Our safari began in the city where we met the other three participants: Wanda, a lawyer from Canada, and Ina & Ann, psychology graduate students from Denmark. We traveled with a carefree safari guide and a creative chef who cooked satisfying meals over a campfire. We were responsible for setting up our own tents and Tedd quickly made friends with the girls who were thankful for his help.
On the first day, we crossed the equator and spent two nights gameviewing at Samburu National Park. This was our most favorite game reserve. The abundant green trees and curved pathways made gameviewing awe-inspiring. It was nothing short of exhilarating to see elephants, zebra, reticulated giraffe, gazelle, lions, and more up close for the very first time. Samburu is also where we first met monkeys and baboons – sometimes closer than we were comfortable! One morning when we were eating, it began to “rain”…you guessed it! A monkey was sitting on a branch above us and let loose! Tedd was very thankful that he had agreed to all of those pre-travel shots after all!
On day three, we drove along the Great Rift Valley to the Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its abundant bird life including thousands of pelicans! Days four and five were spent in the Masai Mara where we camped in an area guarded by colorfully-adorned Masai warriors. On day six, we traveled to Lake Naivasha where we enjoyed a walking tour of Crescent Island – a privately owned island on which parts of Out of Africa was filmed. There, we saw a giraffe family with a smushy-faced newborn, just seven days old!
We are still thanking God for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see His creation on the untouched Kenyan plains.