Our CEO’s family safari

July note from our CEO

What more could I ask for than spending time with my family (wife, children and grandchildren) on safari in Africa? I suppose I could also ask for divine food, great wine, abundant game viewing and time for introspection.

Lucky me – I really did have it all in one of my favourite safari destinations in Africa – Angama Mara Lodge in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, East Africa.

This is the perfect time to make your way to Kenya. I have just returned home and feel rejuvenated and inspired – I wish for all of you to create an opportunity for yourselves to be immersed in the magic of an East African safari.

​Read all about my experience in these articles:

What is it like to travel in Africa with kids?

My daughter Casey, documented all aspects of her family’s travels from Cape Town to Kenya. She travelled with her husband and 2 kids, ages 3 and 6. Have a look at her blow-by-blow Instagram report on the experience: Their transits, international flight, running with a Kenyan, napping on the safari vehicle and so much more. View on Instagram » OR YouTube »

A river crossing

On our first safari, on our first day in the Mara, Gwen & I saw 300 zebra crossing the Mara River. The zebras accumulated at the river’s edge and we sat and waited for 60 minutes for them to start crossing. There was a lot of stop-starts and much drama! One zebra took the plunge and the rest followed, surrounded by 35 crocs waiting for their bounty. Watch my video of the crossing »

A family affair

There is so much for families to do and learn on a safari. Surrounded by nature, immersed in new sensations, new people to learn from… no screens! Watching my grandkids experience the secrets of the African bush was such a treat. From a budding love of birds to a daily safari drive nap – experiencing a safari with them was an absolute delight. Some of our favourite moments from our trip »

Our epic list of wildlife

This is our epic list of animal sightings and some of our photos. East Africa is known for the great wildebeest migration – but the wildlife in Kenya is spectacular all year round – as proven by our fabulous list! View our epic list »

A photographer’s paradise

We loved our morning with Adam Bannister – who took some wonderful photos of us. Even more exciting was how our own photographic passions were inspired. Have a look at some of the photos taken during our trip –  and some of Leah’s too.

It’s lunchtime, hooray!

Our favorite meals were the picnics out in the Mara. There is something completely magical about eating a meal in the wilderness – the delicious food is even more delicious. And the quiet offers an opportunity to connect and listen. See more »

Birds flying high, you know how I feel

Young Leah’s newfound love for birds had her lost in a “birder’s-paradise”. The number 1 sighting was her Dad’s favourite – the Malachite Kingfisher. Have a look at some of our bird photos »

Why we keep going back

Whoever you are and whatever you are celebrating, Kenya offers the beauty, space, and experiences to create memories which will be with you for your lifetime. And the Kenyan people – well, we all fell in love, including Leah, who was devastated to say goodbye to every person, every animal, every insect. See more »

We are ready and waiting to plan this epic experience for you, your family and friends. Just get in touch: marcovanembden@tasafaris.com

With inspired regards,

Q & A with Our CEO’s family safari