Kenya

About last night at the Mara

Masai Mara Game reserve

Masai Mara Game reserve

A night at the Maasai Mara can be ruined by a lion pawing at your tent as he breaks out into a thunderous roar every two minutes. The tent barely shields you as it is comprised of light material sewn together and slung over rods of steel stumped into the ground for some stability. You try to ignore the lion and get through the night in one piece, but of course being human coupled with the scary animal stories your tent-mate has volunteered precisely at that moment to narrate, you totally fail at catching forty winks.

You are happy when day breaks and you get to chat with the ranger at breakfast. He assures you that the noises you heard were from a wounded lion miles away, not outside your tent as the animals don’t venture this way, and in any case the lion was slowed down by the injury. Your fears are allayed somewhat, though you are camped in the middle of the park where dangerous wild animals roam freely.

That was my last memory of the Mara, a full decade or so ago. While we were apprehensive of wild animals straying too far into the human settlements area, high tea at Treetops Lodge and fine dining at Mt Kenya Safari club made us feel like local tourists.

Now I’m back at the Mara. There’s no camaraderie this time, no jokes over a bonfire, no poking fun at the bosses, but we have just as nice a weekend as the last time, because I am here touring after years spent abroad.

Being far away from home gives one a fresh appreciation of all things Kenyan, so your journey beginning with a trip to the Rift Valley is punctuated by oohs and aahs, bubbling from a place of nothing else but nostalgia.

Rift Valley viewpoint at Mai mahiu

Rift Valley viewpoint at Mai mahiu

The Great Rift Valley viewpoint

The Great Rift Valley viewpoint

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We stop over at Narok for a toilet break, lunch and shopping at a supermarket. The journey from then on is difficult, with long winding bumpy dusty roads but we finally make it to the Nalepomara Lodge where we will be staying for the weekend.

Entrance to Nalepomara Lodge

Entrance to Nalepomara Lodge

Lounge and TV room area

Lounge and TV room area

Swimming pool area

Swimming pool area

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Bright and early the following two days we make our way to the Masai Mara game reserve. At the entrance Masai ladies selling their wares immediately swoop down on our van and we make a few purchases before proceeding into the park.

imageZebras and the wildebeest that have survived the migration quickly come into view. The Masai Mara game reserve is vast and we drive around the rest of the afternoon catching views of a herd of elephants, a lion and lioness, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and even a leopard relaxing in the tree.

Wildebeest

Wildebeest and zebras

A lioness yawns

A lioness yawns

A lion and lioness

A lion and lioness

A herd of elephants

A herd of elephants

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Giraffe

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A leopard relaxing in the tree

A leopard relaxing high up in the tree

Hippo

Hippo

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Crocodile lazing in the sun

Crocodile lazing in the sun

Keekorok airstrip, Masai Mara

Keekorok airstrip, Masai Mara

Me and my Masai blanket

Me and my Masai blanket

Masai Mara game drive vans

Masai Mara game drive vans

The game drives were unforgettable, a good memory of my visit back home and something special for the kids. We did not have the Cultural tour to a Maasai village, yet it was listed as part of itinerary.

The trip to Masai Mara was taken with Sundowner tours at a discount price of 11,000 kshs per adult, and 8,000 kshs per child. Opinions all my own.

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    • Hey British Berliner, you should plan a visit to Kenya, it’s a cool tourist destination and with the right packages and tours, you’ll come away feeling like a princess. I’m Kenyan but I never tire of the safaris and seeing the animals. I think your son would enjoy Kenya too!!

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  1. Am so happy reading the article and proud you enjoyed the safari to Maasai Mara. we wish to see you again coming to explore other destinations on our like; Amboseli National Park, Tsavo East & West National Park,Lake Nakuru & Naivasha National Park not forgetting The Clean Beaches of Mombasa.
    Thanks again for supporting Sundowner Tours.

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