A healthy dose of insanity always helps make a life more interesting. That’s pretty much my only explanation for the reason I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for the past week or so. Sometime two weeks ago, my good friend Turki Shoaib (same Turki who I photohiked with less than a month ago) called me up: “Dude, You want to go to Kenya next week?”.
After the initial shock and a week to prepare (physically, not mentally), I found myself on a plane from Jeddah to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. We had booked ourselves a camping safari trip that would take us to some Kenya’s most amazing sites. Most commonly used phrase on our 4 hour flight in: “Holy sh*t, we’re actually going to Kenya”. Being the outdoorsy types (or so we like to think!), we planned to drive around the country, safariing, camping, and generally trying to avoid the trappings of tourism until the last days of the trip.
Starting from the capital Nairobi, our trip would take us north to lakes Navisha and Nakuru, spending a night camping at both lakes. Lake Navisha is well known for being the location where the 1985 movie Out of Africa was filmed, as well as for its proximity to Hell’s Gate national park, which was the inspiration behind the locations in the Lion King (Note: If you had to click that link to know what The Lion King was, you deserve to be unceremoniously taken outside and shot… multiple times). Lake Nakuru is known as Kenya’s flamingo lake, a name it received from the millions of flamingos that reside the lake, turning it pink.
On our third day, we drove down to the famous Masai Mara in time to catch the Wildebeest migration from the Serengeti. Over two days of safariing, we would see an alphabet soup of wild animals as well as visit the indigenous Masai tribes for a cultural touch. After Masai Mara, we would head off to the less well known (but equally interesting) Amboseli National Park, where the wildlife of the Masai Mara live in a highly arid climate. For the final 2 days of the trip, we headed up to Mombasa, to the Serena Beach Resort for some R&R and a visit to one of the most historical old cities in Africa.
Just to introduce you to the main characters of this little story.
Ok so that last one was a joke (please refer to my earlier comment about being shot if you don’t know what I’m taking about). More articles and pictures forthcoming. You’re going to want to see these ones
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