Last Saturday, my colleague Anne and I, had the chance to attend the 2nd edition of Ole Sereni’s monthly treat OLE SERENI BUSH BBQ and the experience was just fantastic to say the least. Our journey started right from the hotel’s forefront where we met this lovely lady Rachel who counter checked our names from her handbook before ushering us to a waiting van.
Our entourage consisted of groups from all walks of life one on a 32 seater and 8 seater van. Since our van had slight smaller crew we quickly introduced ourselves to one another. Our tour guide was a well informed gentleman, Benson, who also quickly introduced himself and took us through the itinerary of the day.
We ventured off at around 2:15 pm through Mombasa road before veering off the dusty ICD road all the way to the park’s East gate where we were told to produce our IDs for scrutiny and security purposes.By 3pm we officially entered the park and our guide opened the roof of our van.
Our first encounter with the wild were small gazelles which leisurely grazed in the thicket oblivious of our presence. Ten minutes into the drive, we were able to see a massive herd of giraffes overlooking the city of Nairobi and we didn’t hesitate to take photos of this picturesque site.
The lucky part was being at the right place at the right time when we caught wind of a pride of lions heading off for a lunchtime kill. It was a breathtaking moment as the lioness and her mature cubs veered off to hunt a bunch of gazelles grazing on the other side of the water hole. They broke off, chasing the gazelles but they were unlucky and they headed back to their den to indulge in their previous kill.
We ventured further and saw more wildlife including a white hippo with her kid, a herd of zebras. We then had a crazy debate on whether they were black with white stripes or white with black stripes. Our guide ended up telling us it was the latter. We also saw male and female ostriches and their chicks, a big bodied buffalo which kept looking at us fiercely but ended running off across the savannah.
Our final stop was the Impala picnic site located on a hill overlooking the savannah of Nairobi National. We were ushered in where everything was set up for us with drinks which included both international beers and assortment of blended juices which we didn’t hesitate to have. On the side the bornfire was also being set up as waited for the sun to set as the guest mingled at ease as they shared pleasantries too
Later in the evening as the sun set we were treated to a lavish dinner BBQ buffet where we got to choose from the variety of dishes on offer. My personal favourite was the portion of lamb chops which were well roasted and marinated so delightfully that I couldn’t resist from the onset. The menu also consisted of other array of dishes on offer for both non-vegetarians and vegetarians.
The experience was definitely wonderful and would recommend anyone to try it out. The Bush Barbeque happens every 1st Saturday of the month and for as little as Ksh 5000 for residents and Ksh 9000 for non-residents you get to enjoy both the game drive and the barbeque from 2pm-8pm. The next edition takes place on 7th November. I highly advice anyone with a knack of exploring the wild and some great food, to give this a shot. Ole Sereni should be your first stop come next month
image source: Ole Sereni