Safari in Kenya, a Holiday with a Difference.


Safari in Kenya, a Holiday with a Difference

Thinking of having a holiday with a difference? Never been to Africa. Do you (or your other half) cross the road when there is a large dog on the pavement? Then go on Safari in Kenya. You'll not forget it. But do it whilst you still think you are young. On Safari is not hard but it is arduous. Kenya Airways offers nonstop overnight flights from Heathrow in the latest Boeing 777 which allows your adventure to start the next day. A week's trip is fully practical and you can always tag on some more days at the end in one of the popular resorts bordering the Indian Ocean in the Mombassa area. If you are in the UK regions an alternative is via partner KLM to Amsterdam the airline's other European gateway.

Even if you don't have a visa getting through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is easy and once past customs the welcome sign with your name on it proves you have come to the right place and you are ready for the next step. It's off on a 30 minute dive to Wilson Airport on the other side of town, a run down colonial offering with aircraft all over the place, some old, some tatty (very tatty) and some extremely modern. SafariLink is an airline situated in a 21st century building complete with maintenance facility. It is here that you complete formalities and are briefed a little on your trip. They operate the Cessna Caravan 1, ideal for outback operations with fixed undercarriage (nothing to go wrong) and a freight hold slung underneath the passenger cabin making for easy loading and unloading of a real variety of cargo. The 'plane provides daily communications (in fact up to three flights per day) to many of the lodges and camps bringing in clients, staff and urgently needed supplies. Most resorts, which is what they are, are provided for with weekly lorry supplies.

It's then to the run down terminal building and quickly up and away. First stop on a typical six night, three venue aerial safari is the Samburu Intrepids luxury camp, 200 miles north of Nairobi located in the home area of a warrior tribe whose ancestors moved south from what is now Ethiopia. The airstrip is bumpy, one gets used to that, and then it is a 20 minute drive into the game park and a welcome drink and cold towel on arrival. You might pass the odd leopard and for sure hoards of guinea fowl that inhabit this part. Monkeys will welcome you to your tent. Sumburu is typical of the Intrepids Safari Company offerings. Twenty-seven...

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