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Investment consultant Bertie Cassels embraces a new frontier…Kenya

October 25, 2011Article by Ray Withers

Here at Property Frontiers we encourage all our staff to be outward looking, traveling when possible to new destinations and breaking boundaries.

With that in mind, in recognition of his hard work and client dedication, investment consultant Bertie Cassels was rewarded with a once in a lifetime trip to East Africa.

Here he shares with us how he embraced the new frontier of Kenya.

Our trip began when my girlfriend and I landed in Mombasa, Kenya. After the long flight from London we went straight to the hotel and relaxed for the first couple of days.

After a couple of days of well deserved relaxation, sunbathing and getting to know the area of Mombasa and the culture we embarked on a 3 day safari heading North West to Tsavo.

The scenery was simply stunning and the animals even more so, almost immediately we were seeing elephants, lions and loads of antelope in the wild.

From there, we drive through the Tsavo East game reserve to our hotel lodge for the evening. Voi Lodge is an extended log cabin set high up on the side of a steep hill. Having to drive through a herd of elephants to get to the main gates we checked into our hotel with unrivalled views across the plains. Waking up in the morning to see lions at the watering hole below is a far cry from PF HQ in Oxford in the morning!

The next day it was an early start to enjoy a morning drive. As it’s a little cooler one quite often sees different animals in the morning and we were lucky enough to see lion, cheetah and a huge number of giraffe, elephant and buffalo. From Tsavo East, we drove a little further to get to Tsavo West. It was here that we were expecting to see the remaining 2 of the big five!

Although Tsavo West is more dense in terms of flora and harder to see the animals, our driver Nicholas seemed to have eyes all over his head. Driving in a straight line and spotting animals is quite a skill, pointing out animals we would have missed even with the best of binoculars.

Arriving at our hotel in Tsavo West, we soon realised that the views from Voi Lodge earlier in the day were rivalled, if not bettered. Similar in design but set higher up on its on plinth, Ngulia Safari lodge is really somewhere to see. After checking in we went on our third drive of the day by which time one almost takes seeing elephants and giraffes for granted.

Then after 2 hours of driving through incredible countryside we spotted them, 2 black rhino plodding through the dense bushes! This is quite a rare sight even for the most experienced of safari goer, so seeing them on Day 2 was really amazing. With only the leopard left to see we returned to the lodge for a well earned rest!

As it happened later in the evening with a small watering hole next to the hotel, we saw the fifth of the five. At first it was one leopard that took tentative steps towards the water closely followed by two younger cats. As all the hotel guest clamoured around to take photo’s the animals didn’t seem to notice or care and were quite happy with their spot. An incredible way to finish the day!

On our final day of safari we ventured closer to the springs from the Chyulu Hills, this meant that we were able to capture some fantastic pictures of both some very big crocodiles and the mighty hippo, which happens to kill the most humans out of any of the large game animals! Seeing its open jaws, I can well believe it!

From the HIlls we headed back to Mobasa for our retyurn flight to London and were sad to say goodbye. Overall Kenya was just fantastic. It is a beautiful place with the most incredible scenery and wildlife and I would recommend any one to visit and hopefully like us will be lucky enough to see the BIG 5!

Author

Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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