Two Night Safari Too Short
by Rebecca Haigh
I wish we had booked on safari for longer, we only had 2 nights and 3 days, wish we had gone for at least another day. Wish we had seen animals a bit closer and more of.
Safari Operator Performance
Booked through travel agents, Hayes and Jarvis and they used Thompsons.
The safari was OK but thought we would go out for longer drives and see more animals. The guide was OK, the good bit was seeing the lions.
There were 5 of us in our group.
We were in Kenya for 14 nights.
During our beach holiday at Diani Beach we stayed at Baobab Hotel.
Then we went on safari at Tsavo West and stayed at Ziwani Voyager Camp and the Taita Hills.
Food on safari was cooked breakfast and things like fish and salad for lunch and tea, I am vegetarian but did not struggle too much.
We saw lots of monkeys. Lions, Zebra, Cheetah, Elephant, Giraffe, Warthog (from a distance), buffalo, impala, birds, hippos, crocs.
We saw a lot but not African wild dog or rhino or leopard. Would like to have seen some big cats and got closer.
Woke up to the sounds of birds, and the sun peeping through the tent. Got ready and went for breakfast, watched the croc and the hippos in the water whilst eating breakfast with the sun coming up (amazing). Went back to the tent and packed up and then met our guide at the van.
The excitement builds in the van as we drive into the national park. We are all standing up with our heads out of the window looking for our first sign of any animal. Then someone spots a giraffe, out come all the cameras snapping away, the drive closes closer, the excitement builds.
We travel round the park on the bumpy rounds searching for more animals to see. It's the same everytime we stop - everyone points and takes photos, there is a real buz in the van.
Towards the end of the drive, we are all telling the driver that we need to see the lions. He is looking in the sand to try and find footprints and is on the radio all the time trying to locate the elusive big cats. Then he gets something on the radio, turns to us and says "everyone sit down and hold tight", he is speeding through the park, we are all bouncing everywhere but the feeling is electric, we know we are on our way to see something special.
Then we arrive at a clearing with about 20 other little white vans there filled with people looking at something, and there they are, 3 lions sitting in the grass, it gives me goose bumps, the most amazing feeling in the world.
We went on the dolphin trip and to see a village, we booked this trip whilst we were over in Kenya with one of the local people, this was an excellent day.
The Kenyan people are lovely warm people who made our holiday feel special.
Tips and Advice
Every time you get chance for a toilet break take it even if you don't need to go. The roads are long and bumpy so wear something comfortable.
If you go to the Ziwani, go on the optional nature walk. This was a highlight of the safari and our guide was amazing, we saw lots of crocs and hippos.
The most useful items in my luggage were the camera - it captures those magic moments forever; and a hair bobble as your hair flies all over in the van when the window opens.
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