Out of Africa | I Spy with My Little Eye Something Big

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…

Vervet Monkey
Baboon
Black-backed Jackal
Banded Mongoose
Spotted Hyena
Leopard (part of the Big 5)
Lion (part of the Big 5)
Cheetah
African Elephant (part of the Big 5)
Burchell’s Zebra
Hippopotamus
Giraffe
African Buffalo (part of the Big 5)
Hartebeest
Topi
Blue Wildebeest
Kirk’s Dik-dik
Impala
Gazelle (Thomson’s & Grant’s)
Crocodile

Until next time,

Author: madisunanne

I write about simple living in order to help women dealing with the craziness of life find hope, even if it’s just an inch at a time. I believe we all need a reminder to stop, breathe, and enjoy the present for what it is, a gift to be enjoyed.

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