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
Fly Delhi – Mumbai – Nairobi; night at airport hotel in Nairobi.
Fly Nairobi – Mombasa; drive to Diani beach from there. Check in at the Mzima House.
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.
Fly to Nairobi, and transfer to Savage Wilderness Camp on the Tana river.
Whitewater rafting on the Tana river enjoying the rapids, birds and animals.
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.
Fly to Nairobi for a tour of Fairview Estate for a coffee educational and tasting tour. Flight back to India at night.