Adventure Camping in Kenya.
A personal journey.
From a big smile and welcome at the Nairobi airport pick up, an eventful five hour drive on the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway. An experience for a new visitor to Kenya as so much happens on, and by, the roadside, but that’s all part of the thrill. First destination-Selenkay conservancy.
Leaving the highway for the bush, a Maasai cattle driver’s roadblock.
Selenkay adventure camp, first safari base. In July the nights are cold!
The conservancy model uses parcels of Maasai farmland to develop and promote game rich areas for careful safari use.The land is rented, the income generated used for health, education and security of the local villages. Using their natural abilities, young Maasai men are trained and employed to staff the camps. Wilson is a Silver Star guide. His deep knowledge of nature is the bedrock of our guiding, his love of birds is legendary. It was a privilege to learn from him. Thank you Ole Kasaine.
Shining light on a chameleon. Our first night game drive. Later, in the gloom we watched young bull elephants sparring, seconds in attendance.
At the end of the day, a welcome sight.
Greeted by the children on a morning visit to a Maasai village.
Kilimanjaro view on a day in the wonderful Amboseli National Park.
Young cheetah waking up hungry.
The family assemble.
Line astern in the pool.
Nice to see you again.
Where’s the sunscreen Mum?
Now on to Ol Kinyei.
Masai Mara. The Great Migration.
First river crossing in the Mara.
Staking a claim in the Mara river.
Picnic lunch. The perfect site.
Storm is brewing.
Back in the conservancy our evening drive finds mum with hungry cubs.
An early morning breakfast for the kids.
So sad. It’s time to be leaving.
You must treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.
The brainchild of Jake Grieves-Cook, the Porini conservancies aim to encourage wildlife and benefit the Maasai communities, numbers are growing in Kenya, sensitively managed. Search for the #Gamewatchers banner. Encourage them. #epiXtrip