Most importantly – Does Julia’s River Camp and room do what it’s supposed to do?
Yes – Julia’s River Camp is a glamping camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara, which offers simple but very comfortable accommodation, good food and friendly hospitality. They also pride themselves on excellent game drives with experienced drivers allowing you to see the diverse and beautiful wildlife living in this special corner of the world.
If you want evidence, you can read about our adventures with Julia’s River Camp exploring The Great Migration here, our lion encounters here and watching families of lions, cheetahs, elephants and warthogs here.
Kenya Safari Adventures with Julia’s River Camp: Part 3
We were slowly bumping our way down a dirt road in Kenya’s Masai Mara ‘enjoying’ what locals call “The African Massage”. Another Safari Jeep was coming the other way. As customary, our driver Eric slowed to a stop as we crossed and had a quick conversation in Swahili, exchanging information about where the animals were today. Usually these are fruitless but this time Eric seemed animated. The conversation was short. Eric pressed the pedal to the floor.
As we reached crested a hill, we could see hundreds of wildebeest and zebras scattered all the way to the horizon. Curiously, there was a strangely empty patch in the middle of the migration. We hurtled towards it.
As we drew closer other safari vehicles appeared out of nowhere, almost racing us to our target.
Kenya Safari Adventures with Julia’s River Camp: Part 2
I’m sitting at a picnic table. Behind me are the sprawling and beautiful plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara. In front of me is a horseshoe bend of the Mara River. I can see hippos and crocodiles uneasily sharing the water. The tall and steep banks of the river offer me protection and a safe panoramic viewpoint. The heat of the morning sun radiates a silence across the river as it discourages the wildlife to move and hunt until the evening cool.
It had been 20 minutes since we’d our twin propeller passed over the great rifts that separates modern Kenya and the timeless Masai Mara. Since then a carpet of cloud had prevented us from seeing the plains below. We had hoped to see the great migration from the sky but so far had been denied. The pilot announced over the PA shouted back to us that we were beginning our descent to Ol Kiombo airstrip. The nose went down and we slowly began to cut through the cloud.
As we descended the small black dots sprawled across the plains grew into creatures with horns, long necks and stripes. As the propellers slowed and the flaps started to fight the wind we could start to make out wildebeest, giraffe and zebra. From the air it looked like a battle scene from Braveheart or Lord of the Rings with a thousand creatures sprawled across the metaphorical battlefield.
So far our blog has explored Europe, Northern and Central America, the Middle East and even Australia. 3 months ago, we decided it was time to explore a continent that we knew surprisingly little about: Africa.
While it wouldn’t be cost effective to travel all the way to Africa for a long weekend away, we decided to build an ambitious itinerary of 3 back to back ‘long weekends’ in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Over the next couple of months we’ll be bringing you all the tales of our adventures, reviews of the places we’ve stayed and a ton of advice as to how to travel to East Africa and experience the amazing Safaris and romantic getaways in this unique corner of the globe.
Here’s a brief snapshot of what we did and what will be coming up in the next couple of months:
We landed in Nairobi before first light and by sundown we had kissed giraffes and hugged baby elephants, flown over the Masai Mara, and stood at the centre of the great migration.
48 hours later we’d seen lions, cheetah, zebra, giraffes, hyenas and flown over hippos and crocodiles in a hot air balloon before flying to the border of Tanzania and crossing over at a little town called Isbania.
And then suddenly there was no wifi. Our skyroam stopped working. Our phones received texts saying “Welcome to the United Arab Emirates!”.
As we reached the eye of the storm I experienced something for the first time: Sensory overload. As over 2 million litres of water beat down on us every second all I could see was white. All I could hear was constant unrelenting thunder. All I could feel was drench. I’m not sure if that’s word, but it’s certainly a very physical feeling when you’re standing at the bottom of Niagara Falls.
Yet it was all so exhilarating, exciting and very unique. Travel often takes us to places of immense natural beauty. However, it’s not often you experience both the beauty and the frightening power of one of the natural worlds’ most iconic beauties.
Soaring above the mighty Niagara Falls is something that imprints on your soul. A truly once in a lifetime experience. I tried to remember every moment, every little detail that I could see from my birds eye vantage point, but something of that magnitude is hard to express.
As part of our Ultimate Layover experience in Toronto, we had booked a day trip to Niagara Falls with King Tours and had the opportunity to visit Niagara Helicopters to take their signature ‘Scenic Flightseeing Tour.’
Air Canada is an airline on the up, meaning that travellers flying transatlantic or transpacific are increasing going via Toronto. Regular readers of the World in a Weekend will know that our philosophy is, whenever possible, you should get out of the airport and turn your long, boring flight into an exciting, ultimate layover.
When we booked our flights for our Jewels of Jamaica trip we had the choice of a 2 hour layover in Toronto or a 25 hour layover at no extra cost and couldn’t resist an action packed day in Canada’s biggest city. Continue Reading