I’ve seen pictures of lions. I’ve watched nature shows. Still, I had no idea what a lion’s roar out on the African savannah would feel like in my chest until I went on a real African safari. It’s truly a unique experience being out in an open-air Land Cruiser traveling around while so many animals are roaming free around you. The staff at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara assured me I’d see a lot on my safari and wow, they delivered on that promise.

On my journey, I encountered antelope, buffalo, leopards, hippos, elephants, and my favorite, the warthogs. With no windows or obstructions in my way, I even got a selfie with that roaring lion. What’s really nice about a safari at the Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara is that since it’s located on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, the safaris and vehicles are limited. That means it’s an exclusive and personal experience, with no lines of cars.

For an extra layer of adventure, try one of the night safaris. Hear the animal sounds all around and see through the vast darkness with the help of an infrared spotlight. This was the most exhilarating part of my safari experience—especially when I watched a pride of lions playing only feet from us. I was incredibly excited to get back to my luxury accommodations and share these once-in-a-lifetime video shots.

Here’s my video safari of the experience—by day and by night:

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