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Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Member Name: linann
Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Advantages: Beautiful, amazing wildlife
My husband and I spent awhile debating our honeymoon destination as he hates beach holidays whereas that is my ideal holiday! In the end we decided on doing a safari as it is something that I have always wanted to do, and I am very into my amateur photography.
We decided on Kenya as we were going in September and the migration was due to be in Kenya around that time (although it does vary a little from year to year).
We first went to Amboselli which was very dry because of the drought, and then flew to Il Moran (the smallest of the Governor's camps where Big Cat Diaries were filmed) in the Masai Mara.
We took a light aircraft directly into the Governor's Camp own landing strip and were picked up by a vehicle from the camp. There are scheduled flights into many different strips in the Masai Mara depending on where you are staying. Beware that some aircrafts have a weight limit of 15kg although our bags didn't actually get weighed.
As soon as we flew over the Masai Mara both of us thought that this was exactly how we imagined safari to be - the land was lush and green with thousands of wildebeest and zebra dotting the landscape.
The camp was very intimate with only 10 tents, and only 6 were filled. It very much caters for honeymooners and other couples. Little Governor's and Governor's are next door and are slightly bigger and cheaper. All the Governor's camps are in the Masai Mara national reserve itself, some of the other camps lie in concession areas around which I think have good game viewing, but if you are going in migration season then you really want to be in the reserve itself. The food was amazing and the tents were very luxurious with huge wrought oak beds.
There were 3 game drives a day - morning (starting at 6am), afternoon and evening. There were a lot of other activities as well.
The very first game drive we saw three cheetahs kill a wildebeest - it was amazing! We saw plenty of game such as wildebeest, zebras, topi, and we saw four out of the Big Five - lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo - the only one we didn't see was the rhino. The Governor's camps have several prides of lions living just outside the camps, as well as Shakira from the Big Cat Diaries who we saw with her three cubs.
We also did a walking safari which focused on smaller animals, trees and plants. It was a bit scary because the leader was carrying a gun!
We did an amazing sunrise balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast and game drive. The balloon ride is not actually that high and my husband who is scared of heights loved it.
Things to note - you need travel vaccines including yellow fever and malaria tablets before you go. Kenya takes US dollars and you actually need more than you think you would do because of all the tipping that goes on. Nairobi Airport is also a bit of a nightmare - we had to queue for ages to get our Kenyan visas which you can get on arrival.
Definitely worth doing!
Summary: An experience of your lifetime
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