WHERE: NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
My boyfriend and I knew we wanted to take a safari when we visited Nairobi in March. We went with Nairobi National Park for our safari because of location and price. It's not far from downtown Nairobi, as opposed to many other safari locations, which were two or more hours away from where we were staying in Nairobi. We could see the city scape from inside the park. Safaris are expensive but this one was considerably less expensive than many other places. I booked it through a tour company as part of a package that also included a safari walk (which is basically a zoo) and lunch.
There were morning and evening options for the Safari. Some other parks offer multiple day long safaris. We drove around looking for animals for about three hours which was the perfect amount of time for me. I chose morning because my friend had done the evening version and said many of the animals were not out during her trip.
HOW: SAFARI VAN
SOMETHING WE WISH WE HAD: A JACKET!
At the end of March, we expected it to be really hot in Nairobi. Instead it was cold, like in the 60s, in the morning and at night. With the wind blowing in our faces in the safari van, we were so cold that I was begging for a heater in the car.
MOST USEFUL THING WE BROUGHT: CAMERA
Yes, we have great cameras on our iPhones and honestly that was all I planned on using for the trip. Luckily, a friend was asking about our trip before we left and found out we didn't plan on taking a camera, so he let us borrow his. I thought I would never take the time to pull it out, but then we got on the safari, parked in the sight of a lion- a real life lion- we pulled out our iPhones and tried to zoom the pictures were terrible. So for the first time that trip, I whipped out that camera and got a great picture of the lions...WHEW! He saved us!
AND OF COURSE: THE ANIMALS!
We got lucky and saw every type of animal that lives in Nairobi National Park on our trip- lions, giraffes, buffaloes, rhinos, zebra, lots of impalas, and hippos. We even pulled up right after lion had killed a zebra and just dragged the body to her den.