Maasai Mara – Goodbye Kenya!

 

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Our last two days spent in Kenya were incredible. What a way to end an amazing trip with a great group of people! On Sunday morning we drove 4 hours on the old Rongo School bus down to Narok where we met Rufus, who picked us up with his drivers in two safari vans ready to go to the Maasai Mara. The Mara was signposted as an 80km drive away from Narok. I think we travelled about 10km on tarmac before going 4wd on slanted, dusty, rocky road. I loved it though; it was the start to an awesome safari adventure and the best end to the CM4K trip. Pete, Elle, Lewes and I shared the first van, and before we had even got to the Mara (game park) we saw so many game animals (Zebras, Giraffes, Vervet Monkeys, Gazelle, Warthogs and Wilder Beast). This was my day! I felt so emotional; ecstatic and excited to say the least. Being able to see all these beautiful animals, wild in their natural environment was mind-blowing. Driving through Maasai land was a whole other encounter on its own. I had a strong sense of admiration sparking through my body while driving through the deserted villages and land owned by the Maasai people. The Maasai appear so strong-willed compared to other tribes in Kenya, as they continue to practice their ancient customs, traditions and rituals by living a very simple and peaceful way of life. Where cattle are their everything, and temptations and prizes offered by the West are refused.

We arrived at our camp – the coolest tents with thatched roofs and built in bathrooms that looked like caves. We stopped for a quick coffee and to drop our luggage off and then got straight back into the pop-top safari van, to catch some more wildlife before the sun went down. The Maasai Mara is one of the most stunning landscapes I have ever seen. The views and sunset were breathtaking. It was an amazing way to end the CM4K trip. The following morning we went out for a safari between 7am and 12pm, before heading back to Nairobi Airport (5 hours drive) to get our flight in the evening. I think I have gained a lot from the trip – knowledge, experience and especially friendship. It’s so sad that it has come to an end already. I will be back Kenya! Next year maybe 😉 x

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