The road to the Masai Mara can be described in one word – bumpy.
We were picked up in our 4×4 vans a few hours before entering the Masai Mara and the road was long, bumpy and very unenjoyable, I’m glad I had a sports bra on!
We entered the Masai Mara at 4pm on a 24 hour pass and straight away the landscape changed. The Mara is green with mountainous rolling hills, straight away we saw zebras, wildebeests, kudu and warthogs. After driving for over an hour and just as the sun was beginning to set we found a pride of lions waking up from their day time sleep. There was at least 10 of them, some playful, others just lazing around. There was no sight of a male lion (something that evaded us during our time in the Mara). It began to get dark and we had to exit the park by 6.30pm so we reluctantly left the lions. Seeing lions on safari is the ultimate so to see them within an hour of entering the park we were hopeful for a good game drive the next day.
The campsite was just beyond the gates and we were in permanent tents with our own bathroom! Luxury in comparison to camping for the previous two weeks. That evening the campsite provided a meal and we sat around the camp fire with the Masai guards and a glass (plastic cup) of wine.
It was an early start the next day as the best game viewing is first thing in the morning. We were at the gates at 6.30am raring to go. We were awarded with a beautiful sunrise over the Mara and within minutes we saw a female lion on her own strolling around, probably on her way home from a night hunting. As the female lion continued on, a truck behind us got stuck so everyone got out and helped get it out of the mud. You can still spot the lion in the background.
Not long after our first lion encounter we got word there was a pride of lions on the hunt but they weren’t on one of the driving tracks so all of the trucks did a bit of illegal off roading so we could see them in action. As we weren’t supposed to be there and we didn’t want to interrupt their hunt we swiftly headed off. It was amazing seeing around 11 lions just pacing around together bathed in the morning light.
We stopped somewhere just after sunrise and it looks like were on Mars but actually we are at the Masai Mara airport.
Throughout the day we saw plenty of elephants, zebras and giraffes and we even spotted hippos lazing in a lake and crocodiles not too far away from them.
For lunch we sat under a tree within the park and were provided a pack lunch from the safari company, it was great to be out of the trucks and actually in the park although we couldn’t stray too far.
The highlight of the game drive was seeing the illusive leopard. When we approached the tree, the leopard was up the tree having a rest but after some patient waiting he or she climbed down the tree, went to the toilet, had a look around and then headed off in to the bushes. It was a great spot as they are usually so heavily camouflaged and I was so happy to see one active.
Another highlight was seeing cheetah’s, something I had not previously seen on my game drives. The two cheetahs came very close to the tricks and we moved away as it looked as though they were hunting something nearby. We sat back and watched them for about 20 minutes, something that I think is important whilst on safari.
The Masai Mara is a fantastic place for game driving as it is a relatively small area with an abundance of animals. We got to see so many animals up close and I really enjoyed the Masai Mara.
It was great doing the safari with our little gorilla gang group as well.
The Masai Mara was an add on to my ‘Ultimate Africa’ trip with Tucan Travel. The cost for two nights in fixed tents with all meals, game drives and transport in and out of the Mara cost £329 per person.
Next stop: Tanzania
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