Trip Start Jul 13, 2006
55Trip End Jul 06, 2007
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Some of the highlights were being surrounded by 40 giraffes, close encounters with cheetah and watching 26 elephants wander across the valley. Quinn and I headed out for an early morning drive while the girls took a morning off. We were just about to start inventing some great sighting stories, because we hadn't seen much when we pulled up on a pride of 11 lions who were finishing off a wildebeast. The sound of crunching bone was amazing while one lion was eating
Things got really weird after that because the cook turned out to be the chief's son. They insisted I ride their elephant back to the lodge while the villagers laid palm fronds down on our path. The chief insisted I choose one of his 2 daughters. Actually, the last part isn't true... he had 3 daughters. (Actually in retrospect, I'm now thinking that everything after "things got really weird" may not be at all accurate, my recall was somewhat clouded by the surge of adrenaline at the time)
The other aspect of the safari that was fantastic was getting some insight into other cultures. We visited a Samburu and Maasai village. Their small, dark huts are built with cow dung which apparently helps to keep the mosquitoes away. 14 year old boys reach manhood with a circumsion ceremony in which they are not allowed to flinch or even curl their toes to show their courage. I'm thinking that may not be so easy.
We also visited some schools, in some classes the kids sat on the floor because they had no desks. Everywhere we went we saw donated books and schools built by Albertans. It's not unusual for kids here to ask for a pen, a sweet or some money, but at one school a kid asked me for water. The school had been without drinking water for 3 months. Our $50 donation was enough to pump water for a month. I was embarrased to go from there to our lodge where Quinn and I had a swimming pool to ourselves. What would that child have thought if he was to see us swimming in that sparkling water?
We booked our safari with Civilized Adventure, check out www.civilizedadv.com