Less than 24 hours ago, the team and I took the “rough and tough” journey back to Nairobi from the Masai Mara National Reserve. When I say “rough and tough,” close your eyes and imagine traveling in a 9 passenger micro-van through unpaved roads inundated with rocks, boulders, and all the trenches you can imagine. Needless to say, it was 2 1/2 hours of unrelenting bumps ups and down and swerves to and fro.
Once we got through the unpaved area, it was another 3 hours of driving Kenyan-style. This includes, but is not limited to the following: driving on the left; passing cars on the right, often playing “chicken” with drivers in the oncoming lane; and mixed smells of ganga, cow dung, and diesel fumes. Overtaking vehicles is always a fun feat, but the immense dust cloud following is enough to make anyone’s nostrils cringe. And I can’t forget about the diesel fumes from just about every other bus or truck on the road. Oftentimes, I wrapped my face in my red, fleece blanket (thanks, American Airlines) just to stifle the smell.
Despite the grueling travel, the Masai Mara is well worth every inconvenience. Just ask Lonely Planet’s Kenya guidebook, “Watered by the Mara River and littered with an astonishing amount of wildlife is this world-renowned national reserve … Masai Mara is more than just the most popular wildlife park in Kenya; in many cases it’s the reason people come to Kenya. Mara is the classic savanna you see in almost every African film and nature program that’s ever been made, and its sheer density of wildlife is amazing.”
Check out the many animals I spied on the Masai Mara National Reserve on our 2 day safari…
Leopard (part of the Big 5)
Lion (part of the Big 5)
African Elephant (part of the Big 5)
African Buffalo (part of the Big 5)
Gazelle (Thomson’s & Grant’s)
Until next time,