Julia Busch-Hansen – Kenya Multi Generation celebration (Dec 2019)

Kenya beach and safari, multi generation family holiday

With a 15 month head start, Travel With Jules organised a multi-generational family group of 15 people to return to Kenya, where we used to live for my mother’s 80th birthday celebration (Jill). Expectations were high and Jules delivered! Loldia House and Medina Palms were perfect places to relax & unwind.

Jill O’Rorke : We had a wonderful family holiday in Kenya with Beach, Safari at Samburu and finally a relaxing few days at the end 2 weeks in all. Everything went to plan and was a Holiday of a lifetime for the family – 15 of us of varying ages. I recommend Travel With Jules wholeheartedly

Christmas on the beach

The idea was to first relax at the coast, near to where we knew in Watamu, so we could visit friends over Christmas. Jules’ suggestion of Medina Palms worked well, with high end accommodation, peace and tranquility on site and good quality food. Half board suited us well.

Elephants of Samburu

We then flew to Samburu, an area my mother knew, but to a camp we did not know. It was incredible luxury in the bush and lived up to its name ‘Elephant Bedroom Camp’ as we saw elephants from our tents every lunchtime when we were in camp. Viewing elephants from your private hot tub is quite an experience!

The food was incredible and the staff very attentive. A tented spa was also well used by our group. Dancing with the Samburu staff in their local costumes on New Year’s Eve was unexpected fun and we returned the favour with the hokey kokey, the macarana and other such hits!

We saw all the wildlife we hoped for (except lion) and including the ‘special five’ seen only in Samburu. Transfers by private charter plane are definitely the way to travel.

Relaxing at Lake Naivasha

We finished up relaxing on the north shore of Lake Naivasha in Loldia House, which we are familiar with from previous visits. Here we saw mating giraffe followed by sun downers high above the lake, plus an early morning boat trip where the boatman called and we fed fish to a nearby Fish Eagle. Loldia House is familiar to us and feels so much like home away from home. The new swimming pool has amazing views over Lake Naivasha and yet is tucked up out of the way from the original landscaped garden – brilliant. It also has a massage therapist.

Horse riding in Kenya

We then drove to back to Nairobi after 7 of us rode horses on the other side of the lake!

Planning this trip of a lifetime

The booking process went well – from sharing our ideas – then coming up with suggestions for us to consider. This included a safari location we didn’t know about (Elephant Bedroom Camp) & asking for sole use of Loldia House and negotiating house drinks inclusive. We were relieved to find out that 10 new flights were secured for us to Malindi on Christmas week, after the previously booked airline was grounded. A big plus to have Travel With Jules sort this out for us!

Highlights of this holiday

  • Watching elephants most days from our hot tubs in camp before & after lunch – both across the river and next to our tents!
  • Having spa treatments in camp & dancing with the staff in local costumes, over New Year’s Eve!
  • The private charter flight transfer from Samburu to Loldia – definitely the way travel should be – no hassles!
  • Medina Palms allowed us to visit Ocean Sports to meet friends & sing carols on Christmas Eve, but we enjoyed sleeping somewhere more peaceful!
  • Sun downers on the farm over looking Lake Naivasha, after seeing mating giraffe, has to be a highlight!
  • Being taken by the House boatman out on the lake early in the morning, buying fish from local fishermen & then him calling the fish eagle to come to pick up the fish from us!