Walking With the Maasai and Other Adventures

As they bumped alongside the street to the Maasai Mara, they heard a helicopter flying low. This was the first day of Di and Leonie’s safari and a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) chopper was ushering an elephant again into the park. What an thrilling solution to start their week in Kenya! This publish tells of their June safari by way of Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Amboseli.

On their arrival they spent the first night time at Wildebeest Eco Camp nestled in the quiet, inexperienced suburb of Karen in Nairobi’s south-west. Rested and refreshed, they headed to the Maasai Mara the subsequent day. It was on this drive to Kenya’s premier recreation reserve that they watched the KWS helicopter herding a stray elephant again to inside the park boundaries. Human-wildlife battle is a continuing problem for conservationists in Kenya and elephants might be notably damaging in a discipline of crops, which may end up in retaliation from the neighborhood whose crops have been destroyed. So it is crucial to maintain the elephants in the security of the park to keep away from such battle.

They entered the park and loved a recreation drive as they made their solution to Aruba Camp the place they’d spend the subsequent two nights. During their time in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve they noticed a leopard with its dinner – a Thomson’s gazelle – that it had dragged up into the tree. They additionally noticed a leopard tortoise, a Marshall Eagle, buffalo herds, Lilac-breasted Roller (Kenya’s nationwide chicken), giraffes, elephants, topis, hyena, lions, ostrich and a puff adder. On their full day recreation drive, they loved a picnic lunch in the center of the savannah. Before leaving the Maasai Mara, they visited a Maasai village, which was an extended stroll than anticipated, demonstrating that the Maasai definition of “not far” is likely to be a bit totally different to an Australian definition!

Lake Nakuru National Park
The subsequent cease was Lake Nakuru National Park. They stayed two nights a couple of kilometres exterior the park at a camp known as Punda Milias (“Zebra” in KiSwahili). More buffalos right here and additionally rhinos! Makalia Falls at the south finish of the park was gushing down as June brings an finish to the wet season.

A brief drive took them to Lake Naivasha the place they spent an evening at Camp Carnelleys. The pleasure right here was a break in! Monkeys acquired of their room whereas they had been out.

Finally, they went to Kibo Camp, for 2 nights at Amboseli National Park. Flamingoes had been lots in Lake Amboseli – which does not look very like a lake in the dry season so seeing flamingoes right here is sort of particular.

Being the admin gal, I do not typically get to fulfill our friends, regardless of often spending many months emailing one another planning their safari. So if there’s an excuse to do an airport choose up or drop off or one thing comparable then I do not thoughts. This time it was a digicam case and battery left behind in the car. Di and Leonie had gone on to Tanzania and had been flying again to Nairobi and then on residence. So throughout their transit, I went to the airport to attempt to ship the gadgets. It was a little bit of a mission and it was good that that they had a number of hours to kill. I used to be handed from pillar to publish till one immigration official informed me that Di and Leonie must discuss properly to the immigration officers inside to permit them to come back out to fulfill me. I virtually gave up hope, however then Leonie discovered me wandering exterior the terminal! Amazingly it had labored. Battery delivered, we made our methods residence… one journey considerably totally different to the different, little doubt reflecting the important variations in journey every had simply had.

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