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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2015, 11:23:28 AM »
Amazing TR, can't wait for the rest!!!

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2015, 02:37:54 PM »
Unbeleivable! Can't for the rest

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2015, 03:39:12 PM »
I love this stuff. Living vicariously through the forums. Keep it up and thank you..

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #33 on: July 21, 2015, 09:50:34 PM »
Part 3

We had to be up early on Friday to catch our flight out from the Loldia Naivasha airstrip which is about a two hours drive away from camp. The first part of the drive was done on the same roads we used a day earlier to get to the lake. We then turned right and went off-roading. Iíve never experienced such a violent drive in my life. It was bumpier than a camelís back. Thankfully thought, it only lasted half an hour.

We arrived at the airstrip and waited for our plane to arrive. Our scheduled departure time of 10:15 came and went and there was still no plane in sight. We were in Africa after all, and thus the realization that the possibility of the plane not showing up at all was real and that we may be forced to develop alternative Plans for Shabbos.

Our fears evaporated when a few minutes later a gleaming airplane came in for a landing. Flying time would be twenty five minutes to the Masai Mara Oleski airstrip. It was nice to experience a plane making a special pickup just for you. The gate was locked, so we had to wait for the gate keeper who arrived by bike to open the airport.


Our gate


First class lounge


He loved his toy


Our ride


Check-in


Upon arrival in Masai Mara, we were greeted by our safari driver, Scentura, who would drive us the 45 minutes to the grounds of Encounter Mara where we will spend the duration of our trip. We chose this camp because of its location and size; there are only 10 tents. It sits in the Mara Naboisho conservancy. They only allow a select amount of people and vehicles visit a day in order to preserve the wildlife. This allows for the guides to get really up close to the animals and give you the best experience, whereas other safaris are simply congested with traffic. Additionally, the moment you leave the camp you are already in the wild. Some of the other options we looked at would have required a 25 minute drive just to exit their premises and reach the perimeter fence.


Our guide on the inside and spotter on the outside

After dropping off our things, we went out for an afternoon drive. We let our guide know that we needed to be back by 5:00, so our drive would a bit limited. We were pleasantly suprised by how much we would get to see. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and had great skill in finding the animals.










Wildebeest


Buffalo


Lappet faced vulture






We let the staff know that we would not be able to go out on a drive the next day, but we happily took up on their offer to go out with an armed guard for a walking safari. They obviously steered us clear of any wildlife which wasnít a bird. We learned a lot about the environment and the culture.

We gave them a pan of food to warm up before Shabbos. I even brought a bottle of wine with me which I totally though would break en route. They set up a table right outside our tent with a warm fire. There are no words to describe how amazing and beautiful our Shabbos was.
 


We met a very nice non Jewish family on Shabbos afternoon. They were very knowledgeable and knew a lot about Judaism from growing up and we spent many hours discussing various topics.
 
I am not yet done!

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #34 on: July 21, 2015, 10:08:26 PM »
Could you discuss a little about the costs of all these lodgings that you did?

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2015, 10:19:05 PM »
Amazing TR

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2015, 10:58:14 PM »
Mods can move this elsewhere if this is not an appropriate spot, but I thought it was relevant:

I just recently finished watching David Attenborough's Africa. Highly recommend it. All I can say is that Africa (the continent) is pretty amazing, and the series captures some truly stunning wildlife.

Here's the intro/trailer:


This guy has the first 3 episodes uploaded to youtube, shouldn't be too hard to find the rest online.


Thanks!

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2015, 10:58:42 PM »
amazing, and in the end maybe contact info for all?

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2015, 11:11:00 PM »
Amazing TR! What are you shooting with? The bird pics are really nice!

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2015, 11:27:20 PM »
Thank you! I actually purchased the camera, a Sony DSC-HX400V right before the trip. I don't know anything about photography. I figured I'd learn along the way.

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2015, 12:51:06 AM »

Our gate


First class lounge

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2015, 12:56:54 AM »
Yup. I laughed.
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Re: Kenya Safari TR
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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2015, 08:12:49 AM »
Awesomely awesome TR! This kind of trip is something I've always dreamed about. One day...

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Re: Kenya Safari TR
« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2015, 08:24:38 AM »
Awesome. Thanks for sharing