This trip was easily the trip of a lifetime for our family of four, and it will be quite some time before we stop talking about it!! We have a done a lot of travel with our children alongside us, but the adventures that were found around every corner on this African safari were beyond our expectations, and FAR beyond theirs! We were literally surprised around every corner as we found something unexpected, from a tote full of gifts upon our 5am arrival to Nairobi from our agent to a bag full of top-notch coffee mugs from our last hotel upon departure, not to mention the incredible services and attention given to us at both safari properties between.
Our agent was clearly working behind the scenes throughout our trip to ensure that we were safe, well and taken care of, and she organised our family into perfect accommodations and safari properties for us. It was obvious that she took everything we told her during our planning stages and applied it to her trip framework, allowing us to get everything we were hoping for out of our trip to Africa, and MORE!
The warmth of the Kenyan people was incredible, and our family was truly astonished by the obvious care they had for us. We were woken up each morning with trays of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, and tucked in with notes on our beds and hot water bottles warming our sheets.
Our safari guides at both Lewa Wilderness and Kichwa Tembo will be legends in our family forever, as they both clearly took pleasure in showing our children every animal they could imagine, from the elusive leopard to herds and herds of zebras and huge prides of lions. From surprise breakfasts in the bush to night drives and walking safari, our children rose to every occasion under the care of our Maasai warrior guides, perhaps topped off as our soccer-playing kids got to join in with the staff soccer game at Kichwa, which they will genuinely remember forever as a highlight from their childhood. I was unapologetically the mother with tears streaming down my face behind my sunglasses as they were tucked into the team huddle, their smiles beaming as largely as mine.
We have traveled a lot, but I found Africa a bit more intimidating in terms of health and wellness. I traveled with a bag that could have likely supported a small clinic as I was really worried about taking care of my family if anyone fell ill, and I wish I had trusted the wise words of agent a bit more as I never opened the bag, but I definitely spent a fair amount of time before the trip worrying about it!
I would also pack MORE CLOTHES. I had packed so lightly that staff at every property we stayed at asked me where all my bags were?? A compliment, sort of, but we were also wearing some seriously filthy clothes by the end of our trip. :)
In terms of the logistics and pace, our agent got it EXACTLY RIGHT, and I will always be grateful to her for helping us to have the best adventure of our lives.
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