For my next travel adventure I was lucky enough to go on an amazing safari in Africa and then have a rest for a few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar.
I therefore needed a suitable hat for this excursion.
We drove to Heathrow Airport through the heavy traffic of the M25 and arrived at around 4.30pm . After getting through airport security we had a great dinner and did a bit of shopping.
Before long we were able to board our Kenya airways flight to Nairobi. The flight was a total of 8.5 hours and was a bit boring however I was able to have a meal and watch three great films!
We arrived in Nairobi at around 6am and got taken to Wilson Airport (a small airport which takes you to different places throughout Kenya. From here we waited 2 hours for our plane but after a short sleep it finally arrived. From here we set off to Loisaba, a small airstrip, half an hour away from Sabuk Lodge.
Sabuk Lodge is situated at the top of a hill and looks over the dry hills of Kenya with Mt. Kenya in the distance. From here we were meted and showed to our room, which was completely open and had a rest after a night of not sleeping because of being too excited on the plane. Then after dinner we slept to the noise of the river below roaring over the rocks.
The next morning we woke up really early to go camel riding.
When the tea and coffee arrived we were visited by some little weaver birds. One even sat on my head.
The camel ride was really fun but they were really high and wobbly! After about an hour riding we were told to get of the camels and were taken to a table which was for us – a bush breakfast! We ate then went back, on the camels, to the lodge.
After we came back we went swimming which I found great fun where I got super wet. Then we all went back and had showers and went to lunch which was a delicious cheesy pasta. In the evening we went to a samburu village. I really enjoyed this as I went to see a local School (which was nothing like the ones in England). We also made Elephant Dung paper with the Samburu people.
On the way back we stopped off at the river and saw a crowd of hippos. They were really big and very noisy.
The next morning we went on the camels again. We saw loads of birds and I found the nests where my Weaver Birds friends lived.
After lunch we had a swim in the river and rode down the rapids on a big rubber tyre which was great fun. I was glad to know that this was a different bit of the river to where the Hippos were so we were quite safe.
When we got home we even managed to play a bit of Ping Pong – I won of course.
We left Sabuk the next morning and headed to our next camp flying for about and hour – Leleshwa
I was told that we would be staying in tents in Leleshwa and I thought I knew what to expect. However our tent was a bit different to the one’s I was use to. It was huge and even had a bathroom and proper beds. This was good as there were Monkeys wandering outside – I was soon to find out that there were a lot more animals to think about.
The area around Leleshwa was called the Saina Conservancy. It was a huge area and we saw loads of animals.
On the first night we saw Wildebeast, Thompson Gazelles, Ostriches and one of my favourites Giraffes. We did look for elephants but it started to rain really heavily so we had to head back for dinner.
The next morning we went for a walk along the river with our lovely guide David. He showed us all sorts of things including Lizards and Frogs. We walked along and saw Zebra’s and those funny Wildebeest. Very close to our tent we found a dead Wildebeest. It had been killed the night before by Hyenas – I was really glad that we were in a good tent!
In the evening we went on a Game Drive. As we drove along we saw signs that Elephants had been passed, then in the distance we saw some Elephants. We drove along and before we knew it we were surrounded by loads of elephants. They were huge and really noisy.
The next day we went to the Maasai Mara itself. As well as some we had seen before we saw even more new animal such as Buffalo and Rhinos. However, my favourites were the big cats – Lions and Cheetahs.
I wasn’t so keen on the Crocodiles.
The next morning we went on our final game drive in Kenya. We stayed very close to the camp and I was amazed to see some of my distant cousins – Hyenas and Jackals.
We were very sad to leave Leleshwa after this, but were now off to the next leg of our adventure. After two flights and a stop off in Nairobi (where we have a lovely lunch) we arrived very late in the night in Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is an Island off the coast and is actually part of Tanzania. It is also known as the Spice Island and the birth place of Freddie Mercury from a pop group called Queen.
We stayed in a lovely hotel for five nights. Whilst we did have time to relax after the busy safari we also had great fun. On one day we went by boat to Prison Island. This had loads of huge tortoises to see, we then went to a Sandbank which appeared in the sea. We snorkelled for a while and then had a picnic on the beach.
On another day we went to a little sailing boat. I had been sailing with some cubs before so I was made captain. Everyone else seemed to get a lot wetter that I did!
The rest of our time in Zanzibar was spent relaxing either by the pool or on the beach.
Before we could fly home we had to return to Nairobi. This was a great opportunity as we visited a Giraffe Sanctuary and also the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
We very sad to leave Africa but we had the most fantastic experience. I really saw some very big animals in their Natural Habitat, but am really glad to be back home safe and well thanks to Libby, Georgie and Neil.