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On The Incredible Plains Of Kenya (PHOTOS)

Posted: 08/29/2012 12:30 pm

Often when it comes to African safaris where does one start? Which reserves have the best game, taking into account the variety and concentration of wildlife too? Which lodges best suit your needs and the wild, yet comfortable experience you are looking for?

Choosing your wild escape to the plains and bushveld of Africa can be mind-boggling, however all of our African Travel Designers know which reserves, lodges, specific game experiences and the logistics to deliver exactly the safari and African adventure to suit your time, tastes and interests.

In fact, Alex has recently returned from tour of Kenya's most prized reserves and lodges, and has presented his discoveries in the slideshow below.

His verdict on how Kenya differs from other African safaris: "Kenya is just so wonderfully diverse, not just in its intense variety of game but in its culture too. I encountered many different tribes from the Maasai to Samburu peoples, all mostly living as they have always done, which you don't get everywhere in Africa. Also for the traveller on a strict schedule and the distances needed to cover sometimes, Kenya is so easy to travel around."

See Alex's Kenyan wildlife and cultural encounters here:

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  • Ellies in the Chyulu Hills

    My lodge at the <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Place/168/chyulu_hills&tab=Map" target="_hplink">Chyulu Hills</a> had an excellent Elephant hide just near the waterhole, allowing me to get up close to these bull elephants.

  • Up Close with the Ellies

    Even knowing you're safely in the hide, it's a humbling experience to get up close to these wonderful creatures.

  • Cycling to the Sundowner

    Time to take a breather whilst on my bicycle safari through the plains and up to the coppice for a better view of the sun setting.

  • A Well-Earned View

    A well earned sun downer cocktail and spectacular view after the bicycle ride.

  • The Most Beautiful Giraffe

    The rare and rather beautiful reticulated giraffe in the <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Place/171/samburu&tab=Map" target="_hplink">Samburu Reserve</a> .

  • Long-neck Gazelles

    These beautiful Gerenuk are well known for standing up on their hind legs to eat the leaves higher up on the tree.

  • Gazelles and Oryx

    The Thompson's gazelle and oryx mindfully keeping a watchful eye on us in the <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Place/171/samburu&tab=Map" target="_hplink">Samburu Reserve</a>.

  • Camel Trekking, Samburu Style

    Camel trekking in the arid <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Hotel/562/sasaab_lodge" target="_hplink">Sasaab reserve</a>, a more tranquil way to get to our sundowner spot.

  • Samburu Sundowner

    A stunning sunset over the dry, arid landscape of the Samburu.

  • Inside One of the Samburu Homes

    I was allowed inside one of the Samburu Huts, where a whole family lives inside. Despite being a cool morning, a little fire inside keeps them very warm. A humbling experience.

  • What Are You Looking at?

    When a giraffe notices you, you are always given this slightly quizzical look!

  • Herds of Rhino at the Solio Reserve

    As I enter the <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Place/223/solio_private_reserve&tab=Map" target="_hplink">Solio Reserve</a>, an amazing reception... herds of rhino!

  • Lions of Solio

    We found this contented fellow and a friend of his guarding a buffalo kill (they'd already filled up earlier).

  • The Lion King?

    Amazing how the most ferocious of the big cats can be so relaxed with us so close, rolling on his back to give himself a good scratch.

  • Black Rhino

    A rare treat! The endangered (and very shy) black rhino with her calf. You can tell the difference between the black rhino and the white rhino, not by their colour but by the shape of their mouths. The black rhino has a pointed mouth adapted for eating foliage whist the white rhino has a flat mouth for grazing.

  • A Very Different Woodland Glade

    A more different landscape from the Samburu would be hard to envisage but this is just a short plane hop away in the lush <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Place/223/solio_private_reserve&tab=Map" target="_hplink">Solio reserve</a>.

  • Baby Rhino

    Rhinos galore! Here we managed to spot a very young calf just a couple of months old.

  • Bush Walk

    Taking a stop during a bush walk with the trackers in the <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Hotel/562/sasaab_lodge" target="_hplink">Sasaab Reserve</a>, an exhilarating way to enjoy Kenya's magnificent outdoors.

  • Cheetah in the Mara

    Down to the <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Place/176/maasai_mara&tab=Map" target="_hplink">Masaai Mara</a> and I was lucky enough to see this beautiful cheetah in the long grass on my first game drive.

  • Cheetah Cub

    And alongside mum we found her cub, a real treat.

  • Classic Mara

    A classic Mara scene late in the day as the giraffe trek across the plainss on my final day in <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/kenya/tours/" target="_hplink">Kenya</a>. For inspired, tailor-made travel and luxury safaris to <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/kenya/tours/" target="_hplink">Kenya </a>and Africa, please send us an enquiry or call us direct: +44 0 20 7562 8288(UK) or +1 866 610 1533 (US) (toll free) <a href="http://www.jacadatravel.com/Africa/" target="_hplink">http://www.jacadatravel.com/Africa/</a>


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http://www.jacadatravel.com/Africa/

 

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