Kenya - The Cradle of Safari
The most important national parks and the most beautiful private conservancies - in my opinion
Safari is just another lovely word in Swahili meaning simply 'journey'. During the times of Karen Blixen and Hemingway, safari was still about hunting and killing animals, fortunately today's safaris mean being out in the bush or on the savannas of Africa, in company of a competent guide enjoying intensive encounters with wild animals. The shooting is solely done by cameras.
My recommendations of places in Kenya are:
- AMBOSELI - for its enormous herds of elefants and the breath-taking views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
- TSAVO - (un-) famous for its wild lions, supposedly man-eaters in the famous movie, today an impressively wild place with inifinte options to enjoy safari experiences, per vehicle, foot, bike, horse or simply from the deck of your fabulous camp.
- LAIKIPIA - paradise on earth for white and black rhinos in one of the biggest private reserves.
- MASAI MARA - home to the Maasai, a must to visit, not only for its huge herds of animals or the world famous migration, but due to its marvellous landscapes....and again the movies: so many places will feel familiar, as deja-vus from 'Out of Africa'