African Safari Diaries : Gillian’s dream Cheetah safari inspired by ‘Born Free’
Ever since Gillian, at the age 10, read ‘Born Free’ a book by Joy Adamson describing her experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa, it has been her dream to visit Kenya, and this year her dream came true as she visited with her husband on our traditional 7 night Cheetah Safari.
This itinerary starts in the Aberdares Range followed by Samburu, home to some of the most unique wildlife in Kenya and a host of birds. It is also where Elsa the Lion lived with Joy Adamson.
Gillian and her husband then visited Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, and whilst in Naivasha headed out to Crescent Island, which was used for the filming of ‘Out of Africa.’
Finally, the magnificent Masai Mara, famed for its vast numbers of plains game and the spectacular big cats.
We hope you enjoy reading about her trip as much as we did!
1. What made you choose to go on an African Safari? Was this your first time visiting Kenya and going on safari?
I happened to pick up a Somak Holidays brochure from a travel agent, and it sat under my coffee table for six months before I actually read it thoroughly. I liked what I read about the company and their product, and decided to contact them directly.
3. Where did you stay whilst on your Safari and what was your favourite property?
I would advise people to think about the kind of safari they would like to do: Do they want to see as much of the country as possible and therefore spend quite a lot of time travelling with only one night here and there? or would they prefer more down-time, relaxing on their balconies or by the pool ?
The Cheetah Safari is definitely for those wishing to see as much as they can. I had thought that we would drive through savannahs of animals to photograph but I was wrong – you really have to hunt the animals down. We didn’t see a male lion or cubs, or any leopards. So if you only have three or four days to spare for a safari, then choose a National Park where you are almost guaranteed to see the animals you want to see.
We would love to work with you to plan the safari holiday of a lifetime. For more information on how our safari experts can help you, call Somak Holidays today on 020 8423 3000.
All photos are credited to Gillian Gardner.