Kenya Safari – Our Adventure (1 of 4)

Searching for wildlife on safari
Thanks for joining our Kenya Safari blog post. We’ll be covering our amazing Kenya Safari on this blog post (across 4 separate posts). We were extremely excited to start our Kenya Safari adventure. It had been on our bucketlist to experience a Kenya Safari for several years. On the way, we stopped in London for a few nights as a layover from Chicago.  Once we landed in Nairobi, we knew this was going to be an amazing experience.

The First Part of the Trip

Nairobi – Boma Hotel

We had a private driver arranged for the transfer from an airport our hotel.  Our driver was amazing, as he quickly provided some nice background on Kenya & Nairobi. Most trips include a night in Nairobi before moving along to the safari portion. Our first stay was at the luxury hotel, Boma Hotel! It was a 10 minute ride from the airport. We entered the beautiful lobby and received a warm greeting from Sheliah and Margeret at the front desk. Our room was extremely modern and spacious (especially in comparison to London). The bathroom was spotless with a large soaking tub and rain shower. Perfect to relax after a long flight. We had a couple of local Tusker beers at the hotel and connected with the free Wi-fi.

Amboseli – Tawi Lodge

We made our way from Nairobi to Amboseli.  Our departure and landing were both the smallest airstrips that we’ve ever seen!  We landed though without of any issues thanks to our amazing pilots.  
Kenya Safari to Amboseli
Puddle Jumper to Amboseli
 
AirKenya Pilots
AirKenya Pilots
  The first thing we noticed were the amazing views of Mt. Kilimajaro. It was simply stunning to see the mountain in the backdrop.
Mt. Kilimajaro
Views of Mt. Kilimajaro
  We loaded up our our Jeep and took off for our first safari. Philip (our driver) gave us a thorough history of the area and pointed out various wildlife. The area is of course known for the Elephant population, so we watched hundreds of elephants roam around the park in their natural environment. It was an amazing sight to experience.

A couple of things we learned about elephants

  • More than 300 elephants are born per year in Amboseli park
  • Elephants eat 21 hours our of the day and sleep only 3 hours
  • There is only one type of elephant in Kenya – African Elephant
  • Travel in families
  • Young elephants are carried for 22 months
     
African Elephant Family
African Elephant Family
Amboseli Elephants Going into Forest
Amboseli Elephants Going into Forest
 
African Elephant with Egret Friends
African Elephant with Egret Friends
 

Other wildlife that we viewed in Amboseli

Masai Ostrich
Masai Ostrich
 
Common Zebra
Common Zebra
 
Wildebeest
Wildebeest Grazing

Last but not least, our favorite tree that we saw often during our trip.

umbrella thorn acacia tree
Umbrella Thorn Acacia Tree

And let’s not forget about this guy that we found!

Scorpion
Getting Help to Remove Our Scorpion Friend
  Overall, we had a great experience the first few days of the trip.  Our stay at the luxurious Tawi Lodge was much more than we could have imagined. The meals (fresh passion fruit, warm rolls, homemade potatoes, fresh fish, crepes, etc), service and amenities (spa service, open air lounge/bar, freshwater pool, etc) were all perfect.    
Tawi Lodge
Tawi Lodge
 
View from the Lodge
View from the Lodge
We were now ready to head to our next adventure.  After loading up our 11 passenger plane, we were headed to our next stop at Kicheche Laikipi.   Make sure you follow our next blog post to enjoy that adventure! As always, feel free to comment below with your feedback and contact us if you need any help planning!  

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