Maasai Mara

Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
Trip End Feb 20, 2010

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

We could not post our pictures from the Maasai Mara trip until we got back to Nairobi, so there they are.  The Mara is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, Mara being the Maasai (the tribe in the region) word for "spotted." The Mara is spotted with loads of game, along with grasslands, rolling hills, brush and some trees.  It took us six hours to drive to the Mara from Nairobi and the roads were brutal the last two hours. Yet when we checked into our Safari Lodge, had lunch and looked out at the spectacular view from our vantage point, we knew we were in for something special.

We went out for our first drive on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm and stayed out until sundown at 7 PM.  If that was the only drive we had done, it would have been worth it!  But it wasn't the only drive, for we got two drives in on Friday and one more on Saturday morning.  Some of the team even paid extra for a night drive, but they didn't see much -- just a male lion, African hares, antelope, four hippos out of the water, an owl and many other night animals.

When we weren't game driving, we were eating fabulous lodge food, watching a lecture on the Maasai tribe customs (they wear read because they walk through the land and lions don't like the color red), sitting in our rooms soaking up the great view or recovering from some stomach ailments (just two of us).

Attached are some of our videos and pictures, which are just a downpayment on those yet to come when we return home. Much of what we saw took our breath away. We hope it does yours, too.  (Make sure you view the one to the left; it is a video.)
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