Right now, it’s 9:10 AM GMT, and I’m in a safari truck with two fellow guests from my lodge. On my left, a young lady hands me a silver container holding my breakfast – a tasty bacon, egg, and tomato sandwich, along with some yogurt, a banana, an apple, and crackers. Up front, our driver skillfully mixes drinks, a delightful blend of Amarula cream liqueur and hot tea. To my right, a breathtaking scene unfolds: majestic elephants and other wildlife roam freely, with the impressive outline of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. At this moment, I realize that Amboseli, Kenya, is truly special. Here I am, enjoying what might just be the best breakfast experience of my life.
My journey to this incredible place began with my stay at Tawi Lodge, nestled in the heart of Amboseli. Over four days, I embarked on an adventure that left a lasting mark on my soul.
First on my list was the Game Drive, a thrilling adventure into the wild. Our destination was Amboseli National Park, known as the “home of the African elephants.” As we entered the park, the scenery transformed into a vibrant display of natural beauty. It didn’t take long before I came face-to-face with the charming residents of the savannah – elephants, giraffes, ostriches, flamingos, buffalo, Lesser Kudu, hyenas, African eagles, and countless bird species. It was a captivating spectacle, a peek into the complex web of life in the African wilderness.
But the excitement didn’t stop there. Our journey led us to Tawi Conservancy, where nature’s wonders continued to amaze me. Here, I admired the balance of coexisting ecosystems and relished the breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The highlight was breakfast in the heart of the park, a unique experience that allowed me to enjoy my meal surrounded by the natural symphony of Amboseli.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, a new chapter of my adventure unfolded – the Sundowners. This enchanting activity quickly became a favorite. At Tawi Conservancy, just outside the lodge, we gathered in comfy camp chairs, embraced by the warmth of a crackling fire. Chilled drinks and delicious food completed the scene, but the real star was the backdrop – the awe-inspiring presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was a moment of peace, a time for reflection, and a chance to witness the sun bidding farewell in the most magnificent way.
My journey into the heart of Amboseli also allowed me to explore the rich tapestry of Maasai culture. A visit to the local Maasai community introduced me to the welcoming village chief and the fascinating Maasai way of life. Inside one of their homes, we discussed their traditions, and I learned that these homes are crafted by skilled Maasai women. The day became even more memorable as I joined in their traditional dance, a lively celebration of their heritage and unity.
On the way back, I spontaneously decided to visit a local community nursery and primary school. There, I encountered the enthusiastic faces of Maasai children, full of hope. Spending time with them and talking to a teacher offered a moving glimpse into their world. The teacher shared their urgent needs, emphasizing the importance of school supplies and access to clean water. This unplanned visit reminded me of the power of small acts of kindness and inspired me to contribute to community building.
However, the true enchantment of my stay at Tawi Lodge lay in its lodging, staff, and culinary delights. Each morning, I awoke to the majestic presence of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the gentle sounds of wildlife, a soothing natural symphony. The staff and team at the lodge weren’t just hosts; they became family. Their genuine care and warmth created a sense of belonging, with individuals like Gabriel and Chef Emmanuel leaving a lasting impression.
And then there was the food – a culinary journey of refreshing and flavorful dishes. The dedication of the culinary team was evident in every bite. With a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the lodge ensured that each meal was a delightful experience. Guests could choose from the daily menu in advance, and the chefs would work their magic, ensuring a culinary masterpiece awaited us upon our return from daily activities.
My overall experience at Tawi Lodge in Amboseli was truly exceptional. It was a journey that touched my heart, mind, and soul. From the incredible wildlife encounters to the heartwarming moments with the Maasai community, every day brought a new adventure. The lodging, staff, and food added layers of comfort and joy to this unforgettable trip. Amboseli, with its striking landscapes and incredible wildlife, offers solace to the heart, and Tawi Lodge, with its warm hospitality, becomes a home away from home. On a scale of one to ten, my experience was undoubtedly a resounding ten – and I couldn’t have asked for a better journey.