The Kilimanjaro Royal Court

Amboseli Park is one of Kenya's most popular parks. The name "Amboseli" comes from a Maasai word meaning "salty dust” and is characterized by it’s breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro. Nature lovers can explore five different types of habitats here ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, wetlands with sulphur springs, savannah and woodlands. But above the environment the most magical experience you can have is staying in a Maasai community, learning about their culture and going on a motorcycle safari to discover the land through the eyes of those who have been there for thousands of years.

A zebra takes its stripes wherever it goes.

— Maasai proverb

Getting there

From Nairobi, Amboseli park is a 6 hour drive (4 hours according to Google Maps) on tarmac roads, followed by a 1 hour drive on bumpy roads. There is so much wildlife in the area that you will already see giraffes, ostriches and antilopes outside the park during your drive. The roads are extremely dusty so I highly recommend getting yourself a good 4x4, especially in the rainy season.

The daily path never ends.

— Maasai proverb

Piki Piki AKA Boda Boda

The term boda boda, which is used for motorbikes in a few East African countries, stems from a history of people using bicycles and motorbikes to carry items across land borders between countries such as Kenya and Uganda. Because this was the cheapest way to travel longer distances, bicycle taxis became affectionately named after the journey. With a hint of Swahili flare, the name shifted from border to border to boda boda.

"It is better to be poor and live long than to be rich and die young"

— Maasai proverb

Motorcycle Safari

While driving a motorcycle you soak up your environment in a completely different way than when in a car. There is nothing like the wind blowing through your hair and the dust itching in your nose (bring a bandana) as you weave through zebra's, elephants, antilopes and gazelles. I have been on many safaris in my life but experiencing Africa's wildlife like this is a completely different sensation.

"Wow"

— Sandy the Maasai mechanic

Are you looking for an off the beaten track adventure in East-Africa? Trust Nairobi-based travel agency Charlie's Travels to set you up with a trip you will never forget.

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