Kenya, what a gem!
If you dream of going on a safari in Kenya and yearn for an authentic cultural experience, like we did -then read on.
In addition to the glorious wildlife, we also wanted to experience the people of Kenya and learn something about contemporary and traditional African culture. Happily, we were introduced to Sameco Tours, a small company that offers personalized service. We had a wonderful, customized excursion that took us from forests and fishing villages, to savanna and seashore, in complete comfort and safety, with our fabulous driver/guide, Muthui. From big cities to small towns, and the countryside, we covered almost every part of Kenya, at a reasonable price, in 12 days. Our accommodations ranged from tented camps (with the best food) like Acacia and Sweetwaters, and lovely lodges (with the best vistas) like Keekorak, Naivasha, Mara Sopa and Voi, to a luxury hotel on the Indian Ocean called Whitesands. On our game drives, we saw the Big 5 Plus (lions, leopards, lizards, rhinos, cheetahs, kudus, crocs, amazing birds, hippos, hyenas, hyraxes -everything!)
Our tour included visits to special places off the beaten path such as the Osienala Environmental Centre in Kisumu, that has a radio station, fish hatchery, science and crafts museum. When shopping, we went to quality craft shops where part of the proceeds go to humanitarian causes as well as to the artisans. We also went to some of the well known museums and cultural centers, such as the Bombolulu Workshops and Ngomongo Villages in the east, and Kit Mikayi in the west -where we joined in a welcome dance with a troupe of local ladies. On our school visits, we spoke with teachers and met children who enjoyed the educational and recreational supplies that we'd brought, while we learned three Swahili songs and greetings in six African languages.
In short, we had a warm African welcome and we highly recommend a Kenyan safari.
Big thanks to Sam and Anderson for making it unforgettable!
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