DAYs 5-7 Tue-Thu 02-04.02.2010 Masai Mara, Kenya
After good sleep under mosquito net we headed to Masai Mara, huge national park with all the animals. On the way there we picked the rest of our group. Two irish, Katie and Treasa and one from the States, Jessica. We had mobile charger for cars with us so Lawi can recharge his handy again cos he had forgotten his own charger home. Despite of this all Lawi is the best driver and most friendly man we know here in Kenya! By the way, roads are extremely in bad condition. Last 50 kms to Masai Mara road, or almost like a path, was unpaved and bumpy lumpy like Irish girls (Treasa!) said. Roads can't be described cos you can't find them in Finland. Maximum speed was usually only 50 kms/h and sleeping in the car was NOT available. (except Kari) After all the lumps and bumps we arrived to our camp, where we were given our mt. kilimanjaro tent: 2 BIG beds (+one small for our bags), our own toilet and the best shower this far! So you can say: luxury in the middle of nowhere, lucky we;)
Visit to Masai mara national park gave us last animal of the big five and much more: An elephant family, a hippo, crocodiles, simba kidoko(baby lions) etc. All the others was all the same as in Nakuru lake, but there was still a whole different landscape and a much more bigger place and also many traffic jams made by all the safaricars. Turists, yeah!
During the third safari day we got really close shots of female lions and their cuties. Highlight of the day (at least for our midwife, Sigrid!) was wonder of the nature, brest feeding by lions and elephants. After eight hours in the car we didn't go to the Masai village but the twins went to watch football game between two local school teams. Guests won, despite of massive cheering by the kids and us. Boys went also to the village, real African village with no water, no electricity, no waste system but a lot of happy people, (maybe cause of the strong Masai beer, "elephant soup"? They told us that after only one Masai beer you fall in sleep. We couldn't try it cause we didn't go to the Masai village) and the African kids who just ran to their laps. Plenty of bars and even two pool tables and many tiny groceries.
Early and cold (no sunshine) morning and our last Safari day. The best male lions and a BEuuuuuutiful close shots. On our way back home one safari car had broken down and we took four more passengers into car and guide trainee had to stay with broken car and it's driver. We got three swiss girls and a german(?) woman and AGAIN the question for the boys: "are you brothers?", THIRD time! We had a little overload, total 12 in car for ten passengers, but only ~50 kms. Finally at home, in Bush house! Before the last night we got our last and wonderful dinner made by our private chef Solomon and a hopeful, encouraging and smart speech about the African future and almoust about the whole world spoken by our host Martin, the next Kenyan president, who rides a bicycle instead of Rolls Royce ;) Bush House (& Camp) is really good place for all kind of travellers and everyone we saw was enjoying their stay in the Bush House, expecially because of the friendly host family! Ashanti Sana for Bush House & Camp (except mosquitos!)