Saturday morning and another amazing game drive gave me the opportunity to tick off more first sightings on my game list. Hippo, hyena, gazelle, impala, topi….this was incredible.
The morning flew by and before we knew it we were back and looking forward to lunch. Lunch and indeed all meals at Mahali Mzuri were fresh and delicious with a definite nod to the chef’s Australian roots.
That second afternoon’s game drive took a circuitous route in order to take in viewings of nearby properties Mara Kempinski and Great Plains. The former was simply furnished in traditional style with 9 spacious tents, some well designed for families. A class below Mahali Mzuri but friendly and comfortable for families on more of a budget.
The latter, Great Plains, was up there with Mahali Mzuri at $1000 plus a night but its understated elegance and stunning location made it another fantastic option for those with healthy budgets and an eye for detail. Hosts Sean and Amy couldn’t have been more congenial or cool! Thoughtful touches included top end camera equipment and a lesson on how to use it, stunning black and white photography throughout betraying the owner’s National Geographic affiliation and brilliant activities for kids like bow and arrow making and camp fire building. A total of 6 beautifully decorated rooms with copper roll top baths and huge inviting white linen beds stand alone or a couple can be linked making them ideal for families or groups of friends.
Site visits over we wound our way back taking in more wonderful sightings of lion and leopard enjoying the last warm rays of the day.
Sadly the planned bush dinner had to be cancelled due to heavy rain but the team back at Mahali Mzuri made up for it with another delicious dinner followed by camp fire and enthusiastic Masai warrior dancing eagerly joined in their bouncing by several fam trip members – the prize for the highest jump was definitely claimed by Tom from Imagine Africa!