Hey good people. I hope you are all doing fine. Welcome to the last blog post of the year 2013.
Today on the blog is a little deviation from the tradition, of weddings and engagements. Today I bring to you my travels and adventures into the most scenic part of Kenya that I have had the privilege of visiting thus far.
Sometime at the beginning of December I got an opportunity to visit the Mara and naturally I could not leave my lovely camera behind. So here are the chronicles of my 3 day adventure with my extended family. It was a mix of fun, rest(much-needed) and adventure (much sought after).
Please save up and get some time to visit this great ecosystem. It is a great experience that you will not regret. However the Mara is not for the faint-hearted or impatient. You will be faced with rough roads, bugs and flies, and chasing animals that hardly want to be found. But all this is what makes the adventure worth the while.
Word of advice, here are the items to carry… (These are bare essentials)
1. Bug spray (if you really do not mind flies all over you)
2. A camera (with a zoom from here to Mars)
3. Loads of water
4. Pocket money to buy for yourself, and your friends back in the city, great handcrafted jewellery at awesome prices.
5. An experienced and friendly guide and a great car to handle the terrain. Preferably a 4×4 land-cruiser.
I implore any bride-to-be out there to please dare do their wedding at the Maasai Mara because the photos will just be amazing ;). Enough talk, enjoy the scenery.
Gazelle or Antelope… I cannot quite remember what the guide, Musa, said. The no-nonsense Buffalo. We got a flat tire on day 1. 50 meters away from a pack of lions. The King himself having early dinner. Can you spot the Vultures perched up? There is a Leopard in this photo. Can you spot it? There he goes. I love sunsets. Very calming. My aunts, cousins and my sister checking into the Mara Sidai Tented Camp. He is tall, no doubt. Photos I only saw in calendars came to life. How closer could I get to the big guy. 🙂 Spectacular. I tried levitating… I did good. That’s my small sister. My aunt got her fashion sense on. And so did my sister. Here is where the action happens during the wildebeest migration. So calm when we were there. I loved this photo so much i had to print an A2 size of it just to hang it in my living room. My small cousin had the best seat in the house. We stopped for lunch right at the heart of the Mara. We caught up with the King of the Jungle after lunch. This is the Wildebeest or the Gnu. My aunt had threatened not to go home until we sighted the Cheetah. And we finally did. As the Elephants walked home (somewhere), so did we as we drove off the park. There was love in the Mara too. My cousin Ken and his lovely girlfriend Nadia. And on the last day we had a camp fire with the locals.
So of the Big Five animals, that is the Lion, Leopard, Black Rhino, African Elephant and the Cape Buffalo, it is only the Rhino that evaded us on our 3 day adventure. Hopefully we will catch it next time :).
Thanks for dropping by and taking you time to read through the blog; I appreciate it and please do leave you comments below. God bless and Merry Christmas to you all. Goodbye 2013; Happy New 2014 here we come ;). Amazing weddings coming to the blog in January 2014.
Author: Matt Masha