Published: July 2nd 2012April 21st 2012
I got some antibiotics once I got to Nairobi and began to feel a lot better. I booked a 3 day safari to Masai Mara National Park and got picked up from my hostel and brought to town, where I met the rest of my safari group. There were 8 of us in the truck although, 2 Japanese men left after the first day.
It took about 4-5 hours to drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara NP. We first went straight to our camp, had some lunch and went on our first game drive. We got incredibly lucky on this drive as in the first hour or so we saw zebra, giraffe, topi, impala, elephants and finally some lions. We were also lucky enough to see a couple of lions 'mating'. It only lasted about 15 seconds, but apparently they do it up to 25 times a day during mating season, so hats off! After a few hours we headed back to the camp very happy with what we had seen.
We were up at 7.30 for breakfast and shortly after we were in the park for our second game drive. We weren't as lucky in the morning and
spent a lot of time driving around seeing nothing. We drove down to the Kenya-Tanzania border and then went to the nearby hippo pool, where we saw some hippos bathing in the bend of the river.
After we had our packed lunch, we came across a pride of lions who had obviously not long killed a buffalo. The buffalo had put up quite a fight judging from injuries on some of the lions. We stayed with them for about 15-20 minutes as they began devouring the buffalo, starting with softest parts first. We then had a false dawn, when we heard there was a cheetah nearby, but it wasn't to be. Unfortunately at about 4 o'clock it started to lash rain and we began the drive back to the camp, where we had a similar dinner to the night before, which was pretty good.
We were up again at 6 a.m. for our last game drive. Unfortunately, cheetahs, leopards and rhinos kept eluding us. We did come across a huge herd of buffalos and saw a number of them locking horns. We also tracked a pride of lions who were on the move. Afterwards, we went back for
breakfast and on to the Masai village. I opted against going in as I felt it was a bit of a contrived human safari.
The drive back to Nairobi was long and made worse by the lashing rain. Some of the roads were close enough to being impassable. We stopped at the viewpoint of the Rift Valley, but due to the weather, the view wasn't that great. We made it back into Nairobi just in time to hit the rush hour traffic. I checked into a guesthouse provided by the safari company with a French girl and a German couple, where we had a fairly quiet night where I looked over the pictures and videos from my first safari, pretty happy with what I had seen.
There are more photos below