East Africa with Lisa
November 22, 2017 at 1:53 PM
"OK your next big trip HAS to be Africa. OMG, I’m so blown away and in awe of this place. No picture can capture or description can explain how amazing it is in real life!" - Lisa Lilley
Lisa recently returned from a two-week educational journey around Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa thanks to World Journeys. Starting on the 9th of November, 2017 and concluding on the 20th of November, Lisa's journey took place in the low off-season in East Africa. This meant there were a lower number of people around, lower prices, and of course lower temperatures (if 36 degrees could even be considered a low temperature!). But Lisa ensures us, "Don't be put off by the fact that it's low season!". According to Lisa, it was the best time of year to travel to Africa.
Leaving Auckland, New Zealand they met up with the rest of their World Journey's group in Perth, Australia. Once arrived in Perth, they then flew business class with South African Airways to Johannesburg. After an early morning arrival in Johannesburg, they then hop on the last leg of this journey, the flight from Johannesburg to Nairobi. Three days journey to Africa, spending one night in Nairobi, and it was time for the real experience to begin. Starting the day with a one hour flight saw them arrive in Masai Mara, Kenya, the first destination of their luxurious, educational, East African Exploration.
Thanks to short aircraft transfers and safari vehicles, over the next eight days, Lisa and the group were able to experience...
The wildlife of Masai Mara, Kenya
Safaris in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Breath-taking sights in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
and, bush walks in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Throughout this journey, Lisa stayed in a variety of accommodation styles, from lodges to permanent tent campsites (Think glamping but better!).
Lisa is now East Africa's no. 1 advocate. To get you just as excited as she is, here are a few of her highlights and favourite things about her experience...
As much as Lisa truly did love it all, she was happy to highlight Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater as her two Must See locations in East Africa.
The expert guides on the early morning and evening safaris in Masai Mara exposed the group to such variety of wildlife. Lisa explained that this was experiencing wildlife in such close quarters, providing the ability to become completely emerged in the lives of these beautiful creatures. This experience definitely highlighted the safaris of Masai Mara as a standout element of her journey.
Seeing and hearing Lisa explain how much she enjoyed the Ngorongoro Crater must have put Tanzania on the 'To-Travel' list for the entire office I'm sure. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Ngorongoro Crater was completely mesmerizing, according to Lisa. 'Iconic' and 'Phenomenal', were just some of the adjectives she used to describe this site, "It's a place you simply have to see".
Lisa highlighted two different accommodation experiences as her favourites.
The first of which was the AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in Masai Mara in Kenya. This was as far from your average campsite as physically possible. The site consisted of eight superior view tents and twenty superior tents featuring beautiful Maasai-inspired interiors that showcased a simple and contemporary use of local materials. Oversized beds provided the optimal place to lie back and gaze out into the perfectly picturesque Masai Mara. If it doesn't sound dreamy enough already when was the last time you stayed in a tent with roomy ensuite bathrooms and private verandas with comfortable day beds!? Kichwa Tembo had it all. No wonder it was one of Lisa's favorites!
Lisa's second favourite was AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. This beautiful lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater within the Ngorongoro conservation area of pristine African wilderness. Inspired in design by the Masai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead), Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is, without doubt, one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa. Each suite is adorned with graceful antiques and grand chandeliers. The bedroom, sitting room, and en-suite bathroom boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows, overlooking the magnificent crater below. Such a one-of-a-kind experience. How completely incredible!
The educational element of this trip proved to be such an invaluable experience for Lisa. Driving through Kenya and Tanzania they were taught so much about the landscape, the animals, and the lives of the locals.
The African guides that led them through this journey provided the group with such vast knowledge and security which allowed the group to feel at ease and passionate about their surroundings. Lisa explained that the knowledge gained on this trip was the most valuable part of it. Being in little New Zealand can make a trip to Africa seem completely wild or even scary. But Lisa assures us that because of the incredible guides they encountered they always felt safe and secure wherever they were, "there is an element of scariness, but you completely relax into it after the second day - all thanks to the guides".
The Final Verdict
Lisa now tells us that "Africa is Addictive". This trip was the first time she was lucky enough to visit that part of the globe and now she is completely hooked. Whether you're planning a holiday with your family or with your partner, Lisa highly recommends this East Africa journey. She now can't wait to explore the rest of Africa!
With Lisa's experience in Kenya and Tanzania and the experience of two of our other travel agents, Michelle and Sarah in Botswana and Zimbabwe, South Africa; Quay Travel have the knowledge and expertise to assist you with your African adventure.