Highlight in Mombasa
Wow – what a fabulous trip!
On our recent trip to Kenya my partner and I knew that we couldn’t leave without going on safari. We did our research before flying out and came across a highly recommended company called JT Safaris (Julius Tact safaris). We arranged to meet Julius himself whilst in Mombasa and he informed us of what the safari would entail.
Having already agreed the details of our 2-day safari in Tsavo East with overnight stay at Voi safari lodge, we were picked up form our beach hotel in Mombasa at 6.30am by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic driver Ferdinand to start our unforgettable safari.
After a long drive (and ferry crossing) we arrived at the gates of Tsavo East around noon. Within half an hour of entering the park we had already seen warthogs, antelopes and elephants but nothing prepared us for what was about to happen – coming across a pride of lions taking an afternoon snooze just a few feet away from our van. We stopped for about 20 minutes and were able to watch these lions sleep and then wake up and all happening so close – an absolutely amazing experience.
Our first game drive lasted until early afternoon when we stopped for lunch and checked in at the Voi Safari Lodge. During your lunch you will be able to relax and see animals at the two water holes that the hotel overlooks. You can also take a swim whilst looking at the animals – truly fantastic!
At 16.00 we started our second game drive which lasted until the early evening when we came back for dinner and overnight at Voi Safari Lodge. Ferdinand continued to fascinate us with his in-depth knowledge of both the animals and the park and we were lucky enough to see giraffes, elephants and zebras on the evening drive.
Dinner was great, and there was plenty of it, so we were happy to get an early night after a long, but hugely satisfying day. But not before having a couple of drinks on the terrace with the most amazing views of both the savannah and the herds of elephants coming to drink at the watering holes beneath the lodge – spectacular. Two tips for those thinking about visiting – bring plenty of mosquito repellent and keep you windows locked (the baboons know how to open windows and will do so at any given opportunity – trust us on this one!).
After another early start (mornings are good for safari as the animals eat most when the dew is still on the ground) Ferdinand took us on another drive before we returned to Voi for breakfast and check out.
There was still plenty of time for one final drive though Tsavo East before we started our journey back to Mombasa. Once again Ferdinand knew where to take us and we saw more giraffes, elephants and antelopes as well as buffalo and much more.
On the edges of the park we stopped for lunch and were able to reflect on an amazing adventure and one that we’re sure we’ll never forget.
We would definitely recommend JT safaris to anyone visiting Kenya.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Type||Culture / Sightseeing, Outdoor / Adventure|
|Suitable for||Families with children, Travelling solo , Special occasions|
Last updated on 19-07-2012