Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 5 - The Safari Ends

Did you miss the earlier parts of my Honeymoon Diary series? Catch up here

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Today was our last day on what has been a fantastic adventure. We again had a 5.30am start, which was the cause of much confusion and disorientation to Boy when the wake up call came a-knocking. He somehow fought his way through the mosquito net, into a table, sharp about turn face first into a wall, then couldn't figure out how to open the door. It was very funny!

After a cup of coffee, we went out for our game drive. Yes, before breakfast! We watched the sun rise, and on the whole we didn't see all that much.

We did, however, get challenged to a duel by a herd of elephants. Titus had to rev the engine to scare the bull off. Have I mentioned how big wild elephants are? Let me tell you, the bull of a herd, especially up close, is frighteningly massive!

On our way back to the lodge, we encountered a gazelle sitting in the middle of the road that evidently had absolutely no desire to move. It just sat there for ages, with us completely at its mercy - until it did eventually get up and saunter off.

By the time we made it back to the lodge we were all ready for a hearty breakfast, before checking out and setting off on the 3 hour drive back to Mombasa. On the way back, we stopped at a curio shop we visited on Saturday. We had a good look round and agreed a price on a wooden elephant. The shopkeeper originally asked for 3500 Kenyan shillings, but we talked him down to 1100 KSh. That's around £9.

Once we arrived back at the Voyager, we were given a new room, number 2123. This room overlooks the sea and is right above the Fun Pool.

After a quick shower and change of clothes, we went for a light lunch and relaxed by the pool. Several hours and a dip in the adults-only Infinity Pool later, we headed back to our room. I had a nap, and Boy unpacked for the first time since we got to Kenya.

Dinner had a Swahili theme tonight, and there was no chicken on offer so I ate beetroot, lettuce and chips. Boy tried a few different things but was disappointed there was no exotic meat on the menu. We had a quick drink in the Sports Bar, but all the early starts have caught up and we haven't made it past 10.30pm so far on our honeymoon! Hopefully a good sleep tonight will allow us to become party animals!

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

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Our Kenyan Honeymoon Diary Part 4 - Safari Day 3

It seems to have been such a long time since I posted our honeymoon diaries! In case you missed them, you can read the previous entries here, here and here. Right then, on with part 4!

Monday 21st March

Last night we didn't have a good sleep at all. The lodge was full of creepy crawlies and flying things, and neither of us settled well. Or at all, really. Typically this was the first place we've encountered that didn't have a mosquito net over the bed! I spent the entire night petrified of dozing off in case one of the many gigantic moths in our room decided to come and attack me, or some other bug. This morning we discovered this morning that the others all had the same problem, one of the couples even had a frog in their room!

Things picked up after we checked out. Straight away we saw a giraffe, and the real excitement of the morning was when we saw a cheetah! I'm slightly disappointed to say we didn't get a photo of it - it moved so fast!

We saw plenty of other animals as we drove through Tsavo West National Park, and we stopped for a while at Shetani Lava Flow.

We continued on to Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, where we had lunch at Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge. The grounds were beautiful, and we spent some time watching all the lizards scuttling around.

After another couple of hours on a game drive - which included seeing a lioness and two young cubs, and a crocodile in Bura Dam (which was a first even for Titus!) - we checked into Sarova Saltlick Lodge. This is the one we were most looking forward to, and it hasn't disappointed. The huts are on stilts, and we are in a room facing the watering hole which we also immediately saw two herds of elephants and a giraffe come to drink from.

Before dinner we went up to the bar and tried a Bubbly Baboon - a cocktail containing vodka, Baileys, coconut milk and chocolate. The food here is was the most appetising of the lodges, and the least invaded by moths and flies.

Tomorrow is another 5.30am start. We are going on a game drive at 6.30am (before sunrise!) before returning for breakfast, and then we will head back to Mombasa.

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