A Once in a Lifetime Adventure needs a Once in a Lifetime Guide
This past September I took a small group of hearty travelers on a once in a lifetime adventure to Africa. It was perhaps the most incredible adventure I’ve taken. The sights and sounds of Africa are like nowhere else because the primary attraction to this incredible landscape is the natural beauty; the animals, the scenery and the breathtaking vistas are just so unforgettable. We flew into Kenya via Atlanta to Amsterdam then onto Nairobi. In Nairobi we met up with another small group and we spent the night in the Fairmont Nairobi. The next morning, still punchy from the travel and time difference of seven hours, he headed out to Samburu Game Preserve where we would spend several days tent camping.
On third part of our adventure we left Mt Kenya and drove past the mountains and near Nyahururu waterfalls. After another long drive we arrived at the Great Rift Valley. Our accommodations had beautiful views over the valley, zebras as gazelles walked freely around the golf course. We took a guided walk and learned about the acacia tree (there are different varieties) and how the native tribes still use the bark or roots of different trees to cure yellow fever, malaria, prevent stomach worms, etc. The acacia tree has very long thorns yet it’s home to many animals. The giraffe eats the leaves but their tongue is created so it can reach around the thorns to get to the leaves.
After a six hour trip back to Nairobi we had lunch at a beautiful plantation then visited the Karen Blixen farmhouse and museum. Karen Blixen wrote “Out of Africa” and was very generous to the people of Nairobi. Then we went to the Rothschild Giraffe Sanctuary where we got to feed the giraffes. This particular breed of giraffe is on the endangered species list.
The Rothschild Giraffe has white legs, the common giraffe has dark chocolate spots with cream between the spots. The Reticulated giraffe has more light brown spots with white between the spots.
On Monday we departed Nairobi for Amboseli National Park which is famous for its open plains where lions and elephants roam and the breathtaking snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape.
This was an amazing adventure. The people were so kind, helpful, respectful, and happy even though they didn’t have all the material things we do. Yes, it was dusty and a bit of a culture shock but the country has a stark beauty about it, the people are resourceful but don’t work at the frantic pace that we do in America.
The food was wonderful, the accommodations different but very charming and we were well taken care of by the staff, tour manager and drivers. My traveling companions were so very glad they came with me. It’s an adventure none of us will ever forget.