Lynne Holmes and her husband chose Kenya for a combination of wildlife safari and relaxing beach break. On arrival, she was surprised to meet Susan Bashford, also from her hometown of Peterborough in the UK. The two become good friends on the road, and developed a great affection for Kenya along the way…
Lynne Holmes and Susan Bashford both live in Peterborough in East
Yorkshire, England. They had never met until they both found themselves
on Safari in Kenya. Both Lynne and Susan were looking for a beach break with a difference. They had taken beach holidays in Europe, but in Kenya saw the chance to also go on safari and experience the wilderness and wildlife.
They both booked through a 14 day safari and coastal holiday package through a local travel agent. On arrival in Nairobi, they were both surprised to find they would be travelling with their fellowhometown residents. “We got on like a house on fire” they explain.
Together, they enjoyed a week’s safari. A definite highlight was Amboseli. “The elephants were incredible” Lynne says “ I loved the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat…all of the wildlife was incredible, much more than I had expected”
The facilities and services within the parks were also an unexpected surprise. “The quality and standards were absolutely world class everywhere we went…I had been worried as I do not like creepy crawlies at all and had been concerned that Africa meant insects..I ended up not seeing any”.
Before moving on to the coast, the two couples spent a day in Nairobi. They visited the Giraffe Centre and Animal orphanage on the outskirts of the city. “That was a favourite moment” Susan says “Stroking a cheetah in the Animal Orphanage, something that I never thought I would ever find myself doing”
They flew to the coast, to spend a further week at Shanzu, on the North Coast. Resting by the beach, and exploring the craft markets and the historic city of Mombasa, was a perfect way to end their trip.
Sitting on her hotel verandah overlooking the Indian Ocean and looking back on her trip, Lynne enthuses “I can’t fault anything… everything has run so smoothly…Every place we have been there has always been something to see and do”
They are planning to stay in touch when they get home, and would both like to return to Kenya. “We’ll definitely look into it” Susan says, “everything has been perfect”
At precisely 6pm, the pianist in the bar behind them starts playing “You see” she says “That’s service…you can set your watch by him…”