Trip to Kenya, Part 1

Over Christmas we traveled to Amman, Jordan to see Jordan's family, and since we were so "close" we decided to also visit Kenya, something we've wanted to do for a while since Jordan's sister has been living and teaching there for three years now. Our tenth wedding anniversary is coming up and we decided it was a good time to take a once in a lifetime trip. And it certainly was. I'm not even sure how exactly to write about it here. So here's a giraffe crossing the road:

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Here is Jordan settling into explorer life ▼
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We stayed at a really fantastic camp on the Naboisho Conservancy, which is right next to the Masai Mara Reserve.
The benefits of visiting the private conservancy versus the national reserve seemed to be that instead of having to drive on roads,
our guides could drive us wherever seemed most exciting ▼
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I had never driven through a river before ▼

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Because driving around looking at wild animals can make a person hungry,
our guides also set up breakfast for us every morning ▼
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And at the end of the day there's always happy hour ▼

This is a bunch of hippos ▼
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This is the wifi tent ▼
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These are some pretty chill lions
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Here are the lions with my very helpful trip notebook ▼

This is the sunset ▼
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Recent Comments

Lyn Montes
Lyn Montes Tue, 02/28/2017 - 22:23

Wonderful pictures. I think my favorite is the giraffe running in front of the car.

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:31

@Renee: We also stayed at Encounter Mara. An amazing place!!

Susan Curtis
Susan Curtis Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:12

You have managed to capture all the special highlights of your entire day. Well done.

Renee Diprose
Renee Diprose Fri, 02/24/2017 - 07:49

@Marisa - which camp did you stay in? We were there in October 2015 and stayed at Encounter Mara. You're right about the trip of a lifetime and being so hard to put the 'awesomeness' into words. Your pictures are amazing.

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Mon, 02/20/2017 - 08:37

@Rose: Close enough to be nervous :)

Kim Cagney
Kim Cagney Sun, 02/19/2017 - 17:27

I'd love to see all the animals to in real life.Lovely photos.

Rose Thorn
Rose Thorn Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:31

QUESTION: How close were you, actual distance (approx.) to the 'chill lions'?
Just all looks breathtakingly amazing!

Shannon Maguire
Shannon Maguire Thu, 02/16/2017 - 07:57

Awesome photos Marisa!

Ruth Ayres
Ruth Ayres Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:17

Thank you again! Amazing and breathtaking.

Libby Bryant
Libby Bryant Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:32

What a wonderful trip, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

Ania Archer
Ania Archer Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:40

OMG! This looks like an amazing adventure!

Angela Kimbrell
Angela Kimbrell Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:50

What an experience! You have some excellent shots so close to the animals. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Bryony Van Wyk
Bryony Van Wyk Sun, 02/12/2017 - 10:03

We went to Kenya on our honeymoon. Amazing experience. Awesome country.

Cindie Deasey
Cindie Deasey Sat, 02/11/2017 - 05:13

Thank you for sharing. The closest I've ever been (and the closest I'll ever get) to Africa is Busch Gardens Tampa. I am so happy to see your photos!

Edeltraud Siedl
Edeltraud Siedl Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:06

Fantastic photos. Thank you for sharing. Such a Safari would please me!

Varia Moon
Varia Moon Sat, 02/11/2017 - 03:32

You are so blessed!! What an amazing trip!!! LOVED the pics, they are perfect!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

Astrid AnikA
Astrid AnikA Sat, 02/11/2017 - 00:11

woooow I would be so scared in front of the lions. thanks for sharing such great impressions of your trip

Marlyn Ramirez
Marlyn Ramirez Fri, 02/10/2017 - 18:11

what an exciting trip you had!

Tammy Shockley
Tammy Shockley Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:15

These are fabulous photos. What a blessing!!

Annette Coriale
Annette Coriale Fri, 02/10/2017 - 14:41

Wow! Awesome pics!

Karen Englund
Karen Englund Fri, 02/10/2017 - 14:30

Wow! What great pictures!

Liz Velasquez
Liz Velasquez Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:59

These were such great pictures to look at! Thank you for sharing!

Tina Shaw
Tina Shaw Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:50

That is fabulous! I would love to go on safari someday! It looks beautiful there and I'm surprised about the wifi! :)