If you’ve been dreaming of taking an African safari, now may be the time for you to check it off your bucket list. Start in Kenya and experience an adventure of a lifetime that includes some of the country’s most wondrous national parks that are indeed luxurious, but still ideal for a first time expedition.

Remember, good things are worth working for, so be prepared to handle some business before you leave home. There are passport, visa and vaccination requirements. Information at eVisa Passport Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help you get started. Pack light because you’ll be plane hopping between safari locations, but don’t forget the essentials like insect repellent, sunscreen, shades, a hat and light colored clothing.

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Your adventure awaits. Ready, set, go!

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Sleep under the stars at Loisaba Tented Camp in Laikipia. (Courtesy of Loisaba Tented Camp)

Your memories of camping may be from that no frills tent you slept in as a kid. Things have definitely changed in the world of adulting. Expect a big-time upgrade at the all-inclusive resort Loisaba Tented Camp in Laikipia, Kenya with its high ceilings, polished wood floors, gourmet cuisine, stylish African décor and infinity pool.

If you’re adventurous, ask for one of the beds where you can sleep under the stars on a platform. You can fish, mountain bike, horseback ride, take a guided bush walk, or a camel trek where you’ll get Instagrammable moments and bragging rights, for sure.

Whether at night or during the day, the game drive is the absolute best. You’ll have the awe of a 5 year-old, getting excited about giraffes, elephants, zebras and dik diks that look like Bambi. You’ll learn to love the “African massage” otherwise known as the bumpty-bump of driving on the local rugged terrain. Enjoy the perfect ending to a safari by watching a sunset in the bush while enjoying Sundowners (light bites) and sipping on a Tusker (local beer), champagne, gin and tonic, or Dawa, a classic vodka-doused Kenyan cocktail.

 

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