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Jan 28, 2020 - Tues Jan 28, 2020 - Ashnil Luxury Tented Camp in the Masai Mara

A wonderful quiet sleep last night! Once the lights were out it was pitch black, no visible light anywhere due to the heavy cloud cover. Seven of the group woke up at 3:45am for their Hot Air Balloon 𯎈 adventure. So exciting for them. Three are off on a safari drive and Diane & I have opted to relax at the camp. As I write, I am looking out to the Mara river and watching the hippos swim by. I have only seen the head of one but have heard several coming up for air. Wow! The Safari group return and stories of the crazy muddy roads abound....

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Jan 27, 2020 - Mon Jan 27, 2020 - Lake Naivasha Country Club to Ashnil Luxury Tented Camp in the Masai Mara

John & I arranged that Jimmy would stay back with Roy, Diane & I and we would leave a couple of hours later to let Diane rest a bit. That way we could head straight through rather than the Safari drive and other various stops. We said adieu to the group for the time being and it was nice to sit and rest on the beautiful patio at the hotel. Our departure was at 11:00am and we slowly drove over the potholed road. I was a bit off as well so looks like I picked up a bacteria or two, but not as severe as Diane. I jokingly said we Roy & the...

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Dec 14, 2017 - Masai Mara

We had 3 nights at Maasai Mara and yet it felt like only a few hours (that means we enjoyed it a lot) but it was the most amazing experience. We saw plenty of common animals along with a bunch that we have never heard of. Our lodge (Mara West) had the most amazing view from our chalet and very comfortable beds. We had very enjoyable game drives in a vehicle with a roof that we could stick our heads out of and feel the wind in our hair as we sailed through herds and herds of animals (and cattle) on the open plains of the famous Maasai Mara....

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Jun 21, 2017 - The Lions Get Their Fill

As it turns out, being within 400 yards of a hippo pool does not make for the most restful and relaxing sleeping conditions. Not only are the hippos out of the water foraging most all night long (you could occasionally hear them tromping along down by the river), but they generate the most unearthly sounds (kind of like a 2000 pound guy who has been enjoying far too much beer and sauerkraut). Whether these immense flatulence soundalikes were vocal or anal in nature I was not about to find out. Suffice it to say it was quite the chorus...

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Jun 20, 2017 - On To The Masai Mara

While the Great Rift Valley Lodge was undeniably beautiful, we had little daylight to really enjoy it. We had arrived the night before only 45 minutes before dark, and now on Tuesday, we were to be at breakfast by 6:30, just minutes after sunrise. As we wandered around the restaurant where we had enjoyed our dinner the night before, it seemed the Lodge had essentially forgotten that they had 14 people coming for breakfast - there was no one around, and definitely no food to be found. Hmmm. After a bit of wondering what the heck was going...

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Oct 8, 2016 - Across the Masai Mara (to Mara Serena)

Our first “late” start time ... 8AM ... because we are going to visit the Maasai village first off. The Maasai lead a very simple communal lifestyle. The dress you see in the pictures is real. They dress this way in everyday life. We paid US$20/pp to be toured through the village by John, the chief’s son. A welcoming ceremony (very similar to the show from 2 nights ago) started the festivities. The houses are made of straw, mud, clay, & dung. We went in the chief’s house, and D&P went into the chief’s eldest son’s house. They have no...

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Oct 7, 2016 - Masai Mara (from the Mara Sopa)

We get a 4AM wakeup call, but some bird makes a screeching sound at 3:45, and I think it is our wakeup call. It is fun to wake up laughing at such an unGodly hour. We get our “real” wakeup knock on the door at 4AM. (This another “on-generator”) hotel, so there are no phones in the room.) The cost of this ride is steep IMHO (US$450/pp) but we get our cost down to $380/pp by having copious quantities of champagne & Bloody Mary’s after the ride. I’m not much of a heights person, but the takeoff was gentle, and my nerves good! The ride was...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Enroute to Masai Mara National Reserve

We start the long trek to Masai Mara National Reserve with a search for the male lion we tried to get a good picture of yesterday at Lake Nakuru. No luck with him, but we did find two adult females with 3 cubs between them. Two of the cubs were small & very cute. The drive is about 6 hours, and the last 2.5 hours is on brutal washboard road. The culverts that allow water to cross under the road are in terrible condition. Some of the blocks that mark the edges of the culverts have been washed away, and others probably smashed by vehicles....

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Mar 29, 2016 - Last day in the Masai Mara

Last day in the Maasi Mara, March 25 Lois writing now: Once again we do not have easy access to the Internet, so we are typing this in a timely manner, but will not be able to post our reports until we return to "civilization" in Nairobi late Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Last Friday afternoon (March 25) our guide Patrick took us to see a traditional Maasai village about 20 minutes from our camp. First off, we entered a hand built house, made from dung and sticks. The woman who lives there with her husband and kids brought us inside....

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Oct 31, 2015 - Masai Mara & our safari lodge Oct. 30 - Nov. 02

Masai Mara We are leaving out our 2 days in the Mount Kenya area – it just didn’t make the grade for posting on our blog….the quality of the hotel was very disappointing and very few animals. Reminded us of ourselves, as children, camping in Northern Ontario in an old cedar lodge. Thom stood out in the animal department….that’s how poor it was. And for the first night we were the only people in the Lodge….go figure….we had to talk with each other. Our next night at Lake Nakura at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge was miles ahead in the...

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Oct 22, 2015 - fly to Masai Mara

The rest of the group didn't arrive until 11pm last night, so things got off to a slow start today. After a final wi-fi session, we headed to a tiny airport and hung out in the waiting room of a tiny airline we never head of until it was time to pile into a van and drive out onto the airstrip after a cursory baggage scan. The plane had just enough space for the twelve of us as long as we didn't take a deep breath. The 45 minute flight even included a brown paper bag containing a bottle of water and a muffin. It appeared that we descended...

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Nov 13, 2014 - 7 November - Masai Mara

3 days in the Maasai Mara at the northern end of the Serengeti, and the scenery is totally different - hilly and more trees, very beautiful. Again, lots of animals and we saw cheetahs for the first time and they very obligingly posed for photos! A great few days

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