As they say Africa does have an enchanting effect on you. It leaves you with a yearning to return and discover more. These massive countries are so vast and diverse a lifetime is certainly not enough to discover them sufficiently. Without doubt East Africa puts up the greatest wildlife spectacle the world has to offer. It is a great joy to watch these animals in such great numbers move freely in their natural habitats. No other country comes even close to offering such an experience as sadly most have destroyed their fauna and flora in the name of development. The massive and varied landscapes and sheer number of fauna and flora in East Africa will bewilder anyone. We visited several national parks and all of them were distinctively different from each and interesting in their own way. Between the eight parks we would have seen over a million wildebeest, another million zebras & gazelles, over thousand elephants, hundreds of giraffe and hippos plus many more animals and birds. Although seeing the Big 5 is a realistic opportunity, the smaller animals and bird life is even more fascinating as are awe inspiring landscapes.
The guides and customer experience we enjoyed leveraged their professionalism and in-depth knowledge of Kenya and Tanzania to put together the perfect itinerary to show case the two best countries in the world offering wildlife experiences. The luxurious Sopa Lodges were all located within or very close to the parks blending perfectly with the natural surroundings bringing wildlife close to you and making the whole wildlife experience very enriching. The service was outstanding with well stocked bars and excellent dining options at reasonable prices. There aren’t many bars and restaurants in the world in the middle of fascinating national parks to share exciting wildlife sightings and sunsets/sun rises over a bottle of Champaign or wine! Well trained and knowledgeable guides -Benjamin and Sumawe made a quantum difference bringing the whole experience to life with their knowledge, intriguing stories, flexibility and suggestions to make the most of our holiday. In Benjamin and Sumawe it was great to have a trusted friend by your side all the time attending to our comfort constantly throughout the safari. The custom made 4WD safari vehicles have been perfectly adapted to African conditions to afford the best possible viewing of wildlife and on board comfort including refrigerated water, power sockets, retractable roofs and very comfortable window seats for all. We were indeed sad to say goodbye to East Africa after possibly our best ever holiday, however we now have a permanent bond to East Africa as we adopted a baby elephant – Dupotto orphaned in the Masai Mara. We will be monitoring her progress through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and hopefully be back some day to see Dupotto get back to the wild and for us to discover more of East Africa
Noeline & Gehan