TRAVEL TO AFRICA'S MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Story By Lilly Langtry -- The famed Maasai Mara National Reserve to the West of Nairobi, capital of Kenya, is one of the best places in Africa to enjoy a safari experience. Adjacent to the Reserve is the Olare Motorogi Conservancy which boasts the lowest vehicle density in the whole Maasai Mara region whilst also being home to largest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. Once you have arrived in Nairobi, what are the best ways to achieve one of vacation travels bigger challenges – to see the big five in style; Lion, Leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Here are the best ways to truly enjoy the safari experience
WHAT TO SEE…
Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy has a strong research program based at the Tony Lapham Predator Hub, the flagship Mara Cheetah Project and Mara Lion Project have been at the forefront of predator conservation in the Greater Mara region for several years. The research and monitoring work contribute to both local and national strategies for protecting these magnificent predators, as well as conservancy management decisions. In addition, the Conservancy has a limit of 94 tourists at any one time staying on the lands.
WHERE TO STAY…
Mahali Mzuri (meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili) is a luxury 12 tent safari camp located close to the renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve to the West of Nairobi created by Sir Richard Branson. The camp itself sits within some 13,500 hectares of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and offers an ideal base from which to observe the outstanding natural beauty of the area. The tents are well appointed with a private deck and ensuite bathroom and can accommodate a total of 24 guests at a time guaranteeing an exclusive safari camp experience in the African bush.
WHERE TO EAT…
Providing a contrast with searching for the royalty of the African bush why not travel to the coast and enjoy some relaxation at the Alfajiri Villas. Dining is a rare experience and one to remember. Fresh seafood is brought daily to order from the beach and includes some of the best shellfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado and snapper. Our menus have a Mediterranean influence, salads and fresh vegetables come daily from local farms where fruits are hand-picked from trees and bushes.
HOW TO GET THERE…
Kenya Airways brings safari experiences closer for New Yorkers well versed with the Urban safari that is the Big Apple. Recently Kenya Airways inaugurated a direct flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport direct to Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi. At slightly under 7,400 miles and several time zones from New York the direct trip brings you into the capital of one of Africa’s leading nations within less than 15 hours. Scenic Air Safaris will then transport you in ultimate style aboard their Luxury Cessna Grand Caravan, flying low over the landscape past lakes of flamingos and wildlife quietly ambling through the plains below.
More info visit www.scenicairsafaris.com
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