Off to Kenya – With an Eleventh Hour Itinerary | Wildlife

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After years of planning and anticipation, I finally left for Kenya. On October 27, 2015 to be precise. But not before uncertainty till almost the last minute.

I was invited by Kenya Tourism to write about the country’s attractions. After an in-principle approval for my trip, it was a little over three months before I finally took off. We exchanged a fair number of mails about my itinerary, but I got the final one only at the eleventh hour – literally. It came in at 11:00 p.m. – just when I was about to sleep off to be up for a flight to Kenya the following morning. I was all set to leave not knowing what I would be doing in Kenya.

Was I worried? No. From what I know, no matter where I would be going, I would be in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Without ever being there, Kenya has been my dream second home for years. And I was dealing with Grayling, Kenya Tourism’s PR agency – I knew my itinerary was in good hands.

And what a surprise I got – my itinerary beat my own expectations. While I will share what exactly I did and where in the following posts, here is a glimpse of what was planned for me. Stay tuned – there is more to follow.

My Itinerary for the Trip to Kenya in October 2015

Day 1
Fly Delhi – Mumbai – Nairobi; night at airport hotel in Nairobi.

Day 2
Fly Nairobi – Mombasa; drive to Diani beach from there. Check in at the Mzima House.

Days 3-4
At Mzima House. Activities during my stay included:

* Glass bottom ride to the reef to fish and snorkel.
* History trip visiting Fort Jesus and old Mombasa town.
* Visit the Snakeman – more on this later.
* A traditional village dance performance.
* Feed the giraffes at Haller Park, Mombasa.

The following were suggested too but could not be covered:

* Visit to Kaya sacred forest where the Digos, the original residents of Diani area, would go to pray and offer sacrifices.
* Day visit to Shimba hills to enjoy nature.

Day 5
Fly to Nairobi, and transfer to Savage Wilderness Camp on the Tana river.

Day 6
Whitewater rafting on the Tana river enjoying the rapids, birds and animals.

Day 7
Fly to Naboisho Ol Seki airstrip in Masai Mara. Check in at Porini Mara Camp for night drive, guided bush walk and sundowners.

Days 8 -9
Check into Porini Lion Camp for day and night drives, guided bush walk and sundowners.

Day 10
Fly to Nairobi for a tour of Fairview Estate for a coffee educational and tasting tour. Flight back to India at night.

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