Warriors in the Masai
Trip Start Apr 24, 1998
147Trip End Dec 10, 2001
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Free Camping, Masai lands
We "free" camped over the last 2 nights. This means that we are out in the wild, with no stopgap between you and a lion's mouth or a trampling herd of elephants!
After another scrummy camp dinner, we sat around and met some of the local warriors. They spoke of their homeland and culture and then they got us up to dance. The boys learnt to do the jumping dance, which shows stamina and strength, and us girls learnt to do the ladies dance.
The Masai's wandered off into the night, heading to their post around the camp, they were our guards for the night
We woke before dawn, and climbed into our trucks. Arriving at the gates of the Masai Mara, we headed off as the sun was rising. Today was a great day to see some wildlife. We first came across a family of elephants, Masai giraffe (they are shorter and darker spots and more meat than normal giraffes), Eland prancing around, zebras roaming along (and yes they do walk in a straight line like a zebra crossing...lol...I think that is where the term came from!
We also saw a newly born Topibeast, which was still wobbly on its feet. We spotted paw prints which lead us to a cheetah. She was out for a morning hunt. They are magestic and very agile! Spotted Hyena are the ugliest, dirtiest creatures and they sat around a watering hole laughing (at us?)....By lunchtime the heat had driven the game into the shade and we headed back to camp for lunch before visiting a local tribe. We were welcomed with song and dance and the chief of the village took us on a grand tour of his village (which is nothing but huts made of cow poo, surrounded by a fence made out of spike trees!) The animals also live in this compound and the sheep sleep in the hut with the families. It was very interesting and the children wanted to play with us. The women just sort of hung back.
Back to the masai mara for an afternoon of hunting lions. After 2 hours, and many more other animals, we were out of luck for lion, but did get to see the most amazing sunset over the mara. This is the life.