The First Hosted Safari

The First Hosted Safari - Female Cheetah in the long grass in Samburu, Kenya
Female Cheetah – Samburu

On our first visit to Kenya in November 2017, we could not have predicted how captivated we would become. We already had multiple safari trips to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana under our belts, so we thought we had a good idea of what to expect. But here we are, a little over two years later, eagerly awaiting our fifth visit, a hosted safari, with another planned for later in the year.

Our first trip was to the Maasai Mara for a straight 9 days where we stayed at the very new Zebra Plains Mara Camp. I blogged about it and in my last blog about the trip we had already started to plan another trip in 2018. In addition we had the opportunity to host a group in 2019.

A mere seven months later we were back and it was even better than the first trip. Already the Mara was beginning to take hold and we were hooked. I blogged about that trip, a blog that ran to nine posts. It also gave details of the hosted trip that had become a reality and would be our next planned visit.

The First Hosted Safari - Beautiful female Lion Mdomo in the setting sun over Topi Plains in the Masai Mara
Mdomo at Sunset

It didn’t work out that way though, we couldn’t wait that long and a trip in January/February was arranged. It was a special trip and produced four blog posts, but this time we didn’t restrict ourselves to the Masai Mara. We started out by having three nights in Samburu where we had some ‘firsts’ in the form of Reticulated Giraffe and Gerenuk. Moving on to Solio, we were after Rhino and weren’t disappointed. After three nights there it was time for the Mara and another great trip.

The First Hosted Safari - White Rhinos soaking up the afternoon sun in Solio, Kenya
White Rhinos – Solio

November soon came around and, for us, the long-awaited hosted safari where we had 5 guests booked in. Over the next few weeks I’ll blog about that trip including the add-on we had with two of our guests to the newly opened Zebra Plains Amboseli Camp.

The special offer hosted safaris are still on offer with two dates this year available at the 2019 rate. There are also dates available in June and November 2021 with a slight increase in cost. Full details on our African Safaris pages.

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