OUR FAVORITE PARTNER CARDS

New 60,000 points offer. Terms apply.

50,000 bonus points

Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -020Natalie and I have only been on our trip for 36 hours but we’ve already seen so much, it’s mind-blowing. It’s surreal to wake up in the bush of the Masai Mara in East Africa. My trip began when I met my wife in London’s Heathrow Airport; I had been in Southampton for the naming ceremony of Royal Princess. We flew together on for just under eight hours to Nairobi. Just as advertised, a Micato guide was waiting for us the moment we stepped off the plane and like all of their clients, we didn’t have to wait in the passport line.
Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -038

We drove 45 minutes to Hemingways Nairobi Hotel (more on that later) for just a few hours of sleep before getting up early and flying 40 minutes out of their domestic airport to the Mara. I was relieved that the flight was smooth and all of my fears (malaria, small planes, having an asthma attack in the middle of nowhere, getting attacked by wild animals…) disappeared the moment we landed.

Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -039We were greeted by the staff of the with champagne and orange juice, cold towels and warm smiles. They had a number of vehicles for our large group (we are on a press trip) and they took our bags directly to the lodge, which has 12 luxury tents on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River. We all piled into the safari vehicles for our first game drive. We didn’t have to go far to see the first of the Big Five (which are elephants, African buffalos, rhinos, leopards and lions) as an old elephant was grazing in the field near the Olkiombo Airstrip.

Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -054The drive to the lodge usually takes 45 minutes but it took us two hours as we kept stopping to see the wild game. The highlight was seeing two cheetahs taking shade under a bush. The drivers are forbidden to interfere with their daily life but they are allowed to drive up fairly close to observe and take some pictures for a few minutes. FYI: The Masai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve with an area of 1,510 square kilometers. Inside is the Olare Orak a 33,000-acre conservancy. There are five lodges with a total of 94 beds (the maximum capacity allowed in the conservancy). Our guide says there are about 40 leopards, 400 lions, 70 cheetahs and over 2,000 elephants within the reserve. And those are just some of the incredible animals visitors can expect to see.

Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -084When we arrived at the lodge, we were greeted by a Masai dance, more cold towels and a very tasty tree tomato drink. The lodge has free Wi-Fi in the main tent. When you go on a Micato Safari (and pretty much every other company), everything is included – all meals and drinks (except usually the real high-end, premium drinks). Our bags were already in our tent, which has electricity, the biggest bed I’ve ever seen, hot water and a ceiling fan. It’s hot during the day but cool at night; they put hot water bottles under your covers to keep you warm.

Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -087The camp is not fenced in so everyone needs an escort to and from their tents at night. The biggest predator is the hippo, which kills more people than any other animal, though of course, as long as you do as you’re told, you needn’t worry.

Micato Safaris Kenya Africa Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 2013 -083After lunch, we went on the afternoon game drive and spotted a leopard! It was amazing. On the morning drive, we saw the granddaddy, the lion and eight of his cubs. I’ve included a selection of my photos so far. Hope you like them!

Good to Know: Interested in going on a safari? We have partnered with Cruise Planners which is a top rated travel agency to help plan your perfect trip. Contact Mike Gelman (1-800-724-5868) and tell him Hundredbacklinks sent you.

LHR-NBO on BA
LHR-NBO on BA
Over Africa!
Over Africa!
Flying to the Masai Mara
Flying to the Masai Mara
Olkiombo Airstrip in Masai Mara
Olkiombo Airstrip in Masai Mara
Air Kenya
Air Kenya
Welcome champagne
Welcome champagne
Cold towels
Cold towels
Modern day Masai
Modern day Masai
First game drive
First game drive
Safari Vehicle
Safari Vehicle
Shooting wild animals
Shooting wild animals
Impala
Impala
Impalas
Impalas
They can all get along
They can all get along
African Buffalo
African Buffalo
Zebra
Zebra
Cheetah's lounging
Cheetah's lounging
Cheetah in the wild
Cheetah in the wild
Mongoose in Masai Mara
Mongoose in Masai Mara
Micato Safaris Kenya Africa
Micato Safaris Kenya Africa
Hippos in Masai Mara
Hippos in Masai Mara
Elephants in Masai Mara
Elephants in Masai Mara
Leopard on the prowl in Masai Mara
Leopard on the prowl in Masai Mara
Leopard's tail
Leopard's tail
Leaopard in a tree in Masai Mara
Leaopard in a tree in Masai Mara
Leaopard in a tree in Masai Mara
Leaopard in a tree in Masai Mara
Leaopard in a tree in Masai Mara
Leaopard in a tree in Masai Mara
Leopard on the prowl in Masai Mara
Leopard on the prowl in Masai Mara
African Buffalo
African Buffalo
Run!
Run!
Lilac-breasted Roller - Kenya's National Bird
Lilac-breasted Roller - Kenya's National Bird
Baboons
Baboons
Lion in the Masai Mara
Lion in the Masai Mara
Cub in Masai Mara
Cub in Masai Mara
Giraffe
Giraffe
Giraffe upclose
Giraffe upclose
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara room
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara room
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara giant bed
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara giant bed
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara bathroom
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara bathroom
A lion and her cubs
A lion and her cubs
So cute!
So cute!

 

Hundredbacklinks

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Rate this post

0 Comments On "In Search of the Big Five on a Micato Safari in the Masai Mara"