My husband and I went to Africa in 2016 to celebrate our 40th birthdays. I have been to Africa four times prior to this trip, but never with my husband, and never to this game park. I planned the trip start to finish to make it perfect for us. We started our trip in Nairobi, Kenya, to see my cousins who live there. Then, on to Bushtops Camp in Masai Mara. We took a flight from Nairobi directly to the camps conservatory. It was amazing right from the landing strip. Alfred and our driver met us with drinks and a snack. Charle was our driver and AMAZING! He was the driver for the BBC’s “Big Cat” show. He knows the game park incredibly well. We saw everything we wanted minus the rhino. And that was not without him trying his best. He found tracks for the rhino, dung of the rhino, and even places the rhino had eaten, but no rhino. There is only one currently in the park. Charles has been with Bushtops for seven years. Most of the employees there have been with them for a very long time. I have never seen a cheetah or a leopard in the wild and this trip I saw both!
While at Bushtops, our meals were fantastic. Everything is a la cart which is very unusual for a game camp. Every night the chef would greet us and review the specials with us. The food was impeccable. In the mornings we would be awakened with coffee or tea, whatever our preference. One morning we were scheduled for a later drive so we were asked if we wanted to watch the sunrise from our bed. Of course we did! Nothing like waking up to a breathtaking view and coffee being brought to you so you don’t have to leave the bed to enjoy it. Masai Mara did not disappoint and nor did Bushtops. BushtopsCamps.com/mara
Nicole Stephens is a freelance photographer who lives in Dunwoody and has captured great images for many Perimeter North stories. NicoleStephensPhotos.com