Manyatta Safari Camp Review at a Glance: -Great views of the game park with the outside the game park price -Five minutes drive to front gate of Mara game park -Inexpensive -Authentic –Hot water showers -Nightly bonfires under the stars -Delicious food & well packed lunches for all day game drives -Owned and staffed by Masai […]
This post at a glance: -A quick overview of life as a Masai -Pictures of their life and village One of my favorite parts about safari is joining the Masai for a tour of their village. The Masai are one of the last of the 42 tribes that still maintains their culture, clothing and way […]
Masai Mara Megan and I brought a team to Kenya to spend time at our children’s home in Kakamega, Kenya. We wanted them to get the full Kenya experience and to enjoy the beauty that this country has to offer. So we brought them on Safari with Bongo Safaris. Last time we loved Masai […]
Joe and I are fully settled back into life in Cincinnati where the busyness of work and life can be overwhelming. We are doing our best to remember and savor all the moments from the first half of our year while remaining content being home. We are really happy to be home, but that doesn’t […]
Severin Sea Lodge is located on Bamburi Beach and is a German run Resort started back in 1972, the founder having an establishment on the property since 1965! It is easy to feel the influence of the long standing history and the legacy that has been established through the home-feel and friendliness of the staff. It almost doesn’t seem like a resort, but rather a relaxing getaway with friends that seem somehow familiar. What a testament to the great staff at Severin!
Joe and I decided to end our time in Kenya in Mombasa on the beach, processing the previous months of living in a third world country. Mombasa sits on the Eastern coast of Kenya. I couldn’t be more thankful that we took that time to process having to leave Kenya. There is something about crystal […]
We wrote a blog about our stay at Rondo Retreat, a beautiful lodge in the Kakamega Forest. Students travel to the Kakamega Forest from all over the world to study the unique plants, animals and insects native the forest. This post is just to show a few beautiful photos from the largest rainforest in Eastern Africa! Enjoy!!
The train wasn’t a total bust though. The scenery along the way was absolutely gorgeous. The tracks run through several ecosystems including a red sand area not unlike the South Western United States. The trip also treks through a few national parks. We saw elephants, Zebras and gazelle along the way.
Most Kenyans live on less than $1.20 a day and a good portion of those families make their living from working their own kibanda (kiosk). They sell fresh fruits, vegetables, chips (French fries), cell phone airtime, and usually a collection of other random things. The kiosks are outside their house or in an organized market put together of wood and scrap metal. They are literally everywhere you go in Kenya!
Nestled in the Kakamega forest, the Rondo retreat is an oasis in the Western Province of Kenya. Rondo is located just under two and a half hours from Kisumu. The drive down the dirt road from Kakamega passes by fields of maize, vibrant green tea bushes and sugarcane, soon giving way to the dense foliage of the Kakamega rain forest.
Hakuna Matata, it means no worries in Swahili. Megan and I have learned the importance of this phrase. If we didn’t use it on a regular basis we would probably have pulled out all of our hair by now. I will share one reason why to be ready to use this phrase. African Time.
When traveling to Kenya preparation is key. It would be a crying shame to travel all the way to Africa and realize that the preparations for the trip were inadequate. Here are five essentials that you will not want to be without when traveling to Kenya.
Normally we pick up visitors in the middle of the day so we miss out on the early morning hippo action, but it is still completely worth getting out on the water even in the middle of the day. If you venture out on the lake during the middle of the day you will probably see six of these seven sights on Lake Victoria. If you are lucky you may even see number seven!
The drive from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha is at the least thrilling and at the most down right scary. Winding down into the rift valley is a small two-lane highway that carries local traffic, semi trucks and the occasional mzungu (white people) filled safari vans. The lines in Kenyan roads tend to disappear every so often, giving way to close encounters with oncoming traffic. Even if the lines were present, dividing the jousting cars, it wouldn’t change much. When a semi is groaning under the weight of its load, or a tractor complete with a goat filled trailer is inching up and down the hills, traffic slows to a crawl; in which case it is every vehicle for himself. Drivers swerve into the other lane, playing chicken with the oncoming traffic. At the last moment, they always seem to make it back into their lane. It’s enough to make one’s blood feel like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah through their veins. But at the end of the day, as long as the destination is achieved, without death or serious injury, then it was worth the ride.