Wilderness Safari Holiday Completed with a Spa at the Beach
My recent visit to the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for me thou uncalled for, I can’t regret a second. Everywhere I went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, I did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.
You knew that I didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what I got was beyond all my expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that I will remember forever. Am sure the same will be your experience on arrival, I was whisked from the Airport heading North by road to the stunning wilderness of Laikipia North. The Laikipia region is a vast expanse of wilderness spreading from the foothills of Mount Kenya towards the Rift Valley. Unlike Kenya’s prominent National Parks, this is an area where other tourists are few and far between and where game drives are combined with game walks, swimming in rivers and climbing crags – very much an ‘out of Africa’ experience.
This is a small, simple camp in a stunning location offering a very welcome balance of ambience, comfort and superb wildlife without being ridiculously expensive. The five tents are large and comfortable, each built on a platform with a private veranda, proper beds and behind the tent an en suite bathroom partially open to the skies allowing you to shower under the stars. There is a tented mess building with dining room, bar and sitting room/library, and a deck in front with open camp-fire in the evenings. Meals are simple home-made affairs usually served outside set around a camp fire.
The area offers fantastic wildlife with big numbers of elephants, giraffe, hippo, Grevy’s zebra, leopard, wild dog, lion, striped and spotted hyena, aardwolf, aardvark, and over 280 species of birds. From the bush we wind down with five nights at Pinewood on the Kenya coast. One of our favourite laid back options on the coast, offering just the right balance between comfort and simplicity. Here you can expect relaxed days spent on the beach – the perfect end to an safari in Kenya.
Daisy and I really enjoyed the trek; it was the highlight of our holiday. I’m full of admiration for the tour Guides. Not only did they feed us like kings but Francis never put a foot wrong on the whole trek and, as you know, they don’t have all the high tech equipment we have such as good boots and 4 season sleeping bags. That really brought home the income gap and I was glad we had brought a decent tip with us. We both enjoyed chatting to Francis as we walked and at meal times and he gave us a very interesting perspective on Kenya life.
This itinerary works equally well for couples and families. Laikipia Wilderness Camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and scramble and climb on nearby outcrops. The owners have three of their own children and will suggest a programme designed to suit you. I recommend a minimum stay of three nights, but you could happily stay a whole week. Some tents are close together specifically for families and all of the tents can comfortably sleep three, or four if it is two younger children. There is no minimum age restriction. Thanks to these the whole family will enjoy holidays in Kenya in all aspects.