From the last time I posted to today, I have managed to travel to few places but unable to share my adventures with you.
Before, during and after this trip I was not aware that Kenya has a variety of parks, reserves, sanctuaries and conservancies. Those 4 words have different meanings. In Kenya, a park is established by Act of Parliament and no human activity is allowed. A reserve, is owned by the community in that area; limited human activity allowed; and it is not managed by the central government. A sanctuary, is not established by Act of Parliament. A conservancy is established by individuals or groups of people for rehabilitating rescued wild animals. If you would like to know of the different national parks, national reserves, conservancies and sanctuaries in Kenya, can be found at: Kenya Wildlife Services
The journey began at 7:00am as we travelled from Nairobi to Shaba National Reserve.
Once on the other side of the gate, we were welcomed by Maasai ladies who were selling Maasai ornaments, which are usually good souvenirs. There were also reserve wardens that came to collect the reserve fees. The park fees for Kenyans per day was 500/= Kenya shillings. A sample photo of the receipt is below.
Off to the hotel we went! Reserves cover a big area, therefore we were assured to see some of the wild animals on our way there. Unfortunately, it was raining therefore we there were no animals to be seen. However, it was not a total loss, because we saw some primates when we reached the hotel.
After lunch and four o’clock tea, we headed out for the afternoon game drive. It was cool and the river had water, the animals must have been walking towards the waterhole or to their home.
Zebras + Gazelles + Onyrx
Some of the roads we were using during the game drive.
Some Shaba, Samburu birds
A picture break from all the beautiful animals
… and we are back!
The first two giraffes we saw. Very majestic in the way they walk.
It was almost 6pm and we had to drive back to the hotel. According to the reserve regulations, people, tour guides and tour vans were not allowed after 6pm.
The far we had gone
The next day schedule was: morning game drive at 6:30 am to 8:30am and afternoon game drive at 4pm to 5:45pm
That day, we saw more animals than we bargained for. Although some were of the same species.
Warthogs from afar
As the one at the top walked away from a distance, we managed to see the one below after a few minutes of driving around.
The tour guide managed to drive to the elephants direction and we got to take this shot. Isn’t it magnificent?
“Eh, get out of my way!” said the elephant
Elephants and Giraffes families
After a long and tiresome day of searching for lions, we managed to finally see a lioness from afar as she majestically crossed in front of us.
See how she camouflages with the dry grass and soil.
“Okay, tourists that’s enough of the shuttering speeds from your cameras.Last photograph then you leave now.” said the lioness 😉
After seeing the lioness, we all agreed that our game drive was complete. There is nothing better to finish off a safari than an outdoor dinner, thanks to the hotel.
Shaba, Samburu has gorgeous views especially early in the morning and late in the evening.
The adventurous reserve drive was worth the thousands of kilometres we drove. Whenever, you get time and finances, I would advice you to travel to one of Kenya’s national reserves, national parks, conservancies and sanctuaries.
As the sun set that evening, our adventure that weekend came to an end.
I hope you enjoyed the animal-filled safari. Have a lovely evening!