Apart from shooting wildlife – with a zoom lens. Hint: never use the digital zoom, only the optical, and it had better be long, at least 400mm equivalent.
• take an early balloon ride ending with a champagne breakfast. Sounds terrific but actually cold, noisy and expensive though the panoramic views are pretty good.
• if you’re lucky enough to be in a luxury camp or lodge there may be a wellness centre, massages, swimming pool, jacuzzi and so on.
• visit Maasai villages. This can range from pathetic, dress-up charades by village kids for budget tour groups or really fascinating excursions to meet and learn about the real thing. The difference is cost and connections.
• Walking and Hiking: Mount Kenya is a common target, as are the few walking wildlife parks. ‘ Mt Elgon and Ngong Hills are also good, less frequented hiking areas.
• Walking with Wildlife: Mount Kenya Park (alpine vegetation); Lake Bogoria (hot springs and antelope); Hell’s Gate (scenic gorge and plenty of wildlife). All are accessible by public transport from Nairobi.
• You can’t take a walk, bike ride or go jogging when out in the wilds at a tented camp. This is wild life, red in tooth and claw! At our camp in the Mara we had to walk with an armed guard at night. One guest that took a moonlit stroll a few months earlier was killed by a Cape Buffalo.
However, walking with a guide – or even without on occasion – is possible in some parks such as Hell’s Gate, obviously places where Cape buffalo and lions are not commonly found lurking on the sidelines.