My very first safari
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So our mate Jay Jay picked us up at 5.30am from out hotel then drove north west for about 2 hours until we arrived at Tsavo East National Park. Being our first safari tour we were both pretty excited. Within 5 minutes we came across a massive herd of elephants standing on the side of the road. We also saw zebras, gazelles, impalas, giraffes, baboons, hippos and heaps of bird life; my favourite being the bush chicken. We were lucky enough to do the safari with just us two in the truck which was great because we could spread out and relax. I saw another truck in the park with about 10 people in it all fighting for shots of the animals. So if you have the opportunity to do it alone sieze the moment. The tour included lunch at the elephant lodge which is located within the national park.
One the way back to our hotel we stopped in at a masai village which was roughly within 15km of the park entrance. We payed the chiefs son 1700 shillings (approx $30usd) which was not negotiable. He showed us all around their camp including inside his own hut which he shared with his parents as he was not yet married. It was so great to see the way that they lived first hand. 72 people lived there and they were all family (extended). The chiefs son was only 18 and he spoke excellent english as he went all the way through school.
The young children looked sick. They seemed very malnourished, hungry and dirty. The mamas were sitting under a tree and their eyes were all hazed over from years of living on the land.
The masai that showed us around loved my boyfriend Robbie and was trying his hardest to recruit him into the tribe. He told Robbie he would train him up as a masai warrior and then give him 2 wives.
Before leaving the mamas put on a market and by market I mean they layed out necklaces and junk on a couple of blankets for us to buy. Each mama has her own collection and they were all grabbing and begging me to buy something from them. It was really horrible. We quickly brought 2 necklaces and got the hell out of there because we just havent learnt to deal with that sort of pressure yet. You want to help them make a quick buck and make their lives easier but YOU CANT HELP EVERYONE. As much as you want to, its impossible. You just cant make everyone happy so you have to suck up the overbearing guilt of the situation and move on.