipped a traditional Masai chai. Proud of their traditions and heritage, they happily sold us colourful beads, artifacts, souvenirs and collectables, which were a perfect representation of their culture.
We returned to our lodge for the evening and enjoyed a spectacular sunset that left us with an unforgettable experience.
DAY 6: The Journey Comes To A Close
Our scenic and wildlife adventure had come to an end. As we drove back to Nairobi, we relived every moment of our Kenya Safari holiday, with photographs that could fill numerous albums. Our wonderful experience has only fuelled the fire to plan our next holiday in this beautiful country!
About The Author
Ninan is a retired professional, who finds ways to indulge his passion for travel and storytelling. Since his first taste of travel at the age of 16, he has been to over 20 countries and stacked up a lot of happy memories. When he’s not chasing his dreams, he spends his time reading, watching educational/travel TV shows, supporting social causes and playing scrabble.