PR Account Manager Josie Self writes about her recent trip to Kenya…
As part of the Kenya Tourism Board UK team I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the ‘home of safari’ on many occasions, but after four years spent hosting epic press trips it was high-time I experienced the magic of Kenya on a personal holiday!
I thought long and hard about where to stay, in the end I couldn’t resist the brand-new Angama Mara in the Mara Triangle Conservancy and Kinondo Kwetu on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline for some post-safari R&R.
Here are my top four moments:
- ‘Out of Africa’ Bush breakfast
Angama Mara, suspended onthe Oloololo Escarpment looking down over the Mara Triangle conservancy, is quickly earning a reputation for having the most incredible views in the whole of Africa. The best way to soak up the surroundings is during a ‘Out of Africa’ Anagama bush breakfast with South African sparkling wine overlooking Mara plains – elephant and giraffe on the horizon and antelope trundling around you. Even better, the picnic chairs, blankets and cushions are set up on the mound where Robert Redford and Meryl Streep picnicked while filming ‘Out of Africa’ 30 years ago.
- Mara Triangle lions
During our three days in the Mara Triangle we spent time with four separate prides. From the seven youngsters working their way through an antelope with blood on their paws, to a couple of ‘honeymooning lions’ under a tree, it was such a treat to get up close and personal with the Kings and Queens of the jungle!
- Open-water Kayaking on the Indian Ocean
While I could have easily spent three days lounging in one of Kinondo Kwetu’s beachfront cabanas, the best way to beat the post-lunch slump was to drag a kayak into the Indian Ocean and jump inside! Once out on the open water we were able to do some gentle snorkelling above the nearby coral reefs
- Angama nature walk
As we visited during Kenya’s ‘Green Season’, the traditionally wetter months of March, June and November where brief tropical storms turn the plains emerald green, we woke up to beautifully clear skies each day and witnessed theatrical thunder and lightening in the afternoons. On our second day we took advantage of the morning sunshine and were guided through the bush by Angama’s resident Maasai naturalist John Peenko. On our walk John taught us how to tell the difference between cheetah and hyena paw prints, male and female giraffe hoof tracks and medicinal and poisonous plants