My wife and I just returned from a 10-day safari in Kenya with Lion Rider. We covered everywhere from Samburu to Maasai Mara and places in between such as Lake Nakuru and Aberdare. This was not our first trip to Africa, although we've been to Tanzania and Kenya only and thoroughly enjoyed both. On this trip we were guided entirely by Johnson Mule, by our request. Six years ago, after visiting many sites in Tanzania and Kenya, with multiple guides, we felt that Johnson was our favorite by far and that was the reason for our request. Johnson is remarkable. I swear this man, besides being very personable and knowledgeable, must have amazing vision. When Johnson stops the vehicle you can tell by looking at him that he has spotted something. That something is frequently beyond our vision, even when I'm looking through a long lens. But he takes us there and sure enough, it was worth the trip. So many times he told us before leaving our lodgings that he was looking for particular wildlife, and he never failed to find them.
During this particular journey we encountered just about every form of cat living in Kenya, including serval, lion prides, families of Cheetah and Leopard. Pretty much everything on four legs, including black and white rhinos, hippos, two types of zebra, cape buffalo, multiple varieties of giraffe, elephants, all the animals of the Great Migration, inclujding wildebeests, and also crocodiles, pythons. I'm sure I'm missing a lot here.
And the wilds of Kenya have myriad bird species, including many cuckoos, grey crowned cranes, a variety of eagles and just way too many species and varieties of birds to name. Any birder would be in heaven in Kenya.
We certainly have seen the big five, rhinoceros, elephant, cape buffalo, lion and leopard, multiple times. On this trip, thanks to Johnson and Lion Rider, we saw much more wildlife, and saw them closer than we did on our last time in Kenya. It was truly awe inspiring, and I took over 3,000 photos to prove it. As with our last trip, it was just my wife, myself and our guide. For the difference in cost it is to well worth it. In our case Johnson always knew the best approaches and stopping points for the best photography. And traveling with Johnson is also a real education. He'll remain silent if that is your desire, but when asked you will find he is a fount of knowledge, and he is willing to share it. That's one reason why we requested Johnson Mule as our guide.
Lion Rider's choices of lodging were very nice. Not elegant, who needs that, you're on safari, but very nice accommodations with great food, rooms, and friendly staffs. One that we visited six years ago even remembered us when we returned and treated us like old friends. Great places to return to after evening game drives, and to break fast before the morning drives and afternoon drives.