There is one place in Africa that stole my heart on our African trip and it’s Kenya. Today’s blog post is going to be my guide to Kenya and why everyone should take a trip to Mama Africa and visit Kenya.
Why visit Kenya
I have never been to Kenya before, it was my first time, so we decided to do just five days in Kenya which I regretted because it’s just not enough time to spent in such a big and special country, but those days were well spent for sure.
The Kenyan are fun, kind, educated, beautiful and very helpful. The city is very developed and some parts are not, but that’s the same for many countries in the world. Did you know that you can take the Uber in Kenya? Yes and it’s very cheap too. See Kenya is not that expensive and you can easily live there for 5 months with $2000 or less. The best part is living in the beautiful and peaceful nature.
What to do In Kenya
There is so much to do in this beautiful country, again we didn’t have enough time but it was still an amazing experience. I planned the trip back in California to make it easy for us, also being from Africa made a big difference. We stayed in Nairobi for the 2 days and 3 days in Masai Mara.
We stayed at one of the beautiful Ngong trees houses in a residential area in Nairobi. The tree house is not a hotel, they are real houses that are rented out to people for a year. I was able to rent it for 5 days. Our home is located in the Langata area, walking distance to the giraffe center and the Nairobi National Park. At night we could hear all the animals, which was such a great experience to be living so close to the animals. We had a monkey sleeping under our tree house at night and he made so much noise at night but it was easy to sleep since we’re tired by the end of the day.
We ate at two places only because it was easy and the food was so good. Our tree house home had a restaurant nearby and we would also walk a few minutes to eat at the News Cafe which is where most people in the area go to eat, drink and meet up. I called it the Beverly Hills of Kenya and you will see why if you ever visit.
We did a lot of walking in Nairobi, day and night and it was very safe. I had to run from monkeys on the road and hanging in the trees a few times but they didn’t care for me, so I had no idea what was going on. Were so close to the National Park but we didn’t visit because it breaks my heart to see wild animals in such small space. I did visit the giraffe center while in Nairobi because it’s more than a zoo, the animals are treated nicely and are well taken care of. Also I simply love giraffes. We spent the rest of our time discovering the city and eating, which is our favorite thing to do when we travel.
This is my favorite part of the trip in Kenya, the Masai Mara. If you know me, you will know that I’m the biggest animal lover and I love to see them in their natural home. Masai Mara is rated as the world’s best park for a Safari. 75 percent of the park is in Tanzania and is known as Serengeti National Park.
We stayed at one of the most beautiful camps and it’s called Kilima. This camp has so much to offer from a spa day, to game drives (Safari), great food etc. You can get a deal that includes two Safari drives a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We really didn’t have to worry about anything because it’s all included and taken care of. Make life easier for yourself when you travel. The camp is so close to where all the giraffe pass by everyday, we would see them all the time and just imagine me crying inside to touch them just one time but unfortunately you can’t. They are wild animals and you are not allowed to do so. Also the home to so many zebras, we would see them so close to us while walking to our tent. The animals are not aggressive so we were told not to worry.
What we did
Everyday we would go to the park and we would see something different. I saw giraffes, zebras, lions, deer, African elephants and more. There were animals getting killed and eatied in front of us, as the hunting between animals is constantly a reality. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I couldn’t believe I was this close to lions and they just looked at us and did nothing. Our driver Martin was kind and took us everywhere to see all our favorite animals and how they reacted and live with each other. What I did learn was, only the strong will survive in the animal kingdom and the women will follow the strong men hahaha.
There is so much to do in the park, we did a hot air balloon ride over the park, which was amazing. We also took a boat around the river in the animals kingdom and had lunch while washing the giraffe walk by. It was a dream come true and very beautiful. For a moment I had to put my phone away to enjoy magical moments such as a large group of Elephants crossing the streets right in front of us. It was peaceful and brought so much joy to my heart to see all these animals not being locked up in a Zoo, but being free. It might not be an easy life for them but they were living just like you and I in their natural state.
Our trip ended with a visit to the Masai village and meeting and speaking with the women and learning about their culture. They were so kind and asked me to dance with them and I got to see how life is outside America. The Masai people didn’t need any of my help, they were happy with making their own fire even if it took them sometime to do so and the women build the houses while the men were out taking care of the animals.
Overall, this trip opened my eyes to so many aspects of life and how to appreciate what I have. Travel does makes you a new and different person. The next time you’re planning a vacation, try Kenya or one of the many beautiful African countries.
Thanks for reading.