As many of you know, if you follow me on Social Media you would have seen that last month I went volunteering in Africa, on an island off the coast of Kenya called Lamu. The entire trip was full of incredible experiences and I can’t put into words how fortunate I feel to have witness and experienced some of the things I did while in Africa. I have created a series of posts talking about everything I did while out there, from itineraries, to the animals, to volunteering with the children, to rescuing baby see turtles.
Before this trip I had always dreamt about going on a Safari but it wasn’t something I thought was going to happen anytime soon. When we booked our flights to Kenya, I had no idea we would be going on a Safari, the original plan was simply to fly out for two weeks to Lamu to volunteer with a beautiful charity called One Day Yes. A couple of days before leaving for Africa, P told me that his parents had booked for us to go on a Safari! I couldn’t believe it I felt incredibly fortunate and couldn’t wait for the trip to begin. We spent two nights and three days exploring two beautiful parks.
We landed in Malindi airport, and were greeted by our tour guide: Stanley, who made us feel completely welcome from start to finish, and his depth of knowledge about the animals, made the trip an incredible learning experience too. During our two night stay, we slept in two different lodges: Voi Safari Lodge in east Tsavo & Ngutuni Lodge in West Tsavo.
Tsavo parks are named after the river that flows from West to East, and covers a vast 13,750sqkm. Both lodges were absolutely stunning with incredible views over the wildlife, practically felt like you could touch them with your hand. The food was absolutely insane, with a buffet style service, serving all traditional African dishes as well as grilled meats, fish and vegetables, let’s not forget the fresh bread and pastries in the morning.
And that’s of course without even talking about the animals! I had quite a few ‘pinch-me’ moments across the entire trip, as soon as we entered the park we were greeted by a beautiful family of elephants, a third of Kenya’s elephants like in Tsavo. From there for the next few days we continued to spot, elephants, antelopes, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, we even witness a live kill, which Stanley pointed out he had only ever seen five in his thirty year career as a Safari guide. I have to admit it wasn’t the nicest thing to witness, a family of lions hunting and killing a baby buffalo, and I couldn’t stomach meat for quite a few hours after this.
It was truly unforgettable seeing all the animals in their natural habitat, seeing them in front of you with no cage, or barrier brought joy to my heart and I’m incredibly grateful for having the chance to tick this off my bucket list.