Day 3 - Masai Mara
27/09/2009

Awoke for breakfast at about 6am as we heard everyone else getting up! Experienced the camp shower which was not too bad.

After cooked breakfast of vegetable omelette, sausages and fried potato cakes, we left for our long drive to the Masai Mara reserve.

Stopped for fuel in Narok, then comfort stop at a gift shop 'curio' approx 2 hours from the reserve. Was greeted by a small boy - gave him a crayon and some stickers.

Photo by Jeremy


Our Masai Mara Campsite




Our home for the next two nights



Inside our tent, the toilet at the bottom of the site and shower block
(photos by Lars)






Matthew and his shadow directly below him, on the equator at mid-day

The Masai game drive started at approx 4pm and we saw Ostrich, Wildebeest, Topi, Giraffe, Zebra, Eland and an elephant family.


Entrance to the Masai Mara National Reserve

our first Wildebeest


Jackal


Topi


Maasai Giraffe




A very tall giraffe!


Herd of Eland


The Masai Mara Landscape


Our first Elephant ...

... and the rest of the family





A fine view






Then we stumbled across this male Ostrich
who was intent on copping-off with someone.


Mrs Ostrich


Mr Ostrich


Honestly, get a room!


This actually was not that pleasant to watch!




Maasai Cattle heading home


Vultures


Secretary Bird

Vultures feasting on the carcus of a cow


African Sunset





Back to campsite for approx 6pm. Everyone sat around outside in the sun with a drink and got to know each other a bit better, asking about jobs back home etc.

Had dinner of chapati, lentils, mixed veg and fresh water melon for pudding. A Maasai warrior lit a bonfire outside and we all sat around it chatting till about 9pm. Bed early as Matt and I up for a balloon flight at 4am!

The Maasai warrior stood guard of the campsite all night as high risk of animals coming into the camp from the park.

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Day 3 Map

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Day Highlights
Masai Mara NP
Giraffe
Elephants
Ostrich Mating
Sunset

Day 3 Facts:
The Masai Mara NP

The Masai Mara is a large park reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania.

Named for the Masai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River, which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and the wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.



COMPLETE
TRIP DETAILS


Kenya
Day 1 - Nairobi
Day 2 - Lake Nakuru
Day 3 - Masai Mara
Day 4 - Masai Mara (Balloon)
Day 5 - Lake Victoria


Tanzania
Day 6 - Serengeti
Day 7 - Serengeti
Day 8 - Olduvai Gorge
Day 9 - Ngorongoro Crater


Zanzibar
Day 10-14
Dolphins