I arrived back in South Africa about two weeks back after one incredible adventure.
I have traveled to Kenya many times in the past 2.5 years & these four destinations keep on blowing my mind;
- Masai Mara
- Lake Nakuru
- Lake Naivasha
These are the four destinations we visit during our 9 night Best Of Kenya Safari; previously known as the Big Cats & Tuskers Safari.
Why or how this is I have no idea...
Each time I host this particular tour it seems to top the experience of the previous one every single time. I say this again today as there were multiple moments during this past adventure that left us with jaws hanging, tongue-tied & "just embrace the moment" moments.
Astounding, this would be my word to describe the whole experience & I sure do wish this exciting adventure upon you all!
Please feel free to take a few minutes to watch the highlights image compilation below;
"Couldn't really ask for more from a photographic safari. As a host, Mike is excellent and anticipates the needs of group well in advance, to make sure that everything runs seamlessly. His is knowledgeable and friendly and very professional in his approach. He is a great ambassador for Wild Eye and takes opportunities to subtly promote other trips without it feeling like a 'hard sell'. I've travelled twice with him now, and would be more than happy to make it a hat trick!"
- Jane Rix
"When I decided to join February's "Best of Kenya" Safari (practically at the last minute) I was not particularly excited: Of course it would be a good safari since it is Wild Eye, and Michael Laubscher is a splendid guide/photographer-- but Kenya? That's covering familiar ground, good enough, I thought, but not exciting. How wrong I was! It turned out to be one of my best photo Safari experiences. First, the program: A well-chosen quartet of stays in radically different environments: Savanna ( Maasai Mara), highland lake ( Lake Naivasha), the transition between them ( Lake Nakuru) and finally, semi-desert (Amboseli). Having been in these environments, I no longer wonder why Kenya is so popular: Seemingly, it has everything. The lodges were well-chosen, and I remember how, after completing each stay, we wished we could have stayed longer! The routine was two game drives a day, during which Michael alternated between the two vehicles. He did a splendid job of giving us the benefit of his experience: From hard-core, nitty-gritty technicalities like best exposure and focal length to the finer points of composition. I feel that I have grown as a photographer as a direct result of listening to him. Of course it didn't hurt to be lucky, either: Spotting Tusker Tim, THE bull elephant of the Amboseli and spending time around him, witnessing a one hundred-strong herd of elephants rushing to their night lodgings at the Kilimanjaro foothills and silhouetted through their dust against the orange sunset...and there were other, more personal magic moments like wishing to see a black rhino in the wild and one appearing right away ( in the Mara!). And the season of silvery long grass in the Mara waving in the wind against the endless horizon-- pure poetry. I also liked the challenge of water bird photography on Lake Naivasha, and learned what NOT to do next time a fish eagle swoops down to fish! By the way, we heard ugly rumors that some guests wanted this stop to be eliminated. I hope it doesn't happen because the Sopa Lodge is the most splendid of all lodges we stayed in, and waterbirds offered us a brand-new new challenge. I am ready for next time!
"There are no words to explain how special this trip was for us. Not only did we learn a ton, we laughed and enjoyed they whole time! Michael went above and beyond to make it an unforgettable experience. Hands down Jimmy and Sammy deserve a huge thanks for being the very best drivers we could have hoped for. Wild Eye, thank you too!"
I do look forward to hosting you on what truly is the Best of Kenya & change the way YOU see the world!