The Big Five
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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We drove to the Great Rift Valley and stopped there for some great photos and had to fend off the souvenir shop owners. The Masai Mara is on the other side of the valley so we had to make the long descent then drive across. We stopped for a basic lunch in Narok town. Then we continued on, as the roads progressively worsened. It was very bumpy and dusty for the last 3 hours, but we finally pulled into camp about 4pm. It was a basic campsite with some decent self-contained tents, so just threw down our bags basically, then we were off on our first game drive
Camp life was OK, food was nice, and we played cards until the electricity was shut off at 10pm. Not much else to do then except sleep, especially since we had an 11 hour game drive the next day! Quick breakfast in the morning, then we set off for the day. It started very well as we managed to find a full family of lions and about 6 lion cubs within the first 30 minutes. We spent about an hour following them and watching the cubs play, it was brilliant. The male lions were massive and fairly amazing to see in person. This was the best find of the day. Over the rest of the day we managed to complete the Big Five as well, which is quite rare. The Big Five are: Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. They are the big five because they are the five most dangerous and hardest to hunt in Africa. The rhino and leopard are hard to spot in the Mara so we were lucky to see both. We also saw tons of other wildlife: gazelles, antelope, impalas, thousands of zebras and gnu, mongoose, giraffes, vultures, eagles, a cheetah
Another night of playing cards and early bedtime, then another 2 hour game drive in the morning. We caught up with the same family of lions and spent over an hour with them again. It really was remarkable being so close to such an amazing animal. The little cubs are also very cute, it is impossible not to smile seeing them tumble around.
After the early morning game drive we got back to camp and packed up our stuff and loaded the van up. Before we left however we made a special stop. About 1km away from our campsite there was a Masai village, and we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit it
Overall, my time in the Masai Mara was a very fun and rewarding experience, I guess I will just have to watch the migration on Planet Earth when I get home!