The great migration is underway… the great Pinto migration to Kenya, that is (You can see all our photos at a glance in our Pinto Family Safari album on Facebook).
Dennis and I, along with our teens – old safari hands Sasha and Tristan – have made our annual summer pilgrimage from Manhattan to Africa to explore Kenya, a country whose landscapes and game lands have only gotten more remarkable with time.
When we touched down in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills in early July, it marked my 25th year of summers in Africa with Dennis and his remarkable parents Jane and Felix, who make their home in Nairobi and Cape Town. Having Auntie Anna and Dave along this year makes it even more special.
Every time we return we’re reminded of how expansive the definition of safari truly is.
The golden joys of Africa can be surveyed by air…
… on foot. (Of course, you can choose a more leisurely pace! The kids were trying to outsmart some of Africa’s crackerjack sniffer dogs.)
And, by safari vehicle.
On foot, however, has been our clear family favourite this year.
The complimentary Wi-Fi in Micato’s safari vehicles has made it possible for us to share our adventures on Micato’s social media channels. Of course, Wi-Fi access is a mixed blessing when you’re travelling with teenagers, but the kids have been a great help in posting our photos every day… more on that in a moment!
I can’t resist sharing one more photo here…
As Auntie Dulu, Jane Pinto’s wonderful sister, commented about this shot, “You are young only once, enjoy everything you can.”
I couldn’t agree more. What’s even better is how a safari inspires everyone and creates exceptional quality time together, which feels especially poignant to us this summer because our daughter goes off to college in the fall. I am grateful to Africa, yet one more time, for providing our family with such extraordinary memories.