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Born Free

August 20, 2012

I decided a long time ago that I needed to give my kids a small taste of a safari; that is, after all, what people would ASK them about and what the vast majority of visitors visit for. While the wildebeest migration is very tempting, I decided to take them to Sweetwaters Tented Camp because I have been there and was confident the kids would have activities there beyond game drives.

The tents are right on a watering hole that attracts many animals, and as soon as we got there, we got some visitors.

Life is pretty sweet when you can sit outside your luxury tent, sipping hot chocolate, and watching a giraffe refresh itself. Although we only spent 3 hours on a game drive, we saw some stellar wildlife. Sure, the kids pretty much acted like we were seeing these guys at the zoo, rather than in the wild, but they WERE wild.

Like fireworks and the Grand Canyon, no pictures can really do justice to seeing these guys in the wild yet up close.

Also at Sweetwaters is a Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary, although Chimpanzees are NOT native to Kenya. So these guys are NOT wild. They were, however, fun to watch.

And my kids, of course, looooooooved their camel ride!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Deborah Pulley permalink
    September 3, 2012 8:32 pm

    Did you ride a camel?

  2. April permalink
    September 3, 2012 9:29 pm

    Please tell me you took a picture of your tent! I want to see it!

    • September 3, 2012 9:41 pm

      Ha ha! It didn’t look very luxury once we had set foot inside, but you can get a good look here:
      The tents have king size beds, and then a separate portion in the back which has the bathroom, including plush bathrobes, etc. They have electricity, but the lights look like kerosene lamps. The tents are covered with a thatched room. When you are at dinner, someone comes and turns down the bed and warms it with a hot water bottle.

    • September 3, 2012 9:47 pm

      Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

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