Since 2006, I have owned and operated a travel planning company called Chimera Travel, through which I plan international, experiential travel. During my time as a travel planner, I’ve assisted clients in traveling to six different continents, on everything from honeymoons in Europe to safaris in Africa to family reunions and more.

I have traveled to six continents and over 40 countries. I love connecting with people through local culture, experiences, activities, food, festivals, history, and so much more. You can check out some of my recent personal travel experiences over on my travel blog, TraveLuxe.

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Travel Photo of the Month

Lion drinking in the Masai Mara


 
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Masai Mara, Kenya

Image: Prepping for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Mara.

The Masai Mara National Reserve sits in Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. You can find animals ranging from big cats (lions, leopards) to elephants and rhinos, wildebeest, antelope, hippos, zebras, giraffes, and plenty else. It’s one of the countries in which you can view the Great Migration, and it offers a range of accommodations, from basic tented camps to luxury “camp” resorts, that offer all the conveniences of a 4 or 5 star hotel resort, but with tented rooms (plumbing and electricity included). 

Recommendations/Tips: 

  • If you’re looking for a luxury “camp” resort, I highly suggest the Sarova Mara (Edward from the resort was our guide, and he’s amazing). 

  • Do the sunrise hot air balloon ride. Book through your resort or a reputable tour company, to ensure the best quality/service.  It’s one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve ever had, anywhere. 

  • You can drive or fly to the Mara from Nairobi. Driving, I’ve been told, is rocky and a bit arduous (note: suggest a driver, not driving yourself!). Flights are only about 40-45 minutes, but they’re commuter flights, so land and take off several times throughout. Because they don’t go super high, flights are not pressurized, so if you get altitude sickness/air sick they may not be the most pleasant. 

  • “Peak” viewing time is during the dry season of July - October, but it’s also the coolest. I went in the end of February, and while we had evening storms, the days were warm and dry, and because off the evening rain, the animal viewing was plentiful! 

  • Masai  Mara is easy to combine with Tanzania, and I highly suggest doing so. In fact, I have a tour operator contact and friend in Tanzania, and am happy to provide his info if you are interested in adding Tanzania to your trip!