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Unlocking the Magic: Thrilling CME Adventures in Kenya's African Safari

Apr 18, 2024

by Tod Stillson MD

My wife and Ellen I embarked on an amazing trip to Africa about 6 months ago and it’s time to tell you a little bit about it. The trip has long been on our adventure list and involved traveling to Africa to do a safari. She had never been to Africa and I had been West Africa and Central Africa in the past doing mission work. So let me tell you about it.

Getting Ready

Before setting off on your African adventure, it's essential to pack wisely. We had to bring lightweight clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield ourselves from the African sun. Additionally, we had to up date on necessary vaccinations including yellow fever vaccines. Adequate preparation ensures a smooth and enjoyable safari experience. My wife sourced a cube based packing system that essentially allowed us to travel with carry-bon bags only-which was pretty cool!

Choosing the Right Safari

CME Away provides a range of safari options tailored to suit every traveler's preferences. Whether you're seeking an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a leisurely exploration of the savannah, their travel partner’s expert guides ensured an unforgettable experience. From classic game drives to walking safaris and hot air balloon rides, we had an amazing array of experiences. By choosing CME Away, you not only embark on an incredible safari journey but also gain access to high-quality CME activities led by renowned medical professionals. I highly recommend them!

Exploring Kenya

Kenya is a land of contrasts, boasting diverse landscapes that range from lush forests to vast savannahs. We immersed ourselves in the vibrant culture of local communities and witness the breathtaking beauty of iconic landmarks such as Mount Kenya and the Maasai Mara. We explored bustling markets, visited traditional villages, and learned about the rich history and heritage of this fascinating country.

The Big Five Encounter

No African Safari is complete without encountering the legendary Big Five: lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceroses. Our expert guides lead us on thrilling game drives, We had the chance to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. From the majestic sight of a lioness stalking her prey to the gentle giants of the elephant herds, each encounter is a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty of Kenya's wildlife. The herds of giraffes were amazing to see, as well as experiencing cheetahs and leopards in the wild!

Luxury Safari Experience

We indulged in the ultimate luxury safari experience with CME Away as we stayed in exquisite accommodations that blend seamlessly with the surrounding wilderness and savor gourmet meals prepared by talented chefs. Our safari lodges offer unparalleled comfort and elegance, ensuring a truly unforgettable stay. We relaxed in the comfort of our private tent or lounge as we soaked in the sights and sounds of the African bush—including hippos on in the river as they rose from the water in the evenings and roamed the jungle during the nighttime feeds.

Meeting Fellow Physicians

One of the highlights of joining CME Away is the opportunity to network with fellow physicians from around the world. Sharing experiences, exchanging insights, and forging lasting connections while exploring the wonders of Kenya's wildlife reserves was fantastic! From informal discussions over dinner to collaborative learning sessions during CME activities, our safari adventures provided the perfect setting for professional networking and camaraderie.

Professional Guides

Our experienced guides were passionate about wildlife conservation and dedicated to ensuring your safety throughout the safari. With their wealth of knowledge and expertise, we gained a deeper understanding of Africa's diverse ecosystems and the importance of preserving them for future generations. From tracking elusive leopards to identifying rare bird species, our guides were committed to providing an enriching and educational safari experience.

Unforgettable Moments

From exhilarating sunset game drives to tranquil bush breakfasts, every moment on safari was filled with unforgettable experiences. We witnessed the beauty of the African sunrise as we embarked on an early morning game drive, and enjoyed a leisurely picnic lunch surrounded by grazing wildlife. We captureed breathtaking photographs of Kenya's wildlife and immersed ourselves in the beauty of the natural world.

Captivating Photography

We were able to capture the beauty of Kenya's wildlife with expert photography tips from our experienced guides and fellow travelers. We learned how to frame the perfect shot and immortalize our safari memories with stunning photographs that will last a lifetime. Although we also realized our older I-phones were not nearly as good as the new models. Thankfully our group had a shared photograph file that allowed us to share close-up portraits of majestic lions to sweeping panoramas of the savannah. They all helped create lasting mementos of our African adventure.


  • What is included in the CME Away safari fees?

    The safari fees encompass a comprehensive package designed to ensure a seamless and unforgettable experience. Included in the fees are accommodation at luxurious lodges or tented camps, where you'll enjoy the comfort of well-appointed rooms or spacious tents equipped with modern amenities. Meals are also included, featuring gourmet dining experiences that showcase the diverse flavors of African cuisine.

    Additionally, the safari fees cover daily game drives led by experienced guides who will navigate the vast wilderness in search of Africa's iconic wildlife. Park fees are included as well, granting access to some of Kenya's most renowned national parks and reserves, where you'll have the opportunity to encounter the Big Five and other fascinating species.

    Furthermore, CME activities are an integral part of our safari experience, providing medical professionals with opportunities for professional development amidst the stunning backdrop of the African savannah. Transportation within Kenya and airport transfers are also part of the package, ensuring seamless logistics from the moment you arrive until your departure. Your flights to Africa and back are not included.

  • Is travel insurance necessary?

    While travel insurance was mandatory for this trip. Travel insurance can cover a wide range of situations, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, lost luggage, and travel delays.

    In the unlikely event of a medical emergency during your safari, travel insurance can help cover the costs of medical treatment, evacuation, and repatriation. It also provides coverage for unforeseen circumstances that may disrupt your travel plans, such as flight cancellations or delays due to inclement weather or other unforeseen events.

  • What happens in case of emergencies?

    Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and our experienced guides are trained to handle emergencies with professionalism and efficiency. In the event of a medical emergency, our guides are equipped with first aid supplies and communication devices to summon assistance if needed.

    Depending on the nature and severity of the emergency, our guides will assess the situation and take appropriate action, which may include administering first aid, arranging for evacuation to a medical facility, or contacting emergency services for assistance. Rest assured that you'll be in capable hands, and our team will do everything possible to ensure your safety and comfort.

  • Can I extend my stay in Kenya?

    Absolutely! Many of our guests choose to extend their stay in nearby Tanzania and Zanzibar to further explore this captivating country and its diverse attractions. Whether you're interested in additional safari adventures, cultural experiences, or beach getaways along the stunning coastline, there's no shortage of options to tailor your itinerary to your preferences.

    The CME Away team can assist you in arranging accommodations, transportation, and activities for your extended stay, ensuring a seamless transition and continuation of your African adventure. Whether you choose to venture into the rugged landscapes of the Great Rift Valley, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Nairobi, or relax on the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean, Kenya offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

  • How do I book my African Safari?

    Booking your African Safari with CME Away is easy and straightforward. Simply visit their website to explore available safari options, check availability, and secure your reservation. When you sign up, please let CME Away know that I SimpliMD sent you there!

    Once your safari is booked, they'll provide you with detailed information about your itinerary, including accommodations, activities, and what to expect during your safari adventure. They’re committed to ensuring a smooth and hassle-free booking experience, so you can focus on anticipating the excitement and adventure that awaits you in Kenya's wilderness.