Magical Kenya: Samburu & Mt. Kilimanjaro at Amboseli

 
Morning game drive at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Morning game drive at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

On the third leg of the trip, Better Photography makes its way to Samburu and then to the wonderous view of Mt. Kilimajaro at Amboseli. Sakshi Parikh describes her trip.

Samburu reminded me of Masai Mara with the vast dry lands and bush vegetation. Here, we were back in tents with incredible views right outside.

Fun with light trails out in the open. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Fun with light trails out in the open. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

In the evening, the members of the Kenyan Tourism Board, took us for a short game drive that ended with a gorgeous sundowner as we relaxed while watching the glorious sunset.

Jackal at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Jackal at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Wild Elephant spotting at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Wild Elephant spotting at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Sundowner at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Sundowner at Samburu. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

On our game drive in the morning game drive, we spotted giraffes, ostrich, zebras and impalas, much like we did in Meru. Post the drive, we flew back to Nairobi and drove for five hours to the ever-picturesque Amboseli National reserve. To save time, we drove around the park with our trusted driver and guide, Julius who conducted a small game drive while we were on our way to the hotel.

Sunset at Amboseli. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Sunset at Amboseli. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Right on the Kenyan and Tanzanian border, Amboseli offers a gorgeous view of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro, a sight that is going to stay with forever.

Mt. Kilimanjaro with Elephants in the foregeround. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Mt. Kilimanjaro with Elephants in the foregeround. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

That, along with sunset and elephants grazing in the swamp totally made us forget a pretty rough road trip. Over three punctured tyres later, we finally reached our hotel and called it an early night, to clock in a few extra hours of sleep before the longest game drive of our trip.

Zebras at Amboseli. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Zebras at Amboseli. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Any hardships faced were left behind once we woke up refreshed to a brilliant sunrise. Amboseli offered us stunning sights both in terms of wildlife and landscape.

 

Sunrise at Amboseli on the last day. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Sunrise at Amboseli on the last day. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

 

The stunning views with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the backdrop, peppered with lions and other wildlife in such close proximity gave me the vigour to photograph non-stop. I was even more thrilled when I spotted my first hyena. As we moved around the park, we soaked in the abundance of elephants, giraffes and zebras, all living harmoniously in their natural habitat.

Wild Buffalos at Amboseli. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Wild Buffalos at Amboseli. Photograph/Sakshi Parikh

Far too soon, it was time to end our game drive. After an incredible bush breakfast sipping our coffee and masala chai and enjoying the view of zebras grazing, we head to our final stops Tsavo and then Watamu.

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