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BIRTHDAY SURPRISES AND MAASAI WARRIOR

VISITING THE MAASAI MARA – PART ONE

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We started our day with a wonderful surprise. Without us knowing, the staff at the lodge brought out a birthday cake for Jackson’s 14th birthday and broke out in song. It was so beautiful and heartfelt. We were all in tears. They sang a Swahili birthday song and walk around our table for at least 10 minutes. We loved it but our guide was a little annoyed that we were 30 minutes late to leave for our six hour drive to Maasai Mara.

Although the drive was long it was interesting and well worth it. Along the way we saw tons of cattle. There were so many herds of sheep herded by boys who looked to be no older than 10 and then thousands of cows who were cared for by the older boys. At least 10 times we had to stop because of animals in the road ranging from sheep and Thompson gazelles to zebras. As we drove toward the gates of our lodge we were greeted by giraffes, zebras and many other animal that roam freely even inside the camp. After been shown our wonderful accommodations we were treated to a four course lunch. Because it is low season we almost have the place almost to ourselves. The beautiful Mara West Lodge may just be the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. Remember when I said our last place had five star tents well they were not, these are five star tents. We were given cell phones to call the desk any time we want to move as we have to be accompanied by armed workers in case of the animals. My escort tonight was a beautiful Maasai warrior armed with a bow and arrow. Isaac thought this was cool. I just thought it was yummy. He came all the way to our veranda and he and I had a great chat about why he never went to school, how Maasai life is changing and what they are trying to change. Isaac thought we both talked a lot. Did you know the Maasai can take more than one wife? Hmmmm.

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We did get out for a short game drive today and we can already tell this will be amazing. Although we were not searching for the giraffes and elephants we kept getting glimpses in the distance. At one point, we saw the silhouette of a giraffe walking along the horizon. It could have seriously been a back drop for a movie. Today’s animal highlights were the lions, the crocs and the crested cranes but we saw so much else.

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Tonight we had another delicious meal with a planned birthday cake for Jackson and so were treated to some more song over dessert. This has been a surreal experience. As I sit in bed writing this I can hear all sorts of noises outside but none that I am going to investigate. At least I know the baboons have gone to bed. Guess I should too before the power is cut.

Posted by curlygirl 06:51 Archived in Kenya Tagged animals africa safari adventures

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Amazing!

by Monique Hogan

Thx for sharing. Love it and your adventure.

by Gloria

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