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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
The Oommen family all smiles for the camera with their guide

The Oommen family is all smiles for the camera with their guide (centre)

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.

Armed with my best camera, all ready for my African adventure

Armed with my best camera, all ready for my African adventure

 

The Amboseli National Park a.k.a the Land of Giants welcomed us

At the entrance of Amboseli National Park a.k.a the Land of Giants

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.

 

No, this is not photoshopped! We actually managed to capture the elephants & mountains in one shot.

No, this is not photoshopped! We actually managed to capture the elephant & Mt. Kilimanjaro in one shot

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.

 

Topis are considered to be exceptionally affable & live in herds of 15 to 20

Topis are considered to be exceptionally affable & live in herds of 15 to 20

 

Did you know; giraffes have almost 9 different subspecies out of which 3 are found in Kenya

Giraffes are known to have 9 different sub-species, and 3 of them are found in Kenya

 

In 2014, Kenya lost over 137 elephants to poachers even though hunting the animal remains banned since 1973

In 2014, Kenya lost over 137 elephants to poachers despite a 1973 ban on hunting these mammoths

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.

 

This lioness enjoyed a long & peaceful nap, while tourists admired her

This lioness enjoyed a long & peaceful nap, while tourists admired her

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.

 

Hippos look adorable, but they're also the third largest land mammal (after the White rhinoceros & elephant)

Hippos look adorable, but they’re also the third-largest land mammal (after the white rhinoceros & elephant)

 

The Nile crocodiles of Kenya mostly prey on fish, but they will attack almost everything that crosses their path

Nile crocodiles of Kenya mostly prey on fish, but can attack everything that crosses their path, including this warthog

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.

Beautiful Flamingos are just one of the many attractions of the Lake Nakuru National Park

Beautiful flamingos are just one of the many attractions at the Lake Nakuru National Park

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.

 

Finally, at the Masai Mara National Reserve!

Finally, at the Masai Mara National Reserve!

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.

This cheetah had just spotted her pray

This cheetah had just spotted her prey

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.

The tribe of Masai village take pride in their colourful culture & traditions

The tribe of Masai village take pride in their colourful culture & traditions

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!

The Masai are warm, yet fiercely protective about their traditions in a changing world

The Masai are warm, yet fiercely protective about their traditions in a changing world

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Ninan Oommen

Ninan Oommen

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.

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