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  • Day3

    On the Way to Samburu National Park

    February 18 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Nach einem kurzen aber leckeren Frühstück in 'Arche' brachte uns der Shuttle-Bus zurück zu unserem Jeep wo unser Guide schon verzweifelt auf uns wartete. Geplanter Start ist 07.00 gewesen. Da aber der Shuttlebus erst um 08.00 Uhr los gefahren ist, kamen wir 1 1/2h zu spät 🙈. Auf der Strecke musste unserer Fahrer plötzlich mit "was verloren" anhalten. Die Verwirrung unsererseits war groß, bis wir verstanden hatten, dass "was verloren" eher "verfahren" bedeuten sollte. Wir kamen daher gut 2h zu spät in den wundervollen Samburu Nationalpark. Hier öffneten wir dann endlich das Dach unseres Jeeps und auf dem Weg zur Lodge startete auch unsere erste Pirschfahrt.
    Gleich nach der Ankunft an der Lodge wurden wir zum Mittagessen erwartet und im Anschluss fand der Check In statt. Aufgrund unserer Verspätung fiel die geplante "Mittagspause" aus und wir starteten direkt nach dem Check in zur nächsten Pirschfahrt. Das Glück, gleich am ersten Tag Geparden zu entdecken, war natürlich wunderbar. Auf der Rückfahrt zur Lodge haben wir uns dann noch ein "verloren" und kamen pünktlich zum Abendessen an. Im Anschluss eine schnelle dusche und sofort schlafen, schließlich klingelt der Wecker um 5.30 zur morgendlichen Pirschfahrt.
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  • Day394

    Trans East-African Highway

    January 14, 2021 in Kenya ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    The right of way is clearly defined on the Trans East-African Highway. I am very surprised because I expected something apocalyptic like the busy, crappy highway from Dar-es-Salaam to Zambia or the Mombasa-Nairobi connection. Instead, I find a wonderfully wide road in superb condition with no traffic at all! It reminds me of cruising from Cape Town to Namibia with Wurstdaniel or the greater northern Swedish highways where you can cruise with 100 kph for hours and just enjoy the landscape. Such a contrast to my last weeks. Clear air, great view of approaching mountains. This is where I’m heading to. Again, mountains!Read more

  • Day8

    By The River

    April 21 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    We were then very fortunate to be invited to watch a very special National Geographic moment! Because the rains are now over a month late in arriving, the local tribes are having a difficult time. Only during times of hardship, do a group of matriarch women from several villages get together and do a dance to pray for fertility. In this case, fertility of the land through rain. We were allowed to stand in the dry riverbed and watch the ceremony!Read more

  • Day8

    Day Eight

    April 21 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Day Eight: ///caravans.raptor.excludes. Get to sleep in a little bit, because today we head to the local village to learn about the day to day lives of the people. It was very warm last night and I found myself dreaming about diving into a snowbank. I imagine by the end of this trip we will acclimate a bit, but right now it's pretty darn warm! A beautiful drive to the village and a tour given by our driver really opens your eyes to how life is here in Samburu. Nomadic herders who live and die by the land and the health of their flocks. Afterward we drive back to the lodge for a wonderful breakfast. Later we drove to the landing strip where we arrived from Nairobi (only just two days ago!?) to browse the local handicraft. You all know by now that I'm a sucker for that kind of thing and let's just say ... purchases were made! A slow drive back looking for animals before we get a rest before lunch. It's a lazy afternoon and we do some prepacking for our journey tomorrow morning to a different lodge. We change up the Sundowner by riding ATV's down to the dry riverbed.

    We were then very fortunate to be invited to watch a very special National Geographic moment! Because the rains are now over a month late in arriving, the local tribes are having a difficult time. Only during times of hardship, do a group of matriarch women from several villages get together and do a dance to pray for fertility. In this case, fertility of the land through rain. We were allowed to stand in the dry riverbed and watch the ceremony!

    Drinks while watching the sunset follow the amazing dance before we head back to the lodge for our final dinner here at the Sassab Lodge. We pack up and hit the sack.
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  • Day7

    Day Seven

    April 20 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Day Seven: ///caravans.raptor.excludes. 5:00AM Comes early and in the dark! 5:15AM Brings a man with coffee and cookies. 5:40AM We begin the 6 minute walk up to the main lodge under a moonlit sky. We're loaded up and rolling by 5:45 heading into the Westgate Community Conservancy to find some wild animals. Elephants, Giraffe, Lions, Zebra, and many more are spotted before we break for breakfast. While we eat many herds of cattle are being led over the dry riverbed by local Samburu tribesmen. They are as interested in us as we are in them and greetings are exchanged if they are close enough. After breakfast we continue to find animals at every turn! After over 6 hours of game driving we return to the lodge hot, tired and happy. A bit of a rest before lunch and then back to our tent for a cool down in the plunge pool. We're ack out at 5:00PM for another game drive that ends way above the river valley on a rocky bluff! Amazing views and best of all, a cool breeze! We head back to the lodge in the dark and after a quick rest, meet up for another amazing meal! Everyone wants to stay up, but sleep is a precious commodity! Good Night.Read more

  • Day6

    Day Six

    April 19 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 77 °F

    Day Six: ///caravans.raptor.excludes. Up bright and early for breakfast and check out of the hotel. Arrive at Safarilink terminal for our flight to Samburu and the Sassab Lodge. A small but rugged plane awaits us and it's a great one hour flight North. Dirt Airstrip, dry African Savanna, people dressed for adventure or colorful traditional robes make the scene fit for any Hollywood African Safari Movie! A slow drive to the lodge affords several first animal sightings including a beautiful cluster of Reticulated Giraffe! Welcome drinks and a talk before we are escorted to our hillside "tent" overlooking the dry riverbed. The annual rains are one month late and everyone, especially the animals, need the river to flow. Crazy cool room with lots of open views that leaves no doubt that we are in Africa! A wonderful lunch is served at the main lodge before we head back to our place for an afternoon rest. You smell the rain and hear the thunder well before it starts to come down. But it did! A soaking rain that lasted about 30 minutes. The start of more to come we hope. A late afternoon snack and we load up the Land Cruiser for our first game drive. The rain has cooled it down some but it's still very warm. We see many animals and birds over the next two hours followed by a sundowner cocktail enjoyed down on the riverbed. It is my new favorite drink, the Dawa!

    'The dawa (medicine) cocktail, invented at the Carnivore restaurant in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, was inspired by the Brazilian caipirinha, a cocktail made with the cane-sugar spirit cachaça. Bartenders complained of morning-after headaches from the cachaça and started subbing in vodka. (Some Brazilians also prefer vodka with their muddled limes and sugar; the resulting drink is a caipivodka.) Carnivore’s bartenders began testing their new drink on guests; and one of them, who happened to be their landlord, was a fan. He asked for another, referring to it as his dawa (medicine). The name stuck and so did the cocktail, which is now found across Kenya.'

    Back on the drive using a spotlight to try and see animal eye shine. Right as we're thinking about coming in, the radio cracks with a report of a Leopard sighting. A 25 minute wild ride in the dark with interjecting radio busts telling us "to hurry up, or miss it" complete the realization that we're on Safari! The Leopard eventually appears right in front of us and poses for photos to everyone's delight! Back to the lodge for a candlelight dinner under the stars. We are escorted to our tent in the blackness by a guard loaded for bear! We are exhausted and though it is hot and sticky, sleep comes easily.
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  • Day354


    March 19, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    After flying through the night we arrived in Kenya to start a 6 week overland tour from Nairobi to Cape Town. We met the rest of our group of 22 people who all seemed very nice and all age 20-30 which was good. We had a briefing from our guide from the trip, Wilson from Kenya. Next we boarded our transport, basically a pumped up bus that can cope with the African roads and day one was spent crossing the border into Tanzania.Read more

    Celia Chamberlain

    Pleased there are no aged people you would have to endure!!!! Hahahah xxxxxxx


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