This is my entry into the Trips100/Audley Travel blogger challenge #AudleyBloggerChallenge.
Please note, all photographs were taken by myself, and remain copyright of Snapshots by Etelka.
Kenya, Africa. An amazing country, with beautiful smiley people and wildlife I have only seen before on television. They say you either love it or hate it. I am absolutely in love with the place. I call it my spiritual home.
On my first flight over to Kenya I have to admit it, I was a bit nervous. What will it be like, will our trip goes smoothly? You hear so many stories, good and bad that it makes you wonder. Well I should not have worried.
On arrival at Yamatta Kenya airport we where met by our driver to take us to our hotel for an overnight stay, before our onward journey to Maasai Mara National Park.
Flying down to the Mara is a lot quicker, but we had decided to take a road trip. You can see so much more of the countryside, driving through little towns and villages, watching people go on with their everyday life. Halfway down we stopped at the Rift Valley look out for a rest, and we watched baboons playing on the main road. Crazy things they are.
Our stay at Tipilikwani Mara Camp was superb. The tented Camp next to Talek river had no electric fencing, so the animals could walk freely through if they wanted. According to our guide the leopard liked to visit the camp at night, so after dark we had Maasai Warriors to escort us back to our tents. Daytime we had lots of little Dik-Diks grazing between the tents.
The game drives where just amazing. We have seen all the wildlife we hoped for and more! The only one eluded us was the leopard, but knowing that he could have walked by our tent was quiet thrilling.
We have seen elephants, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, fearsome crocodiles, zebras fighting and lions mating. The cheetah family who played around the wagon next to ours have entertained and enthralled us beyond believe. Did you know that the most dangerous animal is the buffalo, as they kill most people and a group of giraffes called a tower?
My best and most memorable photo was taken on our final night. Leaving the park the sun was setting on the horizon. We stopped to admire the beautiful sky with dazzling colours. And then just right on cue, with animals grazing in the distance another safari wagon drove past a lone tree. That image of the perfect day will stay me for ever, and just wish I could go back to find that elusive leopard.
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