/ kɛnjə /
Locally known as God’s resting place, this African country is where one meets life expressed in its simplest and fullest
This is our first safari. We didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t know anything about Kenya. Luckily, Kenya showed us more than we could have hoped for.
We spent most of our time in the Masai Mara, home to the semi-nomadic Masa(a)i people in southern Kenya. Famous for the Masai Mara National Park, one of the most spectacular safaris, the area was alive with wildlife and home to the Great Migration.
We stayed at Offbeat Mara and it was a great choice. The camp is a member of the non-for-profit Mara North Conservancy (MNC), a private 30,000 hectares of the north-western zone of the Masai Mara. This means only guests staying at member camps can experience game viewing in the area. For us, it was great to enjoy pretty much private viewing of all the walks of life in the Mara. For the Maasai people in the MNC, it means they are compensated fairly for the use of their land and their increasingly fragile ecosystem is protected.
The safari experience was amazing and surprisingly busy. We would wake up at the crack of dawn (literally) and go out to see the animals waking up for the day with an African sunrise.
I am more of a sunset person, but the African sunrise is stunning. The sky is soaked in beautiful colours and is accompanied by the uplifting sound of the plains – birds are singing, lions are ruffling against the golden grass, the Mara is alive and ready for another day.
In our jeep, we saw the circle of life unfold before us. A kill of a Thompson’s Gazelle by a lioness, a mother and baby elephant embrace each other, a giraffe gracefully having lunch, hundred of wildebeests trying to cross a river, a group of happy hippos bathing in the river… the experience was humbling and true. Everything seems to be in the right place. The meaning of life seemed clearer than before.
Top tip: stay in the Mara North Conservancy (MNC) for an exclusive and sustainable experience
For old school African luxury, stay at Richard’s Camp.
For understated luxury, Offbeat Mara camp is the way to go. Kilani is a great big cat spotter!
If you are more of a Serengeti type of gal/boy, check out the most stunning and sophisticated camp in the area Singita
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