Started with excitemet... and enthusiasm, as I was visiting the 1st National Park in the African Sub-continent. We hired a taxi at 8am from our service-apartment near Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel and negotiated for 2,500 KES(To & Fro + taking the ride on the same vehi inside the park).
First thing that strikes you, as a foreigner, is the entry fees. One they charge higher curr conv rate, and second, they dont even given a single pamplet or map for the fees they take. It doesn't seem like they were too interested in welcoming us to the park. They have maintained well especially the drive way... we went to the historic Ivory Burning site, and saw the Nairobi city landscape at the backdrop. We also carried few bottles of water, and soda (Coke/Fanta), as we knew it might be costly if you buy at the shop inside the park. Carry some fruits, chocolates and snacks, if possible.
We saw few Giraffes at a distance... did not have Binocs... best to carry one to spot animals at a distance. We were told that there are lot of snakes, Pythons & Cobras. We saw some Wildebeests and Ostrich at a distance. Our search for the other animals, went for almost 3hrs, but in vain. We lost our way in between and exhausted fuel as well... our driver did not have money, and hence did not fill his tank. Learning: Fill the tank at your own cost and settle the taxi, after adjusting that amount. We were struck for almost an hour, as our driver had to go on a passing tipper truck to get few litres of petrol. He was helped by the Park Ranger service, who were really kind and helped him by dropping back at our location.
Try and speak to the Park office to make a reservation on a guided tour in an open jeep. That will work out to be better, unless you take someone who is more experienced and been there before.
While it was a failure from the point of view that we could not encounter the Big 5 animals, the best part of the trip was to be lost in the wilderness, which was so wide open and close to the nature.
Entry Fee - USD 40 @ 87 KES per USD per Adult person (No separate charges for any video equipment)
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