My husband and I are planning to travel to Kenya in July or September 2019. Looking for recommendations to see the Big 5 and to visit an elephant orphanage.
Hi, I just came back from Kenya and Tanzania. The elephant orphanage is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The babies come running in for their bottle fed formula- We are all behind ropes in a big square. We could reach out and touch a baby when it walked by, we didn't (in my experience) get to go up and have any personal interaction because they will be reintroduced back into the wild so minimal contact with us. Fun to watch their bottle feeding and romping and sheer exhilaration of playing in the mud.
I would recommend visiting the Giraffe Center (Nairobi)- I got kissed by big Edd, great photo op.
We saw rhino at Lake Nakuru but at a distance. Must stay on roads, no 4 wheeling around to get better/ up close views. (5 of them in 2 different places)
We did not go to Masai Mara which I had heard wonderful things about- it just wasn't on our itinerary. No rhino at Ngorongoro crater or on the Serengeti- not to say they aren't there, we didn't see them.
On a side note: Botswana- Rhino are only on Chief's Island so we didn't see them on that trip since Chief's Island was not on our itinerary. almost 2 years ago
Your trip sounds really exciting, Kenya is a stunning country. Honestly, it's hard to choose a specific area to visit but hopefully you can go back more than once. The Laikipia plateau is one of the most diverse wildlife areas and has some great conservation initiatives to check out (as well as the Big 5). The Masai Mara is also famous for catching the Great Migration and the horseback safari is not a bad idea. A company like Timbuktu Travel is really great for creating a trip that has everything you want in it. Even if you’re not quite sure, they have a lot of know-how to share and can help you choose between all the options. Check out this link to all their info on Kenya - https://www.timbuktutravel.com/country/kenya-safari. I hope this helps! 12 months ago