Hot water bottles! The
very best touch was when hot water bottles were not just placed in bed at
night but also provided in the game vehicle for those early morning game
A qualified safari guide.This almost goes without saying but most Kenyan guides will know so
much, not just about the animals but birds too. There are now very good
'guiding' schools in Kenya where students can train for gold, silver and
bronze level awards.
An ad-hoc bush dinner or breakfast. If a lodge is able to lay on at least one
outdoor meal during your stay, this will make you stay even more
memorable. Even better when you don't have to book or prearrange this
experience, it is just laid on as a surprise.
4.Fantastic food and house drinks are included. Most safari experiences leave you groaning
from extreme indulgence.
5. Safari walks. Which
leads from the point above. A gentle walk with a guide may not bring you
into close encounters with wild animals, but will enable you to track
spore and learn a lot about local plants. An enriching experience away
from the big 5.
6. Riding safaris. You
have to pick the lodge carefully as not many offer riding safaris, but
riding out with the animals is pretty special.
7. In-car drinks and snacks. One of the highlights of an evening game drive is to park up
for 'sundowners', normally at a pre-assigned spot either on open or high
ground. A cool box magically appears with some delicious crisps or popcorn
or homemade snacks plus a choice of drinks. If you happen to be viewing a
pride of lion at the moment that the sun goes down, then drinks can be
consumed in the car!
8. The Masai or Samburu welcome. No
safari is the same without the ululating welcome of a troop of Masai or
Samburu. Cultural talks or tours to local Masai villages are also often
laid on for guests. How to spot the difference between a Masai and a
Samburu tribesman? Samburu wear beads and feathers on their heads whereas
Masai do not.
9. Hot showers and Flushing loos ensuite,
kind of go without saying. A bath is an added luxury.
10. A spacious tent. The
epitome of luxury is space and a room with a wide viewing deck or veranda
is a must for whiling away those lazy afternoons.