In the age of Instagram, photos have taken a more central role in our lives in a previously unprecedented way. Whether it’s a casual selfie or a professional shoot, photos capture special moments in our lives and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to share those moments with our friends and the world at large. In fact, the 2014 annual Internet Trends’ report by Mary Meeker showed that people uploaded an average of 1.8 billion photos every day. However, do not mistake quantity for quality. Especially for all you travel enthusiasts out there, it’s time you learned how to take pictures on your travels like a real pro. It’s only fair to the places you visit that they’re presented true to their beauty.

 

ALL YOU NEED IS YOUR PHONE

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that anyone reading this probably owns a smartphone and that it has a camera. That’s all you need to take amazing pictures on your travels. No need to invest in expensive camera equipment. Not only does it hurt your finances but imagine walking along a scenic beach with a tripod stand and a heavy backpack in the hope of taking a few photos of yourself at said beach. Furthermore, carrying around such equipment can make you a target of theft in some parts of the world.

Smartphones come with good enough cameras to take breathtaking pictures and even do some post editing for that extra piece of quality. If in doubt, the tips that follow will help you get the best out of your phone’s camera.

 

Smartphone

Man Hiking

 

Recent studies have shown just how detrimental sitting for long periods of time is to one’s health. Sitting has been linked to health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, and sugar, excess fat especially around the waist as well as unusual levels of cholesterol. So even before we get into it, simply getting up and traveling at least means you’re not sitting down at your desk for those long hours every day of your working life. That’s one health benefit right there and a number of scientific studies tell us we are just getting started. Oh, and traveling for business doesn’t count. Sorry.

 

TRAVELING IS CLOSE TO YOUR HEART

Other than the fact that your heart races a bit with excitement when you daydream about that perfect vacation, a study done by the Global Commission on Aging found that women who take it upon themselves to travel at least two times in a year were significantly less likely to suffer a heart attack compared to those who travel about once in a decade. Men who did not take a holiday trip at least once a year were 30% more susceptible to heart disease and 20% more likely to die. Traveling could literally save your life.

 

A true diamond in the rough, Tree Tops Lodge is located in the Aberdare Range National Park. The lodge rests 1,966 meters above sea level on the Aberdare Range with Mt. Kenya within viewing distance.Tree Tops is a unique coming together of nature and history. This little sanctuary is built around the sacred Mugumo tree which grows right through the lodge. Furthermore, the lodge is strategically located along an elephant migration route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt. Kenya and also overlooks a natural waterhole and saltlick making it ideal for viewing game.

Tree Tops was initially built in 1932 as the first game viewing lodge built on stilts in Kenya before it was razed to the ground by Mau Mau rebels in the 1950s. However, this did not damper the resilience of the lodge as it soon rose from the ashes. Most notably, though, is that in 1952 Princess Elizabeth visited Tree Tops as a princess and left as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. This is after while at the lodge she received news that her father, King George V had passed away in his sleep. So what makes Tree Tops good enough for royalty?

 

Tree Tops Lodge

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino passed away on 19th March 2018 at 45 years due to age-related complications. Well, veterinarians performed a sort of euthanasia, so to speak, after Sudan’s age-related complications proved too much for the poor “lone bachelor”. Doubtless, after his status as the last male northern white rhino was made official in 2014 most probably a thought occurred to you, “I should make a point of seeing this rhino before it’s too late,” but you kept procrastinating the planning of your Kenyan safari and here we are. Now it’s too late. As a tribute to the late Sudan, here are a few endangered species that you can see in Kenya before it’s too late.

 

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino

 

 

1. King Lion

  

Yes, the great African lion is listed as vulnerable. Arguably the face of wildlife in Africa, the African lion is now mostly found in Chad, Angola, Tanzania, and Sudan despite at one time having ruled all of Africa, southwest Asia, and even parts of Europe. In Kenya, there are decent populations of lions in the Great Rift Valley and on the southern border. Take a trip to Masai Mara National Reserve and you’ll be sure to spot a number of lions doing what they do best - ruling the jungle.

 

African lion

 

2. The Grevy’s Zebra

 

Not only is the Grevy’s zebra threatened but it’s also only found in Kenya and Ethiopia. The imperial zebra, as it’s also known is the largest of the three species of zebra the other two being the plains zebra and the mountain zebra. The good news is that reports have shown that imperial zebra populations are actually on the rise in Kenya. But the fact of their exclusivity to Kenya and Ethiopia only adds to the appeal of seeing these zebras. Samburu National Park is ideal for spotting this rare species of zebra.

 

Grevy's zebra

 

 1.    Sarova Saltlick Game Lodge

Famed as one of the most photographed lodges in the world the Sarova Saltlick Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary that overlooks the Tsavo Plains. The lodge is also known for its unique architecture that also serves as the passageway for elephants. The buildings are raised by pillars and encircle water holes where animals come to drink water. An ideal setting for your safari holiday in Kenya.

 

Suites

Sarova Saltlick offers 96 Standard Suites on raised stilts with hot and cold running water and bathrooms en-suite. The rooms are tailored to meet your preferred occupancy with options for double, twin or triple beds.

 

 

 

Dining

Bura Restaurant is the main dining area with buffet style cuisines that draw inspiration from Pan-African, Pan-European, and Pan-Asian styles. Vura Bar Lodge is set above the restaurant with a spectacular view of the waterhole and the expansive grassland that surrounds the lodge. A perfect setting to unwind. The lodge also offers experiential dining with meals served in the wild.

 

 

Activities

Set out on game drives in the morning, afternoon or even at night where you may see waterbucks, impalas, zebras, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos among others. There are also over 600 species of birds indigenous to the region for birdwatchers to enjoy. The lodge features a Tulia Spa typical of the Sarova brand to further relax and unwind.

Pull up a chair and enjoy the dreamy views in our 7-days Awesome Kenya Safari Package.

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