11 messages

Omondi Ouma

Having lived in Kenya the whole of my life, my knowledge of the destinations around is matched only by my passion for all that Kenya has to offer. As a safari specialist, I will not only recommend the best places for you to visit but also tell you when to go (and when not to).

At Khanga Safaris, we hand pick lodges and camps that give you superb experiences, superior service and in incredible locations. I love travelling around the country to seek out new and exciting experiences and destinations for our guests.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in exclusive classic wildlife and beach safaris for couples, friends, families and individuals; we don't do group joining safaris. We work with our clients to design their ideal itineraries; after which, we organize all the aspects of their safaris-from airport transfers, accomodation, meals and transport during the entire safari.

In addition to that, we creatively encompass other activities like Boat Rides, Cultural Visits, Balloon Rides, Bike Rides, Guided Nature Walks, City Tours, Sports and Specialty Hobbies into our safari itineraries; to enhance the experiences.

Literally, we handle all destinations in Kenya; from the Southern Coast Beaches or Gede Ruins to the crying stones of Kakamega and Kit Mikayi of Kisumu. And better still, we are increasingly exploring new areas and activities to add to the list."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My early life, until teenage, was spent in the western parts of Kenya. When I got the chance to visit the Rift Valley and Eastern parts of Kenya, during a Geography Class trip, it was a big one! Ever since, I have loved exploring new places within and without the country. The food, the landscapes, the people — it is just so interesting and exciting. I realized that it's something I would do the rest of my life while helping others plan their travels across Kenya too."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Back in 2004, my two friends and I went on a one month-long road trip in a Peugeot 504 sedan; we were not even sure whether the car would survive the circuit.

Our road trip began in Nairobi, down to Voi then into Amboseli through to Taveta. We crossed into Tanzania; went to Moshi, spent a few days in Arusha then came back to Nairobi.

We then crossed over to the West of Kenya; visited Southern Nyanza and crossed the border again into Tanzania, via Isibania, to Mwanza for a day. We drove back into the country and shifted to Kisumu, my hometown, then moved north to Kakamega, Kitale and further upwards into the lands of Pokot and Samburu. Interacting with these communities was very pleasing.

Our trip moved to Lodwar for a few days. While in Lodwar, we went further north to Lake Turkana. After a few days, we came back to Kitale, moved to Eldoret, Bungoma and spent a night at Malaba. The following days, we crossed into Uganda; moved around Jinja and even visited the source of River Nile. This was the last point on our itinerary, after which, we drove back to Nairobi.

I cannot forget this trip because it was a big eye opener for me; it gave me a better understanding of the region and the cumulative experience was unrivalled."