Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 2 - The Safari Begins!

Did you catch Part 1 of our honeymoon diary?

Saturday 19th March 2011
Today was the first day of four on safari. We checked out of the Voyager at 6am (which is 3am in real life - early!) Our guide is called Titus, and seems a canny* enough bloke.
*canny is a regional term here in the North East. It just means he seems like a good man!

We are safari-ing with 2 other couples. One couple is also from the North East of England, and one from Yorkshire. How bizarre that we have ended up with people from our native counties! After 2 hours on the road, we arrived at Tsavo East National Park. Here, we negotiated a price on some safari hats, and had our picture taken next to an elephant skull.
Then our adventure began! We drove for a good half hour before spotting our first animals: 3 warthogs, drinking from a pond.

Not much further along we came across a herd of zebra, which looked so much bigger than the ones you would see in a zoo!


Later in the morning, off in the distance, we saw a group of elephants. This was our first "Big 5" spot.

After a couple more hours, and more elephants, zebra, and some gazelle and a giraffe, we arrived at our first lodgings: The Ashnil Aruba Lodge.We were handed a cold wet towel to wipe our dusty faces and we checked into room 217.

We were surprised and thrilled to find a letter from the manager thanking us for staying with them on our honeymoon, and they even threw in a plate of fresh fruit. The view to the rear is truly spectacular; zebra grazing on the plains.

After a quick lunch, a shower and a power nap, it was time for a late afternoon game drive. It was 2 hours long and we spotted quite literally hundreds of elephants. We also saw more giraffes and zebra as well as a few ostriches, monitor lizard, mongoose and a whole host of colourful birds, baboons, impala, guinea fowl, and most impressively four lions and a hippo. The hippo didn't take too kindly to having to share its pond with some elephants!

One of the most spectacular moments of the day came when a herd of elephants crossed the road just a couple of metres from our van. In a zoo, elephants are big. In the wild, they are enormous!

When we arrived back at the lodge, Titus gave us instructions to be ready for 7am, so we planned to eat, shower than go to bed. However, this plan was disrupted by a need for first aid from the nurse for me after a scalding incident with some boiling soup going all over my hand. Like it's not hot enough already, I now have burns all over my hand.

Ready for more? Part 3 - including a Maasai village and Mount Kilimanjaro - will be up soon!

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to Living for the Victories**

5 comments:

  1. Wow - I find it so interesting that the wild animals are bigger than the animals in captivity! I love zoos, but there would be something so spectacular about seeing them in their natural habitat. Can't wait to hear if you saw any more of the big five! It is a dream of mine. Your poor hand!! And on your first day of your honey moon too :(

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  2. Ah! GREAT photos! I am going to Zambia next month, and I hope I get to see as many animals. What a wonderful honeymoon it looks like you had!
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  3. This safari looks so nice! We went to the Kruger National Park last year and it was also such an awesome experience. I saw Lions for the first time in the wild! They are quite sneaky and hard to find, but we did. But elephants stays one of my favourites, and rhino of course. What are your favourites?

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  4. This looks awesome! What a great honeymoon spot!

    Thanks for linking up with us today!

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  5. What an amazing experience!!!

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