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Sylvia Feil in Kenya

AAC’s Sylvia Feil, with her son and their guide Jonathan Moko; Tortilis Camp, Amboseli National Park; Maasai tribesman, with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background

The Africa Adventure Company’s very own Sylvia Feil and her son departed to Kenya for a week-long trip this weekend to celebrate his recent graduation from college!

Amboseli National Park

Upon their arrival in Nairobi, they were met and escorted to their hotel by Jonathan Moko, AAC’s special (and exclusive) local guide for Nairobi.

Ellies drinking at waterhole

The following morning, they were transferred to their scheduled charter flight to Amboseli National Park. Sylvia was very excited to visit here, and for good reasons:

  • Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak looms over the gently undulating landscape, providing one of Africa’s most iconic settings
  • The springs and swamps fed by underground runoff moisture from Kilimanjaro provides year-round surface water in an otherwise arid region (Amboseli is derived from the Maasai “salty dust”); this makes Amboseli a great year-round destination!
  • This permanent fresh water provides a viable habitat for numerous “big game,” especially elephants; on a clear morning, photographers can snap breathtaking shots of them in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance
Another of Amboseli’s many elephants; zebras standing within one of the park’s pans

Sylvia’s game-drives have so far been very eventful: along with elephants and zebras, she and her son have also seen hippo, hyena, bat ear fox, mongoose, serval, warthog, flamingos, ostriches, baboons, vervet monkeys, giraffe, impala and dikdik.

Some sunbathing lion cubs

A highlight was spotting two lion cubs off the side of the road. Unfortunately, it appeared that they have been separated from mom for some time now. Thankfully, Sylvia and her guide were able to get in touch with the Kenya Wildlife Service: help is on the way!

Maasai Village & School Visit

Another highlight was there visit to a Maasai village and school. Sylvia thought it was a truly rewarding experience.

Stay tuned for more!

A big tusker!

Maasai Mara

Feline pedestrians have the right of way!

As their visit to Amboseli came to a close, Sylvia and her son departed for their scheduled charter flight to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

To say the least, their wildlife sightings met their expectations; lest we forget that this the world-renowned Maasai Mara, arguably one of the best places in the world to see big game!

A cheetah scanning the horizon

The highlight Sylvia’s first day of game-viewing was the trip’s very first cheetah! They are exceptionally photogenic animals, especially when it appears that they’re dramatically posing for you!

Sylvia and her son began their second day with an early morning balloon safari. Their efforts were rewarded, as they were greeted with this fantastic view:

After the customary post-balloon breakfast, the two of them departed for a very eventful day of game-viewing.

In the morning, Sylvia and her son encountered 3 separate lion prides, all with adorable juveniles and babies!

The afternoon was an assortment of spectacles. First, they spotted a leopard climbing up a tree. His peace and quiet was quickly ruined when several baboons chased him up and out of that tree!

An eland up close and personal; a landscape, with a giraffe for scale

Second, they encountered an unusually calm eland and a very photogenic solitary giraffe. Last but not least, they saw numerous scavenging hyenas, vultures and jackals swarm a recently deceased hippo carcass.

Sylvia with Jonathan Scott of Big Cat Diary fame

En route to her camp, she also had a chance meeting with Jonathan Scott. Scott is renowned for his numerous nature documentaries, including Big Cat Diary.

Little Governor’s Camp

Sylvia and her son stayed at Little Governor’s Camp for the entire duration of the Mara portion of their trip. It’s a truly “immersive,” yet indisputably luxurious safari experience.

Stay tuned for more, as the two depart in pursuit of rhino on their last day in the Maasai Mara!

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