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Masai Mara

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It is hard to believe that it was already a week ago that I left Kenya! However, I figured that I should retrospectively write one last brief entry on my final weekend in the country. I think this entry will mostly consist of photos, because words really can't do justice to capture some of the natural wonders that I was lucky enough to have seen on my safari in the Masai Mara game reserve. I left Migori by bus on Saturday morning and after a full day of travel, arrived at the camp in Masai Mara that evening. I was placed in a group with 8 other tourists, ironically all solo travelers like me. We were able to go on a brief hour game drive that night to get a taste for it. We saw animals such as impala, topi, wildabeast, zebra, giraffes, and vultures. The next day we all woke up bright and early so that we could head out into the park for a full day game drive (7am-5pm). We were extremely lucky on our tour as we were able to see some rare sights including a leopard in a tree, a pair of young lions feeding on a buffalo, and the largest type of antelope called eland (notorious for being shy). Some of the other animals we saw that day included hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo, ostriches, a cheetah, and a python. The following day we woke up at 5am so that we could have a short morning game drive before packing up and leaving camp. The early rise was worth it though as we were lucky enough to see a black rhino! With only 6 in the entire park, it is pretty rare for a safari group to get to see them. They are actually surprisingly ugly; like big pigs with huge nostrils and horn. That morning we also saw a cheetah stalk and kill a young cow. So cool! By the way, did you know that "safari" is the Swahili for "journey"?
After the early morning game drive on Monday we had a quick breakfast, loaded our luggage into the van, and then walked to the nearest Masai Village for a tour. We had to pay 1000 shillings to get in, but the money went to the local school at least. The men in the village all came out and performed a traditional Masai song and dance for us, which more or less consisted of men in bright orange and red sarongs chanting in deep gutteral tones and jumping up and down. They then proceeded to split us up into small groups and showed us inside their houses. The buildings are small and simple, made from a mixture of mud and cow dung. The houses are built in a large circle with all of the village's cattle kept in the middle of the ring of houses. Traditionally the Masai people are a pastoral community, and will take their herds of cows or goats out to graze during the day and then return them to the village at night. At the end we had the opportunity to purchase some of their handmade beaded jewelry that they are famous for, and then we were all on our way for a long day of driving back to Nairobi (and to the airport for me sadly).

Posted by andyguebert 21:54 Archived in Kenya Tagged safari mara masai

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Awesome stuff....

by Michael mokua

Great Blog !quite lucky with the leopard too !!

by Erick Safari

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