Saurabh Sathe recently visited Africa for a two month long sojourn. He visited a host of National Parks in Kenya and the pristine beaches of Zanzibar in Tanzania. He shares his experience of road tripping through exotic Kenya with this detailed story. Look out for the amazing wildlife shots. See more of his work on his Instagram here and his Facebook here. Hope you enjoy this real travel story!
His experience in his words:
Africa is a trueblue land of wildlife abundance and tall nice people! The big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo) as they are often quoted on Nat Geo and Discovery channels are called so, since it was extremely difficult for the Masai people (the tribals) to hunt them down with their age old techniques. Though the african continent is rapidly appearing as a leading destination for tourism and trade on the global scale, it still leaves a lot of scope for development.
The landscape of Kenya is skewed to 99% of the population residing below the equator which divides the country into exact half’s. The 3 major towns of Nairobi, Mombassa (Goa of Kenya) and Kisumu hold large chunks of the population. The major places of interest for wildlife enthusiasts being Masai Mara National Park, Hells Gate National Park and Amboseli National Park to name a few. The Masai Mara National Park attracts lakhs of visitors every year to witness the migration of wildebeests and zebras who cross the mara river into Kenya from Tanzania in search of food.
We began the day early at 5:30 am and Peter was prompt enough to let us know a day in advance about the travel plan for next day. We had a cup of coffee/tea and we began our first game drive of the day.This view sipping the tea was mesmerizing:
Within 5 mins we had spotted African elephants greeting each other in a spectacular way. Such sights actually made the trip worthwhile!!
A bunch of Hyenas had been smart to steal a kill from a cheetah and they were having their tummy full early morning…
This huge gathering of African buffaloes scared us off till hell, only for peter to calm us down!!
Eagle on top of a tree:
1 hour into the drive searching for the leopard and cheetah, Peter suddenly received a message on the wireless and he rode faster than a cheetah to the location. We successfully narrowed down a pair of cheetah who were on the lookout for making a hunt of the gazelles.
We then continued our game drive and could spot a lioness hiding behind the bushes near the impalas. We went back to the hotel around 9 am the afternoon was spent chilling by the poolside. Our 2nd game drive for the day at 4 pm was again a routine spotting of elephants and giraffes. This time we could spot a hippo outside the river (rare spotting). The night was young until 3 am with a bonfire and some friendly banter with colleagues.