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Jenny’s Luxury Kenya Safari Experience

Jenny’s Luxury Kenya Safari Experience


Our educational trip was arranged and coordinated by well-known ground handlers, Cheli & Peacock, established in 1985 by Liz & Stefano Cheli, both professional safari guides. They have also established the Cheli & Peacock Trust working hand in hand with local communities as an important element of their conservation efforts.  Some of the lodges in the Cheli & Peacock Collection are owned by Liz & Stefano and some are privately owned by families whose lives have been embroidered into Kenyan history for many generations and I suspect will continue to do so for many years to come.

Our journey took us to the various following regions and lodges.

LEWA SAFARI CAMP - LAIKIPIA
OL PEJETA - LAIKIPIA
LOISABA  - LAIKIPIA
ELSA’S KOPJE – MERU, NORTHERN KENYA
JOY’S CAMP – SAMBURU, NORTHERN KENYA
SARUNI SAFARI LODGE - SAMBURU
KITICH FOREST CAMP - MATHEWS MOUNTAIN RANGE
COTTAR’S 1920s SAFARI CAMP    - MASAI MARA
ELEPHANT PEPPER CAMP - MASAI MARA
SARUNI MARA    - MASAI MARA
TORTILIS CAMP     - AMBOSELI
KINENDO KWETU - GALU BEACH, SOUTH COAST

Our last night was spent at the privately owned Emakoko Lodge which only opened earlier this year and is a very contemporary, modern and luxurious lodge across a small river on the boundary of the Nairobi National Park and is a mere 20 minute transfer from both Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.  The Emakoko allows guests an easy overnight option to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy.

Although we didn’t see much of park, as we only used the road to get to / from the lodge,  this park is apparently as wild as any of the other game sanctuaries in Kenya.  Though elephant are absent, the rest of the Big Five can be found.  Nairobi National Park is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and one has no idea that you are so close to vibrant city.

Our final visit in Nairobi en route to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  It is here that “A lifetime dedicated to the protection and preservation of Africa’s Wilderness and its denizens, particularly endangered species such as elephants and black rhino.”  Daphne has perfected the raising and re-integrating of orphaned elephants into the wild.  For any animal lover this is sure to be an emotional and humbling experience and is definitely well worth a visit and a donation to such a worthy endeavour.

It was then time to say “Farewell” to strangers who had now become friends before heading back to Johannesburg on SAA.

In conclusion, when I think of Kenya I will think of the happy smiling faces wherever we went, the willingness to be of service to ensure we had a good experience and, of course, the diversity of fauna and flora and the beauty of the land below us as we were being shuttled through the clouds from one great experience to another!  I would go back in a heartbeat as there will always be more to see and learn about this exotic African destination.
 


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