KENYA AND TANZANIA ARE… DAWN FLIGHTS AND DUSK IN FIERY MOUNTAINS
Think safari and it’s likely you’re picturing Kenya. When wildebeest tear across its valleys and giraffes amble through the savannahs, it’s a sight that lives long in the memory. But if you’ve already experienced the classic Serengeti or Maasai Mara game drive, there are other ways to see this wildlife rich jewel.
To travel in sky-high luxury, nothing quite beats a helicopter. From close to Hemingways Nairobi, soar above the city before swapping skyscrapers for sweeping views of Lake Magadi and Lake Natron in Tanzania. The pink blush you’ll see are crowds of resident flamingos. Speak to the pilot about travelling back via Nairobi National Park for the best view of the animals living in these amber plains: the endangered black rhino, cheetahs and shy giraffes are easier to spot from on high.
Or, for a more gentle flight above Nairobi, go hot air ballooning. Setting off before dawn means you’ll see the sun rise from the skies – the moment of a lifetime. This is also when many animals wake and stretch to welcome the morning. At the other end of the day, drive out from Diamonds Dream of Africa into Marafa Kanyon, known locally as ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. As the sun sets over the rocks it’s as if they’re flaming – a breath-taking moment.
“Setting off before dawn means you’ll see the sun rise from the skies – the moment of a lifetime.”
There are gentle giants in Kenya’s seas, too. From Hemingways Watamu board a boat for a whale watching expedition. Or explore the Arabuko Sokoko Forest, where boldly coloured butterflies flit between the saltwater mangroves, and the nearby sound of rustling may just be a family of elephants.