When I was young, watching National Geography was an exciting family time for me and my brothers, we would see wild animals in the African Savannah, roaming free and wild like the film the Lion King. Thus, I always harbour this dream to go to the safari and watch wild animals in their wilderness.

When I got the chance to go to Kenya for a working trip, of course I was extremely excited to finally be able to fulfill my childhood dream to go to the Safari. We went to the Great Rift Valley, a vast Savannah geography. Our tour guide called Mr Lee, a Korean that felt in love with the laid back nature of Kenya 7 years ago and became a tour operator as a living. He brought us to the Crescent Island, a huge Savannah land home for thousands of vegetarian animals (which means no lions or any dangerous animals). Though what’s interesting about this Island is, it is one the few place where tourists can do safari nature walk, rather than be inside a caged car.

We took a boat ride to Crescent Island, along the way there were birds of all shape and sizes taking a rest on the water plants, while up on the sky there were huge eagles scouting for their next meal. Out of the sudden, one of our team cried:”oh, Hippo!” A group of Hippo taking a quiet dip in the lake, they were huge, with large blunt teeth showing while they yawned. There were also water goats on the shallow side of the lake, their heads turned attentively to us, looking curiously while munching the water plants.

The feel of the Savannah was obvious the moment we reached Crescent Island. Our Kenyan guide, Mr. Simon, explained to us the history of the place. It is actually a private farm where wild animal are free to venture and breed. The view was spectacular as we reached the peak of the Island’s hill, from afar, I saw rows and rows of soft dry grass, wild animals running around freely like little black dots, beyond was the huge Naivasha Lake against the backdrop of the distant mountains of the Great Rift Valley.

The cactus plants were enormous, in fact they were huge like big trunks of trees. The island were never short of wild animals, at one side we saw a group Gazelles sprinting effortlessly that the rhythm created was harmonious. On another side, we saw a wild beast carelessly minding his own business at the lake shore. While walking, our team were in shocked to see a huge carcass of a snake, our guide told us the snake was killed by Hyenas the night before. The scene of the snake were horrible, bloody.

The most amazing moment for me was seeing giraffes walking tall and gracefully, I was in awe. There’s something calming about watching at giraffes, they are the most elegant creature that I ever seen. Everything they do seems gentle, like the time is clocked backward. As we reach to the plain flat land, more and more animals appeared. There were group of zebras looking at us curiously as if we were aliens from Mars, a herd of wild beasts running around from one plains to another, while at another site were an amusing scene of two Gnu fighting with each other to win over the heart of the female Gnu (as told by the guide), and nearby the shore were two brown horses which was formerly owned by the Island’s owner.

The cooling weather were a perfect balance to the piercing hot sun. We rested a while under a tree with its branches lie low forming a shady canopy. We were told the area that we sat were used as one of the location for the famed ”Out of Africa” movie. The movie won scores of Oscar awards. After rest, we resume walking and got back to the boat where we rode back to our vehicle. We stopped by a country club to catch for late lunch. The architecture had a very colonial-built, exuberated elegance in the cold harsh Savannah. It reminded me of a forgotten era where Europeans would spend their Summer at the Safari while resting for a cup of good English tea at the club.

At the end of the Safari tour, although we were exhausted, we had a great time. I learned a lot about wild animals and the importance of preserving their wild habitats.

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