“A once in a lifetime opportunity we would recommend to anyone…”
Lucy and Rick Lyne have recently returned from their two-week honeymoon to Kenya. The newlyweds started their unforgettable trip at Satao Elerai Camp, taking in the breath-taking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring Amboseli National Park, before moving on to Karen Blixen Camp, where they shared their new surroundings with a large hippo pod and were overwhelmed by the abundance of big game in the awesome Masai Mara.
“Our first night was spent in Satao Elerai Camp in the conservancy just outside Amboseli National Park. We woke in the morning, opened the tent ‘doors’ and were greeted by the most stunning view of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. We had a full day game drive into the National Park, where we saw a huge number of elephants, as well as giraffes, baboons and lions. The safari guide was excellent as were all the staff at the camp and the food was delicious!
After two nights at Satao Elerai, it was time to move on and we were taken back to Nairobi for an incredible lunch at the infamous ‘Carnivore’ restaurant where we gorged ourselves on every kind of meat you can think of before catching our flight to the Mara North Conservancy. The flight was an experience in itself with beautiful views over the landscapes below. After an hour or so we landed on the airstrip and were transferred to our home for the next four nights; Karen Blixen Camp. Situated right on the banks of the Mara River, our neighbours were around 50 hippos lazing in the shallow waters below.
We had both been on safaris in several African game parks before, but nothing prepared us for what we experienced over the next few days in the Masai Mara. In just one day we were lucky enough to see three leopards, as well as a mother and her three two-week old cubs and two cheetahs hunting a herd of wildebeest. Returning to the camp was always a pleasure, as the attentive staff were beyond helpful, assisting with anything we required. The permanent ‘tents’ were more like luxury hotel rooms and the outside shower was a unique experience! A once in a lifetime opportunity we would recommend to anyone was the hot air balloon flight with Skyship Co over the National Park at sunrise – a completely different experience to game viewing on the ground and finishing with the most amazing champagne breakfast in the middle of the bush was just incredible.
Our stay at Karen Blixen Camp was over too quickly and it was then on to Diani Beach for seven nights of pure relaxation by the white sands of the Indian Ocean.”