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  • Day71

    The famous Masai Mara

    March 12, 2016 in Kenya ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We've now spent a little over 2 months in East Africa, and we've kept our big safari hopes for this long awaited moment! The Masai Mara. The morning was almost too smooth. Our tour driver was early picking us up, so we had just enough time to finish our free hotel breakfast. We went to pick up the other tour goers and happened to stop in front of Java house, latte to go! It was a little disappointing to see that the 3 other people we were told were on this trip was actually 7 others... Yep, we're 9 people in a pop top mini van. But we all seemed to get along, the driver is nice, played tetris with the suitcases and off we went for the Masai!

    It's trials like today that really show you what it is to be positive, and what it is to be negative in life... We got onto unpaved roads, which we're used to so no biggy. Some on the bus started complaining about the bumps, and about the lack of space or comfort... Then we hit a big bump and broke something on the frame under the van. So we stop, all the men get their opinions in as if they know what they're talking about. The tourist men all agree if the van runs we should keep driving, but obviously the driver doesn't want to worsen his van, it's his livelyhood.

    So a few minutes in we decide to keep driving slowly, and apparently a mechanic on a motorbike will catch up to us with a spare belt of somekind. Now a bunch of people are complaining of how slow we have to drive. You hear the van scrape on the ground at every bump. We keep going for maybe 45 minutes and get to a big dip in the road with water running through. You can see the driver is very sceptical. So I offer we all get out to lighten the load. I thought I was so clever! Anywho, we do, and the van passes, but the driver decides to wait for the mechanic so we can fix it.

    Mechanic arrives 30 mins later, jumps directly underneath the van which was driven over a large rock to prop up, and works away. 2 hours we were stopped here. Again, this is where positivity goes a long way. It was beautifully sunny out. Nice breeze. We went for a walk, only nature and the odd person in sight. Most of the people in the area are Masai, they still where their colourful, often red blankets around them, gauged ear lobes (much bigger then mine, finally they won't judge me!), women have big dangling jewelry... Jack eventually read her book under the tree, some of us just chatted... And then some of the others were either bitching or sporting a good resting bitch face, calling the booking companies to complain (we all booked through different companies, they just put us all together). I for one, had a very pleasant and relaxed afternoon, just not like I had planned it. I actually caught myself complaining but about the complainers. Jack kindly reminded me that it was no better. She really is the eternally positive one.

    Finally getting to camp just as it gets dark, we get checked into the nicest tent set up! There's a tiled washroom in the back of each tent with full shower and flushing toilet! There was one tent for 2 people, and 2 tents for 3 (one personne was staying at a lodge). These are the times where the heteros get the advantage again... They were wondering how to split the people, so the most logical set up was the hetero couple in the 2 person tent, 3 girls in one and 3 boys in the other. Jack and I get a roommate and two separate little single beds. No possible goodnight kiss, not even a quick "I love you". Just a generic "goodnight ladies" to my two roommates.

    Now that the van is fixed, nothing is going to stop us from seeing those big kitties tomorrow!
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  • Day3

    Masai Mara Village

    June 11, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today we were welcomed into a Masai Mara Village where the men performed a welcoming dance, we were then spoken to by the son of the leader of the village who explained a few traditions to us.

    you can tell the different Masai Mara families apart by the colour they wear.
    • they do not have a hospital and use plants to treat illness'.
    • the women built the huts using cow manure, mud, water and sticks.
    • the huts need to be rebuilt every nine years because termites ruin them.
    • the men have to look after their stock and protect the village.
    • the women gather firewood and water, they feed everyone and make sure the houses are clean.
    • a man can have up to seven wife's and each wife gets their own house, majority of families have five children which means they can have up to thirty-five children!
    • the wife's do not get jealous of each other and are friends.
    • they cannot marry within their village because they are all related so the parents arrange marriages in other villages, the men will stay in their village and the females will move there.

    We then were welcomed into their homes, as you walk in there is a small room where they have calfs (to protect them from wild animals) and then a hallway to the main area where there is their kitchen which consists of a fire in the middle of the room. To the left of the kitchen is the parents room which is the size of a double bed and a room for the lambs then to the right is the children's room which is also the size of a double bed.
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  • Day3

    Acacia Camp

    June 11, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We have finally arrived at our second camp, after driving for ten hours straight on the worst dirt roads I have ever driven on (for those who know it is worst than 'back road' between Indulkana and Mintabie) we are staying here for two nights! We were upgraded here so we didn't have to put up tents and we are staying in permanent tents that have beds inside of them. The facilities weren't so great here the showers were cold and the toilets didn't flush - I will really be looking forward to leaving here, that's for sure!
    We are going game driving tomorrow in the Masai Mara National Reserve which is pretty exciting, hopefully I get to cross off a couple of the African 'big five'.
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  • Day36

    Maasai Mara Village

    June 11, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    We drove 10 hours from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara over the worst roads I've ever driven on! There were potholes everywhere, major landslides and the smallest bridges to cross. When we arrived, we had a village tour with the local Maasai who performed a traditional dance for us then showed us around their houses. The women build the houses from scratch using wood, mud, cow dung and various other materials. They also look after the children, cook the food, do all the cleaning, collect firewood (sometimes a task that takes all day) while the men's sole task is to look after the animals. Being in the middle of a reserve, cattle is targeted by wildlife such as lions and hyenas. The men walk the cattle during the day so they can feed and return them at sundown to lock them up in safety over night. The Maasai are polygamists and most men will have multiple wives who live harmoniously. The chief of the village we visited has five wives and 22 children - I can barely look after myself let alone 27 others!! It was an interesting experience getting a glimpse into how the Maasai live but the village was intimidating, weird and probably not somewhere I'd rush back in a hurry!Read more

  • Day36

    Acacia Campground, Maasai Mara

    June 11, 2017 in Kenya ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    We spent two nights here with no electricity, no running water, in the middle of the Maasai Mara Reserve. It wasn't the most enjoyable of nights and we had several Maasai warriors surround the camp to ensure no wildlife tried to enter and eat us! Both nights hyenas could be heard close by and I was quite happy to be leaving by day 3!Read more

  • Day3

    Safari Day 1: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

    September 23, 2018 in Kenya ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Gegen späten Nachmittag sind wir im Masai Mara angekommen und direkt zu unserer Lodge (Erster Satz: „there is no power at the moment - will again be switched on in about 5 hours“). George hat uns 10 Minuten Zeit gegeben uns fertig zu machen. Das Lodge ist traumhaft schön, es ist fast surreal, weil es mitten im nichts liegt.
    Wir hatten das Glück, am Abend noch einen Game Drive zu machen. Wir hatten nur 1,5 Stunden, aber die hatten es in sich: Diverse Impala- und Zebraherden, Gnus - und sogar ein Elefant hat vor uns die Straße überquert. Großes Highlight war der Löwe am Fluss, auf der Suche nach seiner Familie. Außerdem eine Giraffenfamilie beim Abendessen.
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