Zoya Sakr, an Editor in Chief of 4 websites that falls under 2Pure e publishing company – www.nawa3em.com, gheir.com, chabas.com and ra2ed.com, is based in Dubai and a mother of 1 beautiful boy. Zoya makes sure she takes time off to explore the world whenever she has a chance to. Loved by so many, Zoya is a natural born lover of travel and her dream is to one day, travel all around the world. Sharing her stories with Travel Junkie Diary has been so inspiring to every little detail. Read all about Zoya Sakr’s beautiful and educational trip to Africa!
Here is her diary
I love exotic destinations, I have traveled to more than 40 destinations so far, I enjoyed Kenya since the experience was totally different from anywhere in the world! I always wanted to meet the BIG FIVE animals of Africa! Which are: the Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino,and the Tiger.
Stayed at Governors Camp in Masai Mara
I stayed in a tent, it was a luxurious one, where you have very clean big room with 2 beds, tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.
The food was ok, I am usually very picky, but everything was clean and fresh, we had mostly fish, eggs, corn soups and fresh salads and fruits, I wasn’t afraid to eat anything, the owner of the camp is British and has been living there for 30 years and I trusted her.
In your suitcase I took with me all safari colors outfit: I took high boots, because it rained at night and we had to walk on very slippery and wet soil to reach our rooms, warm long sleeve pajama to avoid insects bites, everything was long sleeve, comfortable jackets and sweatshirts, jogging pants, all skin and hair care from sunscreen, shampoos,my day and night creams,I took Special Kellogg bars, since I was worried about food and they helped me to be able to stand till they serve breakfast at 9, all kind of medicine I might use, from antibiotics to food poisoning, anti insects sprays, I sprayed my room/tent every night though they offer some in room, stylish hats
Dined at I can’t say they had some best restaurants, I wasn’t there expecting fine dining, but I liked their corn pies and bread, their corn soup was nice too.
Shopped I shopped at Masai Mara camp, they sell accessories that they do (Handmade) and I shopped lots of art and hand crafts and accessories in the capital Nairobi on my way back home
Diary The guards wake us up at 5:00 Am with a cup of tea/coffee, then we had to take the Jeep for a sunrise safari trip, it’s was extremely cold, they offered us warm blanket, we were lucky to see Giraffes, thousands of zebras, hypos, elephants, different Lions, they gather by 2 or 3, each Lion has up to 2 partners J
We visited the Massai Mara tribe, which have the most distinctive outfit and look, they welcome visitors to experience their lifestyle and tradition, we had so much fun dancing with them and discussing life!
In the afternoon we had another safari tour for sunset, it was amazing and scary meeting elephants family of more than 20 members, they approached us very closely but driver asked us not to move because they can attack the Jeep and they are dangerous.
At night we had beautiful set up for dinner and the Massai Mara danced and entertained us.
Tips I suggest to go between July and August this is when migration happen and you can see thousands of animals, you should visit the Masai Mara camp, where the troop live in a very primitive way, the hot air ballooning was an amazing experience don’t miss it out!
I didn’t do any vaccination, check with embassy before you go,sometimes its not required, because those vaccination may make you feel bad, I was happy to escape the yellow fever vaccination, don’t take any kids if they are below 12 years old, its scary, some nights we didn’t sleep, since Hypos and Crocodiles were fighting in the river underneath us, it’s a real adventure,Elephants opposite to what we think, are the most dangerous creatures and one night when I was working at the opened lobby, an elephant was playing around! We were all scared including the guards, each room has a guard and we are not allowed to circulate without a guard that carry guns!
Mode of travel Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi, it’s 4 hours flight, then from Nairobi took a small Cessna plane to Masai Mara, it was a 45 minutes flights, then once you land you take the safari jeep and you immediately see all type of Wild animals!