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Why not visit Ol Malo, Kenya

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Last October Angie visited Kenya and one of the places included on her travels was Ol Malo.  In Angie’s opinion this is one place that should be part of everyone’s bespoke itinerary to Kenya and this is why..

 

1. By Helicopter, through the eyes of a bird
Nothing beats soaring above beautiful Kenya. Within minutes you could be enjoying a view too staggering to imagine and only the winds of gods whispering around you. Or with a morning to explore, you could be miles from civilization passing over awe inspiring scenery, catching Nile perch for lunch, watching pink flamingos swarming below you and even if you were to take the same trip over and over – every day is different. On the last day of 2016 guests saw a melanistic serval cat leaping across a river.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo

 

2. Between two ears
All levels of riders from kids on leading rein, beginner adults, happy hackers to 3-day eventers enjoy moving un-noticed among the wild herds. Gently, or at speed enjoying the sure footed-ness of a Kenyan homebred, guests can watch towering giraffe browsing above you or elephant through two pricked ears. Horseback has to be one of the best ways to explore Kenya. Add in an Ol Malo Nomad horse safari and you’re alone in the wilderness, your belongings on a camel, traveling by trusty steed and living life as a Nomad.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

3. On foot, through the eyes of a Samburu
Work off those 3 course meals… follow a bouncing Samburu stride! Stop tripping over those rocks like a town clown and learn to weave in and out of ‘wait a bit’ bushes like a London-er walking down Oxford street in rush hour. Feel that adrenaline rush as you climb a rock and watch peaceful elephant families rumbling below you. Learn about stitching ants and the tracks of last nights’ visitors on the path.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

4. Sitting treetop height – riding a camel!
Swaying at treetop height, no need to concentrate on your footing on the back of a camel. Appreciate their character and hardiness and get close to the game. You can even see lion’s from camels!

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

5. 4 x 4
Of course vehicle is always an option, but lets do them Ol Malo style viewing from the roof seats and add in a night drive…Lately lots of aardvark have been spotted!

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

6. From your balcony or lounging by the pool
Take a break, whilst sipping your morning tea or an evening sundowner scan below you … You can see all sorts from our vantage point on the cliffs, standoffs between elephant and wild dog, cattle and elephant sharing the water trough, good things come to those who wait.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

 

 

 

 

If this sounds like a place you would like to add to your own bespoke Kenya holiday then contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

We are here to offer you first hand knowledge and expert advice.

 

 

Northern Kenya Safari

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Kenya is the birth place of safaris as we now know them, although they originally had hunting in mind.

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Northern Kenya Safari

Kenya is the birth place of safaris as we now know them, although they originally had hunting in mind. Hemingway wrote movingly about his experiences here and many other famous people have safaried in Kenya over the last century. So perhaps if you are thinking of setting out on your own safari, then the following itinerary will give you a varied and interesting trip.

Day 1: Nairobi
Day 2: Samburu National Park
Day 4: Aberdaire Mountains
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park.
Day 7: Masai Mara
Day 10: Depart Nairobi

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Kenya is the birth place of safaris as we now know them, although they originally had hunting in mind. Hemingway wrote movingly about his experiences here and many other famous people have safaried here over the last century. So perhaps if you are thinking of setting out on your own safari, then the following itinerary will give you a varied and interesting trip.

There is a perception that Kenya safaris are too crowded and the experience spoilt by the volume of vehicles around each lion, cheetah or leopard. This is not a wholly undeserved reputation, but like everything in life, you get what you are paying for. We can take you to places where there is a very good chance that your wildlife encounter will be unique, the camp site having less than a dozen visitors and the view and food second to none in Africa. Give us the challenge of finding the best value for your hard earned money.

Day 1: Nairobi

Stay overnight the city, either in one of the many iconic hotels, or perhaps at a camp site in Nairobi National Park to get your safari started.

One night Nairobi

Day 2: Samburu

After breakfast you guide/driver will pick you and drive north to Samburu National Park. This afternoon, take a first game drive in the Park. Samburu is fascinating in that it is on the edge of two types of terrain – the dry semi desert of the Northern Frontier District and the lusher country around Mount Kenya. Because of this, it is home to some rare and different animals, such as Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk and Reticulated Giraffe. The Uaso Nyiro River runs through the Park supporting the wildlife and home to pods of hippo and good sized crocodiles.

Two nights Samburu with game drives morning and afternoon.

Day 4: Aberdare Mountains

Drive back to the Aberdare Mountains for a different type of wildlife experience. Hopefully Mount Kenya will be clear making an excellent backdrop for photos. The afternoon and evening will be spent checking the wildlife that comes out of the forest to drink and feed in the open area. After an a good meal you can either continue watching the floodlit waterhole or retire to bed and ask the nightwatchman to give you a knock if something you particularly want to see (leopard, wild bush pig or elephant for example).

One night Aberdare Mountains

Day 5: Lake Nakuru

Today, drive in to the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake here is famous for having up to 1 million greater and lesser flamingos feeding around its edge at different times of the year. With another 450 species of birds in the Park, this is a bird enthusiast’s dream. However there are plenty of mammal species to be found here, with good numbers of white rhino and the much more rare black rhino.

Two nights Lake Nakuru

Day 7: Masai Mara

The next destination is the world famous Masai Mara with its open plains and riverine woods. At the right time of the year, the plains are teeming with wildebeest and zebra as they migrate from one part of the Serengeti to the Mara and back again. If you are here for the migration, you will have the chance of watching the hectic and traumatic river crossing by the ungulates. You have a great chance of seeing the Big cats here and also good numbers of elephant. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded here with almost 60 raptors included in this number. A wonderful way of seeing the wildlife here is to take an early morning balloon ride across the plains and finish the experience with a champagne breakfast when you land.

Three nights Masai Mara

Day 10: Nairobi

Drive back to Nairobi for the onward or homeward journey. Alternatively, fly down to the Kenya Coast for a few days of relaxation, snorkelling or diving.

Giraffe Masai Mara

Credit Peter Ellis

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Credit Peter Ellis

 

Lake Turkana

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Where to start! There is nothing like the thrill of seeing big game in its natural environment for the first time.

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‘Wow, wow and wow – the Masai Mara during the migration was something we will never forget’

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