We always love hearing about what our Timbuktu Travellers get up to on their trips, and of course, what they thought of the lodges they stayed at. This month we’re taking a look at James and Michael’s incredible trip to Rwanda & Kenya. Designed with the help of Timbuktu travel guru Kat, it was a particularly special trip for the couple and a celebration of their decision to adopt in 2018. We wish them the best of luck for the future, and hope to see them back in Africa one day as a family!
Here’s what they had to say about their trip of a lifetime, and a sneak peek at some of their envy-inducing photos…
Our summary to friends and family was: ‘best trip of our lifetime’, ‘absolutely incredible’, and ‘can’t wait to return as soon as possible.’ The trip will forever be a special memory for us.
First stop Rwanda
2 nights at Virunga Lodge
After a good night’s sleep at the Lazizi Premiere in Nairobi, James and Michael jetted off to Rwanda for two nights at Virunga Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. Not only is the lodge in an excellent location for trekking the gorilla families that call the park home, the views are, quite simply, phenomenal. Think panoramic vistas of shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Buhera, framed by the spiky crests of the Virunga volcanoes… And we think Michael and James rather enjoyed it too!
Quick stop in Nairobi
1 night at Hemingways
Before heading across to Amboseli for their first safari, Michael and James squeezed in a night at the wonderful Hemingways Hotel in Nairobi. A tranquil hideaway amidst the beeping horns, the suites are elegantly luxurious, the food is top-notch and the attractions of Karen are on the doorstep if you have time for a spot of sightseeing.
Into the hills
4 nights at Ol Donyo Lodge
Next up for James and Michael was four nights at Ol Donyo Lodge in Amboseli. Looking out over one of the most iconic scenes in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, framed by swirling mists, herds of ellies ambling past – the incredible range of activities includes game drives amongst the phenomenal wildlife, nature walks, and even horseback safaris. But that’s only if you can drag yourself away from the incredible interiors at the lodge…
Last stop: Masai Mara
4 nights at Cottars 1920s
All good things have to come to an end, and James and Michael finished their trip with a bang in the Masai Mara. They chose to stay in the fabulous Cottars 1920s, located in a private conservancy just outside the famous reserve. Run by fifth-generation Kenyans who have long had a hand in the safari industry, the camp is a wonderful mix of adrenalin, adventure and comfort with everything from game drives and community visits, to bubble baths under the trees!
Virunga Lodge and the gorillas in Rwanda were magical, Ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya is truly unparalleled, and Cottars 1920s in the Masai Mara was truly unique and memorable. We are grateful for the expertise, impeccable service, and ability to suit all tastes and budgets offered by Timbuktu.