Running wild tomorrow, at the Safaricom Lewa half marathon

– Nairobi, Kenya

Just a quick note – this afternoon Steph and I are headed up to Lewa Downs, where we will be running the Safaricom half marathon tomorrow morning. This is a charity event, supporting conservation and education projects in Laikipia and northern Kenya. We will post a recap once we have recovered!


‘Hot Air’ ballooning over the Masai Mara

-Masai Mara, Kenya

My guests just had a beautiful balloon flight over the Mara, flying with our good friend, Captain Andrew Peart of Hot Air Safaris. Nothing can compare to gliding over the savanna at dawn, whether we see the “big five”, thousands of wildebeest during the migration, or hyena cubs playing at a den in the golden light. Ending the morning with a champagne picnic breakfast in the heart of the Mara with some very entertaining pilots is not to be missed! Thanks for the great flight, Andrew!

The wildlife at home in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya

While I am away on safari, Stephanie continues to monitor the wildlife coming and going from our home in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. As some of you may know, we have been on “lion lockdown” in the evenings due to regular visits from a few suburban lions. Today an entire troop of baboons visited the house and caused complete chaos amongst our dogs. Here is a picture of one of the male baboon thugs, caught using a camera “trap” in our garden.

The 2012 summer safari season has begun!

Visiting Solomon’s village in Amboseli, June 2012

Howard, Ollie, and Halina on safari in Amboseli, visiting Solomon’s village and the local nursery school

– Amboseli, Kenya.

We have started the 2012 summer safari season this month with two classic family trips to Kenya’s best wildlife areas, including the Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Laikipia, and Amboseli. Steph and the kids were able to join us in Amboseli for a few days last week, and we enjoyed some excellent elephant and lion viewing, as well as a visit to Solomon Ole Lenkaja’s traditional Maasai home and the Ngararambuni nursery school. Ollie and Halina love safaris more and more as each year goes by, and they are becoming excellent spotters with “macho kali” – Swahili for strong eyes.

Stay tuned for updates from the Masai Mara and Lewa Downs, where Steph and I will be running the Lewa half marathon this coming Saturday, June 30th!


Welcome to our new website and blog!

-Nairobi, Kenya

We’ve launched our new website, with a new logo and blog. As my safari interests have grown both locally and internationally, I have slightly changed my identity to reflect this growth. “Howard Saunders Safaris” has become a brand in its own right and you’ll see this clearly in the new website and other materials. While I remain a partner and director at Ker & Downey Safaris here in Kenya, I am also embracing new African and global travel interests.

All of my Kenya safaris continue to be operated with the Ker & Downey luxury safari tents that guests have so enjoyed over the years, and every hand-crafted journey that I design and run will continue to be within the top class of personalized travel available. So please explore my new website and subscribe to the blog for some exciting updates from the safari season that we just kicked off!