Kimana Travel Guide

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Kimana Things to Do

  • Nyati - Buffalo

    African buffalo is large bovine and its ancestry remains unclear. It is not ancestor of domestic cattle and owing to its unpredictable nature is highly dangerous to humans. The African buffalo have never been domesticated! It is very robust specie with long and stocky body and short but thickset legs. Savannah buffalo weigh up to 900 kg. and its...

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  • Simba - Lion

    Lion is one of the five big cats, and the second biggest living cat after the tiger. It belongs to vurnerable species, having seen a major population decline of 30-50 percent during the second halh of the 20th century. They inhabit savannah and grassland, and unlike other cats is very social. Groups of female lions hunt together, preying mostly on...

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  • Kuro - Waterbuck

    Waterbuck is large and gregarious antelope which form herds consisting up to 30 individuals. These groups are either nursery herds with females or bachelor herds. As a specie it can not tolerate dehydration and thus inhabits areas close to sources of water. The ancestral home of the Waterbuck is considered to be the eastern coast of Africa. There...

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  • Tembo - Elephabt

    I was very lucky because an huge elephant pack, consists of more than forty animals, have obstruct the road on our way back to the camp. Some of this gigantic animals stood no far than three or four meters from our car and I had enough time to snap lots of fantastic pics. After five minutes, our driver became very concerned because some of the...

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  • Twiga - Giraffe

    When I saw them for the first time my impression was, they look alike to skyscrapers. One thing is for sure, you cannot miss giraffe in savannah first because of their height and second because of the colors of their skin which makes them visible from a far distance.Did you know that giraffes never sleeps, most of the time they eat or ruminate....

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  • Nyumbu - Wildebeest or Gnu

    Wildebeest, also called gnus, are a genus of antelopes and inhabit eastern Africa, from Kenya down to SA. There are several subspecies and Kenya is dominated by Blue Wildebeest, which is the biggest of all. It is also the most abundant big game species in East Africa, both in population and biomass. The population trend is stable and their number...

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  • Pundamilia - Zebra

    This cute but timid, white & black stripped animal can be seen everywhere around the game reserve, it is persistently following herds of wildebeest (called also gnus) because of their ability to find fresh pasture. Again and again I am amazed by the mother nature and the balance it preserves. Such a huge number of zebras are created in order to...

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  • Kiboko - Hippopotamus

    For a close encounter with a hippopotamus we had to leave the vehicle and walk few hundred meters. Our guide was a local Maasai who is familiar with the territory but also, who knows well the malignancy for which the hippo is known. He immediately warned us to be extremely careful when getting closer to the water where hippo lives. The small lake...

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  • Wildebeest & Zebra

    Wildebeest often graze in mixed herds with zebra, which gives heightened awareness of potential predators. They are also alert to the warning signals emitted by other animals, such as baboons. This grouping strategy reduces predation risk because larger groups decrease chance of being hunted and predators are more clearly seen in open areas....

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    I knew giraffe is tall animal but had no idea she is that amazingly tall, dominating whole landscape like city skycrapers. My guide told me many facts about it which I never heard. Giraffe never sleeps, she just close her eyes for a few minutes during the day. She never drink a water, taking it from the leafs most of the time. If very dry season...

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  • First tour of the game reserve

    Our first tour started immidiate after lunch and we were all very excited. I felt like a small boy after getting favourite toy, it was the real start of my African adventure hoping not to be the last one. There were only six of us in matatu and we had plenty of room to take the pictures out of its open roof. Cannot be sure but I made probably more...

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  • Sunrising

    Sunrising at Kimana looks spectacular, breath-taking, fabulous..., something I'll never forget! It starts with the poor light, yellow in colour, changing to to blue very slowly. After few minutes the sky is coloured completely in yellow and it looks just amazing, never before have seen such a colours of the sky.Sunrise about six in the morning, no...

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Kimana Restaurants

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    Leopard Lodge restaurant: Much better food than in my hotel

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 9, 2015

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    When one go on safari then his thoughts are possessed of what might expected in the savannah and what will be able to see there, accommodation and food in that context are absolutely irrelevant. After all, the excitement and adrenaline doses were too high to think on food.
    Restaurant is located in the central lodge where there is another bar and a large lounge for relaxation, all decorated in a typical African style.

    Favorite Dish: For me the most important is that the restaurant is clean, bright and airy, and the Leopard Lodge has all those attributes. Given that we were doing a lunch break, we received three meals a day. Each meal was offered several different dishes of free choice and the amount has not been limited because everyone was taking food alone. With each meal went the fruit, dessert, bottle of water and juice of choice.

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Kimana Nightlife

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    Leopard Lodge bar: Nice ambient and inexpensive drinks

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 9, 2015

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    Nightlife in the wilderness of savannah really does not offer any special election, sipping drinks at the bar and chat, staring into the watering place and expecting that there something exciting might happen or swimming in the small pool in the garden.
    There is another option which was my favorite. I'd stretched a blanket on the grass in front of the bungalow and watch the starry sky. Never before I've seen the sky so thickly dotted with stars and which are placed so low. The sky above the savannah is simply lovely and look extremely exciting.
    Only for what I regret is that our hosts did not organized campfire with a bit of local Maasai folklore.

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Kimana Transportation

  • Going on safari

    There are two types of safari vechicles, one is small zebra-look truck for approximately 15 people and the other is matatu with open roof for taking pictures which can take six to maximum eight people. I did safari in matatu with open rooftop together with six other people and it was very comfortable and spacious for both, ride and taking pictures.

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  • Getting to Kimana Lodge

    Hm, those who finished their safari experience couldn't hide how much they envy us who just came over. I am sure it was quite the same with us when we went back to Bamburi, as I am concerned it was.After relatively short and dusty ride we get to our base at Kimana game reserve. Nice place with plenty of greenery, that was my first impression.

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  • Flying to Kimana

    We departured to Kimana by this small jet from local airport nearby Bamburi. Hm, it was my first experience and just before departure there was heavy rain in whole that area. Most of the passengers were a bit worried but this guys, local pilots, have lots of experience flying in all possible conditions. They welcomed us with huge smiles and our...

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Kimana Local Customs

  • Hemingway Museum

    We stopped for a break in a shadow of on huge tree, which happens to be the open air museum. Besides the skeletons of a big fives, there was a forester who escorted one family in wlaking tour throughout the game reserve. Didin't know it is possible, otherwise would like to do it myself because it is definetely the best way for exploring the...

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  • First thing first in the morning

    This is very funny pic, unfortunatelly not perfectly clear because I took it under the first day light from the top of safari minibus in riding. Tembo (elephant), is doing the very same thing men do after waking up. What was even more funny to me, the elephant went aside of a group, lol.

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  • Guarded by Maasais

    I saw this guy, dressed in the traditional Maasais colours, as soon as we entered into the lodge area. He was strolling around armed with the spear and wooden mace. When I asked him to stop and pose me, he did it gladly but never saying a word. After dinner we stayed in the bar sipping white wine, which wasn't bad at all. It was time to go to bed...

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Kimana Warnings and Dangers

  • Dust, dust and even more dust

    Amboseli and the surrounding area must be one of the dustiest places on earth. After a day in the field we usually looked like chimney sweeps, and afterwards black rivers vanished in the shower plughole. We had quite a fascinating experience when all of a sudden a storm came up. First the hills in the distance mysteriously vanished, and as the wind...

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  • Changing money at the bank

    Going to the only bank in Oloitokitok is quite an experience. The first time we changed money there it took more than an hour to change a few dollars. They told us they had to wait for the exchange rates to be sent from Nairobi, then the registration numbers of every single dollar note were written down, and eventually nearly every employee at the...

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Kimana Off The Beaten Path

  • Maasai kids

    The first thing you notice is that all kids are terrible dusty, which is not surprising because they live in an area that lacks water. Next thing you notice that they are very close and friendly and if overcome by sentimentality it will not be easy to get rid of them. Maasai are a proud people who cherishes their traditional way of life and do not...

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  • Trading with Maasais

    Most of the souveniers, you see all over Kenya, coming out from Mombasa where huge factory is situated. The employes in the factory are mostly disable people and it is good effort of the Kenyan government in order to ecourage them for being part of the society.But then, all this souveiers look alike, no matter if you buy them north in Nakuru or...

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  • Maasai village - fire making

    Oh yeah, firing is another job which is striktly men's duty. Nowadays most of the Maasais use matches to make fire, however, they learn to do it in a traditional way in case they left without matches somwhere in the savannah. Bellow, on the pictures, you can see the demonstration of making fire done by group of young Maasai warriors. It works but...

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Kimana Favorites

  • Kimana Lodge

    My two weeks package included Maasai Mara game reserve, which is a must see when visiting Kenya. However, when I got to Mombasa my agent informed me it is not possible, offering me to visit Kimana instead. I was pretty much disappointed knowing nothing about, actually never heard of it before. After about two hours of flying in a small jet we...

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  • Up close and personal with elephants

    The most impressive memory I will take back from Oloitokitok are the encounters with the elephants. The Amboseli elephants have been studied by Cynthia Moss and Joyce Poole for around 30 years, so they are used to people and cars and usually did not take much notice of us. Most of the time they were pretending to ignore us, but what gave them...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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