The Big 5 - Minus 1!

Trip Start Oct 31, 2012
Trip End Nov 28, 2012

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What I did
Elephants, Lions, Giraffe, Leopard
Visit to a Masai Village

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 2 and the weather was perfect - but the same couldn't be said for the roads.  Some people were up before the crack of dawn to go on a hot air balloon ride.  We stayed in bed!  It would have been nice - those who went raved about the experience, but we decided to forego ballooning and treat ourselves later in the trip at Vic Falls.
Our morning game drive was very successful, spying several herd of elephant, giraffes and zebra, and encountering numerous birds.  How thrilling to see them up close and personal!  We planned our trip to coincide with the annual wildebeest migration when thousands of wildebeest head from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti in October and November.  Although many had already left the Masai Mara, it was a thrill to see some of the tail end group gathering to ready themselves for the journey.
We visited a Masai village which was a colourful spectacle, staged for us tourists.  The Masai are a handsome people and they entertained us with their ritual dances and their jumping skills.  The bright red and blue shukas were a feast for the eyes. They wear red to frighten the lions away when they are out minding their herds of goats and cattle.  Numerous livestock wandered about the village and resulted later in me having to get a stick to remove the cow dung from the treads in my shoes.  We were taken into a hut (but I am not sure anyone really lived there as there was a more modern village just down the road!) and, for some reason, they kept putting us off when we asked to see the school, even though one of the men said his kids were at school - it was Saturday!.  We were then shepherded to their craft market.  "You like? You buy?"  (Underneath the shukas we spied US T-shirts - and they had mobile phones!)

The afternoon wore on and we went on a (not all that successful at first) leopard hunt! Then, all of a sudden our driver got a message on his radio, and we high-tailed it across the Mara to a place were a leopard had been sighted.  All the safari vehicles converged, and we watched - and waited - and waited.  Then, just as we were ready to give up, a female leopard emerged from the bushes and walked across the road right in the middle of all the assembled vehicles.  Rewarded, our cameras clicked! 
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