I was staying in a camp just outside the game reserve and it is a jungle camp right in the middle of the Mara land. I had a tent to myself for the four nights I planned to be here. The tents are spread out and right in the middle, the Maasai men have a fire lit up while they sit around taking comfort from its heat. They have a generator which is on for four hours in the morning and for another four in the evening at dinner time. They even have a Wi-Fi connection but it is rather slow and I could barely send a few emails. There is also a large dining hall which is another tent and somewhat aptly, the TV there is tuned on to National Geographic wildlife shows. Dinner is served at 7:30 pm till 8:30 pm and then lights out by 10:00 pm. It’s a very chilled, indulgent sort of a camp and you could enjoy on your own or chat with other guests from time to time if all the solo travelling is getting to you.
Breakfast is served at 6:30 am and most people venture out into the reserve after breakfast to catch a glimpse of the animals. There were several people from around the world and some were obviously super pro photographers. For novice photographers like me, it is overwhelming to see the sizes of some of the lenses these folks are carrying. I saw some really huge bazooka style lenses with their cameras. My camera, though a DSLR, looked like the proverbial mouse in front of their paraphernalia.
The South Koreans seemed to have got it right. They wear face masks all the time, protecting them from the dust and germs of an alien land. I have managed to stay disciplined during my stay at the camp; Getting up on time, eating on time and fully participating in the activities of the day. Morning and evenings are a bit nippy with a chill in the air. But the afternoon can get hot as I realised that when I wandered into the forest near the Mara lake.