The month of May has me pondering and dreaming of summer adventures. I can not forget how excited I was last year at this time when I was patiently awaiting my trip to Africa. I have previously posted one blog on the Samburu National Park in Kenya and promised to post three more blogs on the trip. Here is the second one on the Masai Mara.We arrived at the airport. Yes, this is it! From there we proceeded on to the Mara Ngenche Camp. The next morning we (myself and my two teenagers) were awake before 5 am in order to travel to our destination for the hot air balloon ride. We lifted off in the dark but soon saw the sunrise. It was a breathtaking and spiritual experience. When we were in Africa we saw the sunrise and sunset everyday. It was one of the many joys of the safari. Since the wildebeest were migrating we could see them for miles and miles.After breakfast we spent hours watching the wildebeest ponder whether or not they were going to cross the river. There were wildebeest lined up on both sides of the river and it seemed as if they were playing a game. They would charge as if to cross but then change their minds. They would do this over and over. We arrived back at the camp for lunch (which is on a river) and during lunch, as luck would have it, a group of wildebeest crossed. It was extremely exciting. We were cheering on those brave wildebeest. The Mara Ngenche Camp is located on the confluence of the Mara and the Talek rivers. We had hippos serenading us all day and night.
Below are a few of the decorative details you would find throughout the camp. The last day we were on a mission to complete the big five. All we were missing was the black rhinoceros.
The next morning we went to a Masai village. Our guide Henry was Masai and lived in a village when he was not a guide. The people danced and gave us a tour of their village. We were able to buy some of their beautiful beaded jewelry. I will never forget the loving people and their hospitality. The bracelet above, made by one of the Masai women, is now on my bookshelf.