Kenya’s first safari: what to anticipate

potentially fatal fauna. travels in airplanes the size of motorhomes. an unknown nation. Since going on a safari for the first time required me to venture well outside of my comfort zone, it’s safe to say that I was hesitant.

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I had a mixture of exhilaration and dread. Although I had only ever seen magnificent animals in pictures or zoos, I was eager to see them in their natural habitat. However, the thought of driving an open-sided 4×4 around and sleeping under a canvas tent with sly predators and enormous beasts roaming outside seemed absurd and went against every survival instinct I had. However, as is often the case with uncertainties, my anxieties proved to be unwarranted in the end.

Kenya, the place where I made my safari debut. I’d been told there was no better spot for sightings and that if I couldn’t locate animals here, I never would. It’s perhaps the top wildlife destination in the world. This was demonstrated very immediately as I flew in a little plane from Nairobi, the nation’s capital, to the breathtaking Masai Mara.

Reaching the Mara

The thrill of flying one of the fun-sized aircraft used for local flights in Kenya is unmatched. It’s like getting into a 12-person people carrier with wings (Cessna named them “Caravans”), where your parents (the pilot and co-pilot) are seated up front and easily accessible. It was evident right away why the aircraft seemed to weigh barely more than the 15 lb allowed luggage allowance for soft-sided bags, since all of the bags were crammed into tiny, unevenly sized bins beneath the cabin.

These little journeys were a lot of fun, and I loved the great views outside the big windows and the touch-downs on the way to drop off and pick up other passengers. I was thrilled to see dozens of zebras, wildebeest, and occasionally even giraffes from the air during my first such stop-off, so I was taken aback when, at the end of the runway (read: “dirt airstrip”), I spotted a herd of elephants hiding under the trees. This was after an unusually bumpy (and hilarious) landing. That is something that isn’t typically seen at Heathrow.

Having previously completed one of the Big Five, I felt privileged and eager to look for others. However, I was taken aback by how exciting it was to see some of Africa’s most diminutive animals on the game drive from the airfield to my lodging, including brightly colored lizards, flashy guineafowl, and, my personal favorite, the tiny dik-dik, the tiniest antelope in the world. For the birdwatchers, even ordinary birds were a pleasure, especially the splendid starling, which truly lives up to its name.


My tent was not what I had expected when I arrived at our secluded lodge in the Mara; it was a makeshift shelter devoid of modern conveniences. No, what we were discussing was luxurious camping, constructed out of sturdy canvas that resembled a permanent building. Some camps are as impressive as their surrounding, breathtaking landscapes, complete with beds and bedding, clothes hangers, and fully functional bathrooms complete with towels and toiletries. The best views, in my opinion, are obtained from the modestly-concealing outdoor showers that many offer, which frequently overlook stunning vistas, active waterholes, or both. If you’re not in the mood for an outdoor ablution, you may use the indoor facilities. This will save the neighborhood baboon colony from stealing your shampoo bottle while you’re taking a shower, but it also means you’ll lose out on a freeing adventure that truly immerses you in the safari experience. Even a handy hairdryer is provided by some lodges.

Most camps provide a safe to store valuables in addition to a comforting air horn or walkietalkie in each room, so you can rest easy knowing that help will be on hand in case of need. When necessary, mattresses are covered with mosquito nets; otherwise, they are left unmade and occasionally augmented with a hot water bottle while you savor a delectable supper. After dusk, diligent staff members—who are typically armed with a spear or similar object—walk visitors securely back to their lodgings.

In addition, at evening mealtimes, don’t expect to see a menu; instead, Kenyan camps often offer set dishes that your server will explain in advance. The only diners who receive anything different from regular diners are those with dietary restrictions. I wasn’t sure how I would like this arrangement because I’m a little picky about food, but even the food that I wouldn’t ordinarily choose to eat was really delicious.

Drives for games

Any trip must include accommodations, meals, and transportation, but the main attraction of a safari in Kenya is undoubtedly the animals. Typically, game drives happen twice a day: in the late afternoon or early evening and again in the early morning. I can’t deny that I felt vulnerable as I embarked on my first official game drive to discover the well-known Masai Mara. In an attempt to calm my fears, my knowledgable and kind guide explained that animals regard 4×4 vehicles as substantial components of the environment and tend to overlook them, just as they would a tree. As we plodded along, I noticed glittering dragonflies twirling, weaver bird nests hanging like ornaments from branches, and roaming warthogs gallivanting with their tails high in the air. Any more anxieties vanished straight out of the nonexistent window. We went by herds of buffalo and groups of gazelles. and soon after, my guide said, “Lion,” as he slowed to a snail’s pace. He noticed a big man and started to draw up front of it. I stared, almost afraid to breathe, as it slowly strolled straight up to the car, terrified and mesmerized. I nearly sprang out of the truck as it trailed closely behind it, swishing its tail. It then struck the rear of the vehicle.

These were by no means unique sightings; the most amazing experience of my whole trip came the day after, when we spotted a female cheetah. The cherry on top was that she was accompanied by her gorgeous teenage youngster. Even better, after watching with patience for a few minutes, we saw the mother running full speed after a Thomson’s gazelle. Even though she was unable to capture her target, it was still an incredible sight to watch.


The mandatory sundowner, which is, as the name implies, a refreshing drink (typically alcoholic) offered as the sun descends, is the finest non-wildlife discovery for a first-time safari visitor. Your guide will stop your game drive in a location that is perfect for toasting to a fantastic day spent exploring the African bush as you wrap up your adventures for the day. The sundowner we enjoyed under a big tree, where my guide and his friends had built a cozy fire, was my favorite and most unforgettable. We were sitting in the dark, gazing up at the incredibly starry sky above and noticing that the sun had long since set and was now gradually cooling down. There were other things raging as well, I realized as I took another drink of my delicious beverage. There were two lions nearby that were quite loud, and they were approaching closer. As usual, our guide reassured us that the large cats were actually farther away than they appeared, so there was no need to worry. These gentlemen really know their thing, and I had complete faith in their judgment. Later, we saw two male lions in the car on the way home to our lodge. We used our guide’s low-intensity flashlight to find them, and we spent some time watching as one of them eagerly drank from a drinking hole.

What can one anticipate from a Tanzanian safari?

Traveling to Tanzania

Africa has a unique charm that includes breathtaking sunsets that make you feel as though time has stopped, isolated spots where the starry sky genuinely awes you, and experiences with nature that will forever alter your perspective on the world.

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Wildlife safaris, which enable guests to get up close and personal with wild creatures in their natural habitat while also supporting national environmental conservation initiatives through protected areas or national parks, are the greatest and most fascinating ways to see nature in Africa.

And make Tanzania your first choice for a safari location out of all the African countries. More than just a holiday, a safari in Tanzania will change your perspective on nature and let you appreciate the grandeur of the wild in a whole new manner.

Features that set a Tanzanian safari apart


Tanzania is without a doubt the greatest place for a wildlife safari since it boasts the greatest animal species in all of Africa.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Ngorongoro Crater is renowned for having the highest animal population density in the world per square meter. In Ngorongoro Crater, visitors may spy on the critically endangered black rhino. The opportunity to view the greatest variety of species is provided by visiting this outstanding conservation area, which is a genuinely unique natural experience.

Because of its distinctive ecology, the fact that it is home to the greatest number of ungulates on the planet, and the fact that it has more predators concentrated in one place than any other place in the world, Serengeti National Park has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Serengeti to witness the wildebeest migration firsthand. You may even choose for a hot air balloon ride or a chartered plane ride to watch it from the air.

Aside from one of the biggest baboon tribes in Africa, visitors to Manyara National Park may witness hordes of different bird species, tree-climbing lions, and vast quantities of pink flamingos. A novel “Tree Top Walk” that brings visitors even closer to the amazing birds of Manyara National Park has been made possible by the recent construction of a network of interconnected bridges among the sturdy trees around Lake Manyara.

Elephant families with young children are common in Tarangire National Park, which is home to one of the greatest populations of elephants in the area. Tarangire’s enormous river serves as a source of water for herds of zebras and wildebeests as well as their predators, including lions, cheetahs, and leopards, who travel there during the dry season.
Tanzania’s second-highest mountain, Mount Meru, is located in Arusha National Park. Under the supervision of a qualified park ranger, of course, visitors may go on a walking safari over the grasslands and get up close to herds of Cape Buffalo, giraffes, and zebras.

Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, is located in Kilimanjaro National Park. For many, scaling this amazing mountain is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Unmatched Kili hikes are available from Altezza, either as private climbs or open-to-all group trips. Go here to find out more about climbing Kilimanjaro.

The surroundings and scenery

Tanzania is one of the top African nations when it comes to setting aside huge tracts of land for conservation or animal preservation. More than 25% of the country has been declared as an official conservation area or as a national park.

This indicates that there are large tracts of land that have maintained their natural integrity, isolated locations where the natural world rules; examples of these include the well-known Great Migration, in which millions of wildebeests risk their lives to cross the Grumeti River, crocodiles and other predators, savannahs where lions still rule, and the natural world’s reverence for the majestic elephant.
Tanzania offers tourists the chance to see nature in its purest form, apart from human habitation.
Tanzania is always a top choice for beautiful nature photos taken by photographers of all skill levels. Take pictures of the seemingly endless African plains, get a close-up look at the colorful weaver birds building their nest in a prickly acacia tree, or spot some of the continent’s most well-known large predators, such serval cats or cheetahs, roaming through the tall, dry grasses. Tanzanian safari photos turn out beautifully, even without fancy gear since the landscape is so colorful and the animals is moving so quickly.

cozy safari vehicles

Safari vehicles are subject to the same stringent standards as the Tanzanian tourism sector. You will undoubtedly be traveling in a contemporary, luxurious safari vehicle when you make a reservation with Altezza Travel, so there’s no need to settle with driving a van.

We provide Wi-Fi internet, air conditioning, an extended top, a fridge for refreshing drinks, and on-the-go power outlets for charging gadgets in our safari cars. Better views everywhere for an exciting safari journey are possible when the roof of the safari jeep is raised.

opulent campgrounds and lodges

Tanzanian lodgings have a stellar reputation for welcoming guests. Throughout national parks, there are several luxurious resorts and campgrounds that have won awards.

It is certain that guests to Tanzania will have a luxurious stay. Even though you could be in a secluded area with a stunning view of the Great Rift Valley, the Serengeti grasslands, or the brink of the Tarangire River, you can be sure that you will be enjoying great wine, chef-prepared meals, and all the amenities of a four- or five-star hotel.

Top-rated hotels have been carefully selected by Altezza, and our staff members frequently visit these properties to make sure the level of quality and service our clients get is up to our own high standards.