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I first visited kenya in 1980 during the beginning years of the new "camera safaris', I knew tkat one day I would return.

25 years later my wife and I agreed that this would be where we would celebrate our wedding anniversary. However we knew that at our advanced years, we would not be able to handle the long rides required in 1980. We agreed that if we could find a more comfortable way to travel between camps we would return to the beautiful country.

After over two months of searching the web and collecting information we found an experienced agent with almost thirty years planning trips to Kenya. One that could give us the closest thing to independent travel and let us travel at our pace in comfort.This supplier was Born Free Safari and Travel in Denver, Colorado. Living in Pennsylvania and working with an agent that far away was a scarey thought at first.However after explaining to Alana Hayden the President my desires for this type trip She and her staff delivered a most memorable trip.

We flew business class Philadelphia to Nairobi. Were met by the Born Free agent in Nairobi and driven to our "home for the next two nights". We stayed at a beautifully landscaped inn called Karen Coffee Plantation in the suburb of Karen. This area was the home of Karen Blixen who wrote Out of Africa. We recovered nicely from the long flight toured the area and had lunch at the famous Carnivoire Restaurant.On the third day, our driver took us to the airport and stayed until we were on our plane to Amboseli.

We enjoyed a private game drive to our new home for two nights, The luxury class Tortilis Lodge. The owners and staff truly made you feel a part of their family even during such a stort stay. This turned out to be our favorite camp even though the game was not as plentiful as Samburu and the Mara. Beautiful location and true luxury accomodations. I especially enjoyed my one hour massage.

From Amboselli we flew to Samburu and stayed three nights at Intrepid tented camp.
very nice facilities great game viewing and very knowledgeable guides who let you spend time viewing not just riding. Our guide was Tilis, one of nineteen children. His dad has three wives and Tilis' mother was the second wife.He is a certified naturalist and filled us with infomation.

Next we flew to the Mara and stayed outside the park In a truly luxury, primitive camp on Maasai land within walking distance to their village.When I say luxury/primitive camp I think of what luxury camping was 40-50 years ago.

We slept in tents with sewn in floors and the only cover over the tent
was Gods beautiful stars, we even could see the milky way.We had a wash basin and our hot water was kept in a one gallen thermos, cold water was in ewer. Tent also had a "bucket shower" and a gravity flush loo. only light in the camp was solar power candles and lanterns. Truly an ecological experience. We dined under a tented canopy with crystal candelabras.

Not being on park land, we were able to have a late aftwernoon game drives and finish the drive with a campfire and sundowners as we witnessed a glorious sunset over the plains . After our fire died down we returned to camp be experiencing a nightime game drive, not availabe in the parks.we still say our best dinner was at Leleshwa Camp. Iwould highly recommend Leleshwa
Camp to ant one who wants the extraordinary.

We finished our adventure at Little Governorsin the Mara, one of the top rated camps in Kenya. You reach the camp by small boat across the Mara River. The camp encircles a marsh which draws all type game. The camp's resident wildlife are the warthogs. Or last full day in the Mara, we experienced a sunrise hot air ballon ride. At the end we were treated to a champaine breakfast on the bank of the river.

The only wildlife of interest that we did not see was the Rhino. We were fortunate to witness a wildebeast crossing of the Mara from a distance od about 50 yards
we witnessed a crocadile encounter with the wildebeast.Not a pretty sight but truly nature in the raw.

If you are looking for a delux custom safari, We highly recommend Born Free Safari and Travel.

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