Dallas and I stayed at awesome accommodation during our stay in Kenya. Located some two hour drive from Narok proper, House in the Wild offers private and serene accommodation with first class service and meals. Our small group of six had the whole place to ourselves (it was booked that way), though it can accommodate up to 12, and within hours, we were like family – arriving from Denmark, Australia, and the United States. Safari tours can be easily booked through this venue with Moses and Boston as premium guides and story tellers. Our hosts, Tarquin and Lippa Wood came in for a couple visits to make sure our stay was perfect.
House in the Wild is located on Naretoi, the 1000 acre private estate within the Enonkishu Conservancy wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Maasai Mara. All the houses are situated with gorgeous views of the Mara River from the porch or just a few steps away.
Though the main reason for Dallas and my visit to Kenya was to learn about the new Savory Hub at Enonkishu Conservancy, we also had the opportunity to go on several game drives. Now, don’t confuse a western thought of game drive being like a cattle drive. Our purpose was not to move stock or wildlife, but to discover them and enjoy them in their natural habitats. So, you might say, ‘well, i’ve seen hippos, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, lions, and such in a zoo.’ Sure, many of us have, but it surprised me at the excitement and joy of seeing wild animals in their natural homes just doing what they do. Living, killing, eating, raising young…. No one feeding or watering them and piles of poop and drainage on a concrete pen. Our guides, Moses and Boston, are expert at knowing where to find the animals by observing the tracks, habitat, and behaviors of other animals. As a matter of interest, guides are required to complete many hours of training and testing, including how to drive safari vehicles in some rugged country.
Our stay in mid July was simply stunning with temps in the mid to upper 60s during the days and mid to upper 50s at night. On the Masai Mara National Reserve we were so thrilled to see the start of the wildebeest (which includes zebras, antelope, and other wildlife) migration from the Serengeti. Clear skies provided excellent stargazing opportunities, including the Southern Cross!
Another action packed day starting with praise and worship at a local assembly – Fellowship of the Emirates. Great band, contemporary songs, good message. I don’t agree with the whole ‘easter’ thing, but there is little doubt these people love the Father. One thing these awesome outreach ministries really need to be mindful of is remembering to teach ‘repentence.’ Too many times, ministries leave that critical component out of the Good News. With over 500 people attending this 9am service and more expected at the 11am service, there is quite a movement of diverse cultures and people all worshiping together, bringing together all age groups and backgrounds. I would not be surprised if nearly every country in the world was represented in this one serivce.
Safa Park was our next stop after church and dropping off Jessica’s friend Deseret at her apartment. Although touted as a complete escape from Dubai, it is right down town and surrounded by traffic noise, but it is large and lots of greenery, handcraft vendors, and of course delicious food!
Resting up for our big afternoon and evening adventure with Platinum Heritage Desert Tours. Don’t even hesitate to book the tour of your choice – totally impressed with this outfit! Our driver/tour guide/waiter Ericson is a perfect host and our travel mates from Lisbon were fun! There are several tours from which to choose, we experienced the Evening Desert Safari Dubai. Definitely book in advance, they fill spots quickly.
The evening ends in saying goodbye to our guide and new friends from Lisbon, Portugal.