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Alice from our London office has recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Mahali Mzuri to explore our luxury tented camp, meet the team and show some of our tour operators the magic of Kenya. Since she's been back she hasn't stopped raving about her experience so we thought we'd better share it.
Arriving at Olare Orok on our plane was amazing, we flew in over camp and were greeted with bubbles on the air strip. Such a nice treat after an hour's flight in the Kenyan heat! We flew with Scenic Air Safaris, and the pilot Vikash flies in the region daily. We saw so much game from the plane that we couldn't wait to land. Once we had our welcome drink and received our cool Maasai bracelets we were off on the drive to camp in the comfort of our vehicles.
All about the animals...
The game viewing was breath taking, the most I have ever seen on safari. As we drove to the camp a family of hippos were jumping into a river to cool down, we also spotted hyenas, jackal, elephant (with babies) giraffe, wildebeests, and this was all before we reached camp for the first time! On game drives we saw 3 of the 4 prides of lions in the region, it was mating season so that made for interesting viewing. We also saw 6 cubs from 1 pride relaxing in the shade. It was simply fantastic with sightings of leopards a cheetah and some amazing birds. The Maasai guides were so much fun and amazed us with their stories of how they've be trained to be guides, it really is in their blood to be around the game they are absolutely fearless!
Food food food...
The bush dinner by far was the most amazing dining experience I've have had anywhere in the world! One of those magical moments that stays with you even when you're a million miles away. We were welcomed by fairy lights and camp fires in the middle of the bush and drank champagne (very spoilt) while the amazing Maasai team showed off their traditional dance. The team hosted us with delicious BBQ meats and fish, salads and homemade soup, topped off with some Chocolate Block red wine which is now our favourite! It was such a special evening, and something I will never forget.
Nasaro is the spa and you couldn't ask for a more up close and personal game viewing experience! When we were enjoying treatments, a pride of lions were making their way across the valley and basically walked past our spa tent terrace. Grace the spa therapist instantly makes you feel relaxed and calm even before the treatment has started. We all commented on how spiritual and cleansed we felt when we left her; she is a very clever lady! I had the African Goddess Facial, and I have never felt so pampered and chilled! It was a perfect treatment after 4 days travelling and did wonders for my skin a MUST when in Kenya!
What makes Mahali Mzuri different?
Ken the General Manager and the Mahali team are beyond amazing without me being bias. Arriving at the camp, we were greeted with such happy smiles and I knew we were 'home'. The entire team make such an effort to get to know you, and learn about your life and also let you into theirs, and that is something I think is super special when experiencing a new place. They give you a window into their life and culture for a really authentic experience of Kenya. The camp layout, the facilities, food and beverage were all 'just right' nothing is too much effort but equally interesting at the same time. Our guide's Vincent and John were fantastic, Ken, Jen and Bob and Alex were perfect front of house. It was such a happy high when we arrived and it stayed that way throughout, I am not ashamed to say I shed a little tear leaving such a beautiful place. Can I go back?!
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