That one time, we went on SAFARI in Kenya (!!!)

Disclaimer: this post is jam packed with photos. So sit back, grab a snack (or two), and let the photos load :) Or, you could watch the Kenya video I made HERE

We spent three glorious, life changing, breathtaking days on safari. Long enough to see almost as many of the animals as we were hoping, but short enough to leave us dreaming of going back on another safari again.

There are multiple game parks in Kenya, and we spent our time in Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.
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We highly recommend the safari company we booked through, African Memorable Safaris.

They took such great care of us and our driver/guide, Bonnie, was awesome. We drove around the parks in our own personal poptop van, and Bonnie who knew how to find the wildlife and was just as excited seeing the animals as we were.
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Best friends on safari! In Kenya! Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

Priya and Arpit, when we all met 11 years ago in HS chemistry class, did you ever imagine we’d be here one day? I love yooouuu. (Also, where are we adventuring next? Let’s start planning. Stat.)
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The “Big Five” are five big-game animals, originally coined by hunters as the most difficult game to hunt on foot, but remain as the most majestic, sometimes elusive, of the safari wildlife. We were fortunate enough to spot 4 of the Big Five.

1. Elephant!
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2. Water buffalo!
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3. Leopard! Chillin’ in a tree! (I wish I had a telephoto zoom, but alas)
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4. Lion (can you spot the two lions, staring out at the herd of zebras?).
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5. And rhino. We didn’t see any rhino, but that’s perfectly fine, because we saw SO many other incredible animals.

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So close to our van!
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And can we talk about dusk on the savanna? 
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For real.
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Zero editing done on these photos. IMG_2145
And then, there were our safari lodges. Totally incredible views, gazing out over the entire savanna, from our bedroom and dining area. I was absolutely blown away. It was gorgeous.

Oh hey, elephants playing in a water hole while we enjoy lunch…
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After lunch, we walked down to a (protected) viewing room just feet away from the watering hole to enjoy a closer look.
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Our second day, we were spoiled at yet another gorgeous lodge. Not a bad place to relax and read a little, eh! (PS. I finished Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing In The Rain, and I loved it. If you haven’t read that one yet, go out and grab it! You’ll love it.)

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Elephants at the watering hole during sunrise; the view from our bedroom balcony…
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See that eliminated tree trunk perch on the right side of the above photo? It’s probably only ~25 meters out from the dining room patio area.

Every night, the lodge would hang raw chicken to attract a familiar leopard who’d stop by for an evening snack. We just happened to be at there at the right time, and witnessed the leopard enjoying his meal, SO close to where we were standing. What a beautiful creature.
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We would go out for game-viewing drives in the mornings, relax at a lodge for lunch, then go out for more driving until sunset each day. I was on Cloud 9 the entire time. The whole experience felt like a dream.
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I’m the luckiest, happiest wife in the world because of you, Weez. I love that we share the same passion for adventure and travel. We could be anywhere in the world, and I’ll always feel at home when I’m by your side.
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Best travel partners, ever. Love these guys.
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This is an acacia tree, and those dark shapes hanging off the branches? Bat nests! I think acacia trees are like life-sized bonsai safari trees and I just think they’re so beautiful.

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We also visited the Mzima Springs, home to hippos and Nile crocodiles.

Eyespy a Nile crocodile hiding in the water?
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I don’t even know how to put into words how much I loved this trip. How much I loved being on safari. And Kenya.

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If I close my eyes, I can still feel the warm, dusty air on my skin and wind in my hair as we drive along the savanna.

So to all my friends who have “go on safari in Africa” on their bucket list, go for it! Like a wise man once told me, “you can always make more money, you can never get more time.” If you have any questions about our trip, please feel free to leave ’em in the comments below or shoot me an email (contact info above)!

The world is a meant to be explored! And Kenya is an awesome place to explore.

Asante sana, Kenya, asante sana.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Holly KN says:

    Looooooooooove everything about this. Especially the giraffes. <3 giraffes!

    I also love the little shout-out to Weez that you buried in there. You guys are so cute together, and I've never even met you. =)

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go add "African Safari Adventure" to my list of Places To Visit Before Babies. Because, you know, it's Asia, and all the Aunties want to know…

  2. misszippy1 says:

    What an incredible, amazing experience! I would absolutely love to do a trip like that! I adore baby elephants–seeing them in the wild would be over the top. I’m really happy you got to do this one!

    Loved that book.

  3. Jessica says:

    So freaking amazing!! These pictures are priceless … wow

  4. Ohmygosh just amazing. You and Weez are too cute!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Loved that book and loved your trip recaps :) You guys remind me of Scott and me when we were your age (huh, boy do I sound old!). However, we do not have Africa on our “done” list…yet.

  6. kaitwatts says:

    Incredible!!! What a trip of a lifetime! It’s on my bucket list and hopefully to be crossed off soon.

  7. Heidi Nicole says:

    Simply amazing! I was waiting for those evening photos! This is the part of Africa I want to see. I get uncomfortable in the cities on m own but this stuff…ooooh, some day!

  8. I am BEYOND jealous of your trip! These photos are amazing!!

  9. Maggie says:

    Wow! Your trip sounds unbelievable! Your pictures are incredible, especially the leopard eating the chicken (I love big cats!) and the pictures taken at dusk. My hubs and I definitely need to go on safari! Thank you for sharing all your amazing photos and experiences!

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