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Masai Mara National Park

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Today (well, actually yesterday) was the second of our Game Drives and was a far better experience than that of Lake Nakuru.

With the park expanding over 10,000 acres of unspoilt land free for the animals to roam and live their natural lives, we spent one night camping in the middle of the park and spent the early evening visiting a local Masai village a short walk from camp.

These traditional warrior and herds people wear red robes (to be easily spotted and also to scare lions away) and build their huts from dried, hardened cow dung and sticks. They move their village every nine years because the termites eat their houses and are another example of a completely insular, self-sufficient community.

We were greeted with a traditional song and dance by the village women, and proceeded to walk around the village visiting a local house, animal enclosures, the site of ceremonial genital mutilation (nice!) and their market (where, of course, they tried to sell us everything under the sun, even in exchange for my watch!)

The houses here were quite remarkable, with 3 or 4 small windows, a large bed next to the fire and a separate room for the family animals and another for the children. Aaron bravely (honest!) tasted some of their traditional daily drink - a mixture of unpasturised cow milk and blood, and spent the next hour trying to remove the taste from his mouth by any means possible!

The next day, we were away from camp at 0600 in an attempt to catch sightings of the "twilight animals", although this proved not very successful. The Masai Mara was, however, an amazing place to visit with vast, barren landscapes on one side and steep hills on the other. Due to recent heavy rains the grass was very long, and apparently most of the animals have migrated to the Serengeti, so hopefully we will catch up with them next week!

We did, however, get some good sightings of Wilderbeast, Elephant, an excellent Jackal spotting by Denise, a Lioness and two cubs and, at last, the infamous hippos and crocodiles, who share a waterhole in the middle of the park. The hippos were sunbathing just 50 yards from an open-mouthed, 5-metre crocodile who seemed particularly uninterested in trying to bring down one of these 3-tonne beasts. According to our guide, the Wilderbeast regularly cross at this point and they seemed to be the preferred cuisine, although we didn't see a "kill" on this occasion.

We are now back in Karen, just outside Nairobi, having completed a three-week loop. We pick up four more people for the trip here, and will head off towards the Serengeti on Monday and then onwards to Zanzibar and beyond..........

Julie63 says:
Hello to you both, just doing my Sunday night catch up!!! Great to hear that you both are still enjoying it so much...can't believe you have been gone for a month already. Missing you lots and lots but Hades is very good company!! Take care and enjoy the next week. Keep taking the photos. Love you, Mum X (and Hades XX) (and Harry XXX)
Posted on: Apr 09, 2007
peteandsue says:
Hi Aaron & Denise, getting to grips with this a last. all sounds great so far. Just printing all out so we can show it to other people. Have a good Easter.

Mum & Dad
Posted on: Apr 08, 2007
seza_smiley says:
Hey Den and Aaron,
Sounds like you are having such a wonderful experience. I've really enjoyed reading all your blogs so keep 'em coming! Take care and know that we are thinking of you, missing you, and wishing you a safe, happy, and exciting trip. Much love, Sarah and Adam.xxx
Posted on: Apr 03, 2007
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