Now Reading
An Exciting Account of Travelling in Kenya

An Exciting Account of Travelling in Kenya

Wildlife? Well, what better place than Kenya. Thanks to the fact that we lived in Nigeria and my parents’ desire and passion for Travel, we made Kenya our first international travel destination!

Kenya Riddhi Bhattacharya

Kenya – December 2011
Age – 9 years

Point 1: Nairobi

Nairobi

In the chilly mornings of December, wrapped up in cozy sweaters and thick jackets, we landed in Nairobi, the capital city with the Kenyan Tourist visa stamped on passports and eyes yearning for the sight we long-awaited since we began planning for the trip. Nairobi was just going to be a pit stop for a night as the very next morning we were off to Masai Mara. As I tucked into the warm duvets of the hotel, I could barely sleep due to excitement for what the next day beheld.

Point 2: Masai Mara

Masai Mara Probal Bhattacharya

The next morning, we boarded our Canter and drove about a 3-4 hour drive from Nairobi to the Sarova Mara Game Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On the way to the reserve, I mainly accounted for the lack of sleep the last night and slept through most of the drive while listening to Masai music on the radio, until I was awoken by my mother to witness the herd of Wilde Beasts running alongside the canter. As I woke up with eyes sore from sleep and squinted, in the golden sunlight, I was mesmerized by the serene beauty of nature and wildlife.

The Sarova Mara Game Camp held a lot of surprises as I was so shocked to see how amazingly two beds, a chest (one that I tried to fit inside) and an entire bathroom fit into a tent. Sipping hot chocolate and nibbling waffles for breakfast, we took off the next morning at the break of dawn to experience Africa with all senses, to hear lions roar, to taste local food, to touch an elephant, to see the Serengeti, and smell the petrichor (smell of the environment after a rain) of Kenya.

From then on, we took a hot-balloon ride and 2 Game drives (dawn and dusk) every day for about 3 days I believe and we unraveled a journey of marvel, thrill, adventure, suspense. Discovering Masai Mara, to me is a test of patience, the test of patience to wait and witness the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, African Rhinoceros, African Elephant, and African Buffalo (we missed out on the Leopard but got to witness a Cheetah about an inch away). It is also a test of patience in terms of waiting and watching what exactly the animal would do, especially the Gazettes, Impalas, Deers, and Zebras – it’s breathtaking!

Point 3: Nakuru

Lake Nakuru

So, after Masai Mara, we drove down to Lake Nakuru for just a few hours as we had plans to visit and stay at Lake Naivasha for that night and the next day. Lake Nakuru, or as I called it back then – the Red Lake, is home to the flamingos and hippopotamuses. During the time of the year that we went, there were relatively lesser Flamingos but we got to see the most amazing combination I could ever witness.

There were herds of elephants and giraffes just walking around casually, minding their own business, and occasionally bumping against one another. Imagine seeing the world’s tallest animal and largest land animal in one scene, just casually grazing and walking around and you standing literally yards away from them….. That, my dear, is an experience…….

Point 4: Naivasha

Lake Naivasha Probal Bhattacharya

Funny story. This beautiful freshwater lake is prone to sudden storms, turning the water into a choppy swell in a moment. As a result, the Maasai people in the region named the lake Nai’posha, which apparently translates as “rough water.” British colonialists then misspelled the title, and as such it has become known as Lake Naivasha.

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire.

With life vests buckled and God’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the beauty of the lake. Incredibly, the Hippos were extremely calm and perfectly adept at minding their own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing is the sassiest thing you could ever witness!

Point 5: Aberdare

Hotel Ark Aberdare Riddhi Bhattacharya

Aberdare was the most thrilling part of the trip. So before going to Aberdare, we were asked to drop all our clothes and baggage at this storing facility, a couple of miles from the hotel we were staying at – The Ark. At The Ark, you had these really, tiny and cozy rooms where all you could afford to fit was 2 single beds and a bag on the bedside table. As Maa and I cozied up in a bed, I could hear crickets singing their tunes and a few elephants engaging in a battle, unknown of the scene I would wake up to the next morning.

The Ark is a house made of wood on the lodging area and glass on the area facing the game reserve. The hotel comprises three decks (like Noah’s Ark) from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen. So that you don’t miss any animal sightings, the night guard will buzzed our rooms when special animals came to the waterhole. It has four viewing areas for observing the ever-present animal activity. You can literally see elephants and rhinos battling one another while being aware of the fact that all that separates you from this wilderness is a thin sheet of glass.

In this intimate recess one can almost, but not quite, pat the animals, hear their sounds, and smell the aroma of the night. This is a magical corner, where there is close contact with the essence that tells of an unexplored Africa, and where, very often, the visitor may enjoy in the solitary state the beauty of it all.

Point 6: Old Pejeta

Old Pejeta Probal Bhattacharya

At Old Pejeta, we had the opportunity of seeing almost all the wilderness all over again – Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Cheetahs, Foxes, Hyenas, Ostriches dancing in the rain and what not! Yet, the most breathtaking part of Old Pejeta according to me was the night sky. Up till now, I have never seen a sky as clear and glittery as that in Old Pejeta. Shivering cold nights were warmed up by the intense radiance and gloriousness of the stars that lied above.

Point 7: Nairobi

Nairobi

Finally, back to square one – Nairobi. We spent about just 5 hours in Nairobi visiting a few zoos and museums, witnessing the urban culture and soaking in the last rays of Kenyan sunshine before finally leaving for the airport and unfortunately, drawing an end to this wonderful and epic journey of thrill, adventure, and wilderness.

Trip Rating:

Best Moment:

The nights at Old Pejeta

P.S: All picture credits goes to my father!


Check out more Travel articles at The Teen Pop Magazine!

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

See Also

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya Kenya Kenya Keny Kenya Kenya Kenya KENYA kENYA kenya kenya

At Lake Naivasha, we had a boat trip to make in the part of the lake inhabited by Hippos and I was scared to the bones to even enter the boat. Back then, at the age of nine, neither did I know how to swim nor did I have the build to escape a Hippo incase all went haywire. With life vests buckled and god’s name on my lips, I sat on the boat and calmed down for a while to absorb the be eir own business (except the occasional bumps on the bottom of the boat). Watching the hippos just sunbathing the sassiest thing you could ever witness! Kenya

Leave your vote

1.2k Points
Upvote Downvote
What's Your Reaction?
Excited
0
Happy
0
In Love
0
Not Sure
0
Silly
0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2021. The Teen Pop Magazine. All Rights Reserved

Scroll To Top

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.