Aberdares, Samburu and Ol Pejeta/Sweetwaters:
During March and April, I visited different parts of Africa including Aberdares, Samburu and Ol Pejeta/Sweetwaters in Kenya. This part of my trip was organised by Mark from MK Snow Tours and Travel with whom I’d travelled before. We drove to Aberdares National Park to see the beautiful waterfalls that are the feature of this park, but also saw Colombus and Sykes monkeys and buffalo. We camped near Chania Waterfall which meant I could walk to the falls on arrival and go again in the morning when the light was better for photos. The plateau is elevated so a visit here helps with acclimatisation if heading up Mt Kenya. It is possible to organise a walk, but this requires a ranger to go with the group. Mark can easily make such arrangements though.
I spent a day at Ol Pejeta Conservancy/Sweetwaters which straddles the equator and is home to the last two Northern White Rhinos. The game drive included a visit to Baraka, the blind black rhino. It was amazing to be so close to such a large, wild animal even if he is blind!
Samburu was in complete contrast to the green and cool of Aberdare. Dry, dusty and hot, but with very comfortable accommodation. It’s a national reserve teaming with wildlife and the morning and evening drives were fantastic. We spotted so many different animals and birds! Among my favourites were the Dik Dik, Oryx, a Leopard and Bee eaters.
Mark made all arrangements including airport pickups/drop-offs, permits, camping equipment, accommodation bookings and transport. He and William were helpful and knowledgeable about all the places I visited. It was a pleasure to travel with them again and I would recommend MK Snow Tours to anyone, especially if wanting a tailor-made trip. Thanks again Mark for everything you did to ensure an enjoyable visit.