Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!!

Tripoto
30th May 2019
Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit
Day 1

Day 1

I took my flight from Delhi to Nairobi via Mumbai which took nearly 11 hrs to complete. After taking a nap our driver/guide came to pick us up from the hotel at 7:00 Am sharp, I along with 5 co-passengers started our journey to MASAI MARA which is about 6 hr away from the capital.

After a couple of refreshment break and majestic highway route, the final 40 km were more of a roller coaster ride for us. There were no concrete roads and the heavy storm was the cherry on the cake, as the complete track was made up of the mud hence your jeep met with the accident 2 times along the final way because there was no friction available for the tires, but somehow after drenching in the storm we made it to the resort by 3 PM.

A couple of hours rest was enough for us as we were damn excited to explore the Reserve, which was just a Km away from the Resort. The entry fees for a foreign national is 120$ for 24 hrs, as soon as we entered the area we started siting all sorts of Animals right from wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe and a lot more. The sunset over there was one of the best sunsets I have ever witnessed in my life.

First Day ended with the glimpse of pride along with their cubs enjoying the last ray of sun.

Photo of Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya by Kaustubh Purohit

Day 2

We started early in the morning around 5:00 AM in the hope of witnessing hunting by the big cats, and luckily we succeeded. Around 8 we saw some vehicles around an area, as soon as we reached there, more than 10 of the vehicle came to witness the same. 5 lioness were sitting under a tree noticing a large zeal of zebra(around 10k) one by one they started taking their positions, because of the large grasses they were camouflaged and as soon as they were at the position in the blink of an eye, one at the front attacked the zebra and hits the bulls eye, that was so sudden that it merely takes a second for her to attack and catch the helpless zebra. That moment literally said everything about Darwin's statement on "Survival of the Fittest".

We took rest in a resort inside the park, at the backside of which more than 25 hippos were enjoying in the pond. Exactly at 11 we started back to our way to the Maasai River, from were the great Migration of wildebeest comes into Kenya from Tanzania, on our way to the river we were encountered by thousands of zebras, gazelle, elephants, giraffe, lions, cheetahs and of course leopards.

We had our lunch alongside the river witnessing the wildebeest and zebras and were later joined by baboons and monkeys. On our way back we were so tired that everyone slept on their respective seats mesmerizing the view they have witnessed in the past 5-6 hours for the first time in their life as probably none of us was coming back to the place in a year or so.

Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit

Day 3

The final day of our trip, none of us wanted to leave the place; far from pollution, traffic with no cellular network and completely in the lap of nature.

Eventually before leaving we head on to the Maasai Village, occupied with one of the bravest tribe you will ever meet. Their story definitely deserves a separate blog hence won't write much over here, but these people are the backbone of the Maasai Mara Reserve and different color of there cloth resembles that they are from different families.

Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit
Photo of Masai Mara: More than just a wildlife safari!! by Kaustubh Purohit

P.S Kenyan people have one of the most clean heart always ready to help the other, along our way almost all the children were greeting us irrespective of their personal gain and that was so overwhelming.

P.P.S In case you are planning a trip to MAASAI MARA, please take some chocolates or something for the children out there. They are way underprivileged than you think and even don't have support from their government.

P.P.P.S Quality of the pictures is purposely decreased.

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