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17 photos of what it’s really like on a Kenya safari

written by Christina Campo March 13, 2019
Kenya safari

A Kenya safari was one of those things that had been on my bucket list forever, but I wasn’t sure when I’d get around to it. When I thought “African safari”, I pictured fancy lodges with elegant beds draped in mosquito netting that I might be able to afford one day.  

Turns out, there’s more than one way to safari. Intrepid’s 8-day Kenya Wildlife Safari was everything I was looking for: it was about a week long, affordable and promised wildlife sightings aplenty. Although if I had a bit more time and money, I would have loved to do the 15-day Masai Heartlands trip, which goes into Tanzania, or the 8-day Kenya Safari Under Canvas trip which is a similar itinerary but the accommodation is nicer (think glamping instead of camping).

What appealed to me about all these trips was that not only do you get to spot animals on safari, you also get to spend a day visiting a Maasai village and experiencing their culture.

On my safari in Kenya, I discovered a love of (amateur) wildlife photography and an even deeper love for Africa.

Here’s what a Kenya safari looks like in photos:

Lake Nakuru

three zebras in lake nakuru national park on a Kenya safari

Our first wildlife spotting in Kenya

flamingos in lake nakuru on a Kenya safari

Flamingos in Lake Nakuru National Park

a rhino in the grass of lake nakuru national park on a Kenya safari

The reason we visit Lake Nakuru: rhinos!

Lake Naivasha

hippos in Lake Naivasha and people behind them on a boat on a Kenya safari

Hippo spotting on Lake Naivasha

a woman standing next to some zebras on a Kenya safari

Walking safari in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

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a group of men and women walking through a valley on a Kenya safari

My group walking through Hell’s Gate National Park

three traveller walking through a gorge on a Kenya safari

Hiking through the gorge in Hell’s Gate National Park

a man wearing a shirt that says "you will leave your heart in Africa" on a Kenya safari

Our chef, Nyamu, and his very wise shirt

Loita Hills Maasai Village

a group of women dancing in a circle on a Kenya safari

Dancing with the Maasai women

RELATED READ: HOW A TRIP TO KENYA’S MASAI MARA CHANGED MY LIFE

a woman throwing a spear as a Maasai warrior looks at her on a Kenya safari

Throwing spears with Maasai warriors

a young boy jumping as high as he can next to a group of men performing the jumping ceremony on a Kenya safari

A young Maasai boy practicing for the adamu, the Maasai jumping dance

READ MORE: WHY A VISIT WITH THE MAASAI PEOPLE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY KENYA TRIP

Masai Mara National Reserve

a giraffe bending over to eat some grass on a Kenya safari

Giraffes are my favourite

two elephants scratching against a tree on a Kenya safari

Elephants are a close second though

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fives cheetahs walking through long grass on a Kenya safari

A group of cheetahs prowl across the Masai Mara

two female and one male lion lies in the grass on a Kenya safari

Seeing a pride of lions lazing in the grass was one of the coolest highlights of the trip

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a leopard eating a freshly caught gazelle in a tree on a Kenya safari

But the best part was seeing a leopard, the most elusive member of the Big 5

sunset over the masai mara on a Kenya safari

Saying goodbye to the Masai Mara National Reserve

Want to experience a safari in Kenya for yourself? Check out our Kenya Wildlife Safari trip.

(All photos by Christina Campo and taken on Intrepid Travel’s Kenya Wildlife Safari)

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3 comments

Christina July 27, 2019 - 9:31 pm

I am a hobby photographer, but your photos Christina are wonderful capturing all that I imagine to be the African Bush in a very natural way. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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Ana Katrina Lopez March 31, 2019 - 2:25 am

Lovely photos Christina! Definitely proof that a Kenya safari is amazing. I mean it’s one thing to read about it but to also get a visual aid of what lies in store for me is a welcome addition. People always have told me that Kenya would be a great experience for a safari adventure. There’s just so much to see and do there and not only game drives but other activities as well. I heard you could even take a hot air balloon ride and see the vast landscape from an aerial view. Wouldn’t that be an experience to try?

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Karin Allan March 16, 2019 - 6:08 am

Such an awesome amazingly wonderful trip! Love the photos Christina.

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