This summer when I told friends I was going to Kenya, they thought I was crazy: ‘But it will be so hot in the summertime!’ After all, Kenya’s in Africa, right? Right. But Nairobi and the surrounding nature reserves are at elevations of about 2000 meters (over 6000 ft.) above sea level: Morning outings required pullovers and jackets, and the temperatures rarely rose above 21 C / 70 deg. Fahrenheit. We covered 2200 km (1400 miles) during our weeks’ adventures.
We left Nairobi at dawn and stopped first for a breathtaking view of the Great Rift Valley:
Then we headed for the Masai Mara, a huge reserve famous for its people, the Masai, who are shepherds; the men that is; the women do EVERYTHING else, including building their homes!
The countryside is vast and breathtaking.
And the ‘sausage trees’ (the hanging fruit is edible) are an amusing phenomenon.
But what makes Masai Mara special is the wealth of animals. As long as we stayed in our little buses, we risked nothing. The animals just went about their business. But if you put a foot on the ground; you just might be somebody’s lunch, if you happen to cross a hungry lion’s path. Or a gnu or water buffalo ready to charge.
These long-necked beauties were my personal favorites:
Sometimes we were the ones being watched:
Would you please stop staring at me?
And who could blame them?
The strangest creatures of all were on four wheels!
As we were almost on the equator, evening fell fast at 18:30 (6:30 PM).
But since our days often began at dawn, we didn’t mind.
My favourite lodge was one entirely built on stilts. Around it was a watering hole. As night fell, we were able to observe elephants and water buffalo coming to drink.
Yes. Kenya is truly marvelous.