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A family safari and cycling adventure in Kenya and Mauritius

Lions, fly camping, schools and safaris

Kathy

Kathy

Traveller
Published on

13 Aug 2018

Read time

5 minutes

On Holiday At Il Moran

We had a great holiday starting at El Karama in Laikipia, Kenya. It was such a lovely, rustic and friendly place to stay with fantastic hosts and gorgeous food. We all loved it.

Here are some of our favourite moments:

Relaxing By The Pool At El Karama
Having fun by the pool at El Karama
Relaxing At El Karama In Laikipia
Relaxing at El Karama

Waking up with a morning call and a fresh lemon and ginger tea was lovely, and we especially loved watching the hippos climbing up the river bank on our first morning.

Hearing the lions roar at night was scary but I did get used to it!

El Karama Landscape
Beautiful Laikipia

Fly camping in Laikipia was amazing. They literally took their head chef and about another 5 staff to set up and we had our own little camp in the middle of nowhere! We didn't get much sleep that night as the lions were out and about, but it was fantastic!

Fly Camping In Laikipia At El Karama
Fly camping
Fly Camping With El Karama
Campfire

We spent some time visiting a school, which was brilliant and our children who are 17 and 15 years old were really taken with it. The whole school is funded as a charity, and these school places are for intelligent girls who could not otherwise afford to have an education. It was really good for our kids to see it. We were each assigned a “girl” who proudly showed us around their school.

Volunteering At A School In Laikipia With El Karama
Visiting Daraja School
Trip To Daraja School With El Karama
One of the girls at the school

Then it was on to Masai Mara, where the elephants greeted us at the entrance to Il Moran!

Elephants At Il Moran
Elephants greeted us at Il Moran
A Bedroom At Il Moran
Bedroom at Il Moran

Seeing the single file of zebra and wildebeest for miles and miles will definitely not be forgotten. Neither will the breakfast picnics/lunch in the savannah with our lovely driver Enos.

Sunset At Il Moran
Sunset at Il Moran
On Safari At Il Moran Elephants
On safari

Next up was the cycling around Mauritius, quite an adventure for us as a family. The scenery was very pretty but there were quite a few large lorries on the road due to it being harvesting time (for 6 months from June I think), but the traffic was respectful and gave us space.

Cycling Around Mauritius
Cycling around the coast
A Well Deserved Break Whilst Cycling Around Mauritius
A well deserved break

Lucy wasn't comfortable with the traffic so we stopped after first leg of 20 miles. There were a few stray dogs which was a bit scary at one point too, but for experienced cyclists this would be a great thing to do. Maybe we’ll try again in a few years!

Lux Le Morne Pool
Relaxing at Lux Le Morne
The Blue Waters Of Mauritius
The wilder coast of Mauritius