Kenya 2002

Trip Start Nov 02, 2000
Trip End Nov 16, 2004

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Monday, August 19, 2002

Went on my first safari in Kenya, off the Masai Mara which borders Tanzania.

We flew there on a small United Nations twin engine plane operated by a pilot who flies aid into Somalia and Sudan. He told us crazy stories of landing in Mogadishu and being held at gunpoint by bandits trying to steal food, medicine and relief supplies.

The first night outside my safari tent baboons decided to fight. They started punching and bouncing off my tent at 3am screaming like drunk women in a cat fight. The same night a hippo came crashing through the bush toward our campsite so the guides fired shotguns off to scare it away. Turns out hippos eat people...Nice!

Luckily we were guarded the whole time by men with shotguns who spent the night outside the tents patrolling back and forth.

Over the course of that week, I saw elephants, zebra, giraffe, impala, a cheetah and a pride of nine lions lounging in the tall grass. I was hanging out of my safari jeep taking photos and practically falling out the side. I think we got about four feet away from the lions. I have great photos to post...will do that ASAP.

The Kenyan landscape in Masai land is a wild expanse that stretches as far as the eye can see. The night sky is incredibly clear and it lights up the land making everything look quite bright and the sunsets are heartbreakingly beautiful.

While on safari I felt like I had a sharpened sense of hearing. I swear I could hear every creak of a branch or step of a paw as animals roamed outside my tent and people bustled around to set up morning camp.

Thinking about it makes me dream of doing a second, much longer safari some day. Check out the photos.
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