Jamie had I booked three weeks out for November earlier in the year, but we just couldn’t decide where we wanted to go. After an evening with travel magazines spread out over the living room and a bottle of Shiraz handy to make decision making easier, we had only managed to narrow the list down to the top 20 destinations!
What finally clinched it, was a trip we had to Kenya 3 years ago, which we absolutely loved; for the fantastic scenery, wildlife, beautiful beaches and overall wow factor. This time, we decided to see more of the country by spending the first two weeks travelling around Kenya and then fly out to Zanzibar for a week of diving and chilling out on the beach.
A hotchpotch of different cultures, sights, smells and tastes, a few days in Nairobi was a fantastic chance to get over our jet lag and catch up with Jamie’s friend Sam, who is living and working out in Nairobi for a couple of years. From there, we went on to a stunning reserve in the foothills of the mist covered and atmospheric Mount Kenya. The lodge we stayed at had a watering hole for a variety of animals from zebra, giraffe, buffalo, rhino and elephants, less than 200 yards from our breakfast spot. For once, we were not sure we were the ones eating the most for breakfast. There was also an interesting moment, when the wildlife was literally on our doorstep, with an enthusiastic baboon trying to get into our tent!
From there, we drove through the Great Rift Valley and on to the Masai Mara for 3 days of hard core animal watching and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere of a lodge right in the middle of the park. We saw some unforgettable and truely breathtaking sights of whole prides of lions basking in the sunshine, huge herds of bufallo around the Mara River and, a highlight for me, a week old baby elephant being taught how to use his trunk by a very patient mother.
Our next stop, Lake Nakuru, was unforgettable for the sheer number of birds feeding on the shores – literally millions and millions of varieties of flamingos, pelicans and other birds.
By the time we reached Zanzibar, we felt we had deserved a rest and fairly quickly got into a routine of lazing around and enjoying a sundowner each evening, from the comfort of our sunloungers. We were lucky enough to the the only guests staying at a new boutique hotel, Echo Beach, in picture postcard Bweju, on the south east of the island. We were treated to fabulous food and hospitaility generally and can thoroughly recommend it as a fantastic spot for a holiday.
Here is a taste of our trip: