Safari? Hakuna MatataBy Brenda Bogonko -
Thanks to the Lion King, those of us who do not speak a word of Swahili can at least pronounce ‘hakuna matata’ without biting their tongue. ‘Hakuna matata’ can be translated to ‘no worries’ while ‘safari’ means ‘a journey’; basically meaning a journey through the natural habitat of the wild animals. Over the years, Kenya and Safari have become synonymous. With the great wildebeest migration of over two million to and from Tanzania during the months of July through to October, it is with no doubt why the Maasai Mara is a very popular Kenyan tourist destination. The Mara is home to the big five: elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and, of course, the lion.
Taking a road safari using a minivan or a 4x4 Land Cruiser with pop-up open roof to Maasai Mara gives you the chance to see the beautiful Kenyan landscapes and sceneries. For those with mobility challenges, wheelchair accessible vehicles will be made available and an attendant to help you get from one point to another will be allocated to you. If you are lucky to be visiting around January, you can catch the calving season and, as the land is green after the rains, you might see predators in action!
For photography lovers, you can catch the rare moments of predators taking care of their young ones. The tours can be tailored to suit personal requirements and tourists can even choose an aerial view of the reserve in a hot air balloon. You will be offered a pair of high-end binoculars to help you dramatically enhance your safari experience. if requested, visitors can gain an even deeper insight into how the famous Maasai community live by taking a trip to the Maasai villages made of bomas. The Maasai community still boast of holding onto their cultural lifestyle and if you get a chance to visit their communities you can purchase trinkets.
At the reserve, visitors can choose from a range of camps according to their budget, with cheerful, easy going and knowledgeable tour guides chosen according to your needs. It is advisable to arrive a day or two before the date of your safari departure so you can also get a chance to experience Kenya as a whole. If you are wondering if it is safe, then the answer is yes. The camps are fenced and even for the unfenced, attacks by wild animals are rare with guards who work around the clock to ensure your safety. The guards will also pick you up from your camp and accompany you throughout your safari with measures taken to ensure any emergency is handled professionally.
Kenyan Safaris are privately tailored – made to suit your needs and your budget. Travel agents aim to ensure you enjoy your dream vacation in a unique way without worry. Besides, in Kenya, the motto is ‘Hakuna Matata’ so let others do the hard work while you enjoy the roar of the king of the jungle and all the pride that Africa has to offer.