My Kenyan Safari Experience
We landed in Nairobi on a hot afternoon, we flew with Qatar airways from Dubai to Nairobi with a short stopover in Doha, The plan was to head straight to see some sights in Nairobi and then head to the local airport for our flight to Masai Mara for our safari.
I was traveling with my girlfriend Rolake, i have done a lot of my major trips with her, being roommates from grad school has honed our tolerance level for each other, allowing us to spend multiple days together before wanting to tear our heads off. We were on day 10 when we landed in Nairobi having just spent a little over a week in UAE, attending our friends wedding in Dubai and exploring the city as well as a day trip to see Abu Dhabi.
Our tour guide picked us up from the airport and drove us around the city,
Rolake had been introduced to him by a colleague of hers that used his services on a trip to Nairobi, and he was awesome, took us to a local restaurant that apparent Obama had eaten at on his trip to Nairobi, after a few more stops we headed to the airport to catch our flight to Masai
Maasai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, it borders the Serengeti in Tanzania and is one of the paths for the annual wildebeest migrations, we had just missed it when we landed by a few days but still very excited to experience the animals in their home as God intended, we stayed in the Sarova Mara Game Camp in a tent, the tent itself was very impressive, a full toilet was attached to the back of it, with a working shower with hot water.
Our guides didn't waste anytime taking us out that evening to see animals for a game drive, it was surreal, being so close to animals n their habitat, close enough to touch, just watching them go about their business, we saw the big 5 animals on the first drive the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.
We were awoken bright and early the next morning for our second game drive, again the experience was mind blowing, took so many pictures, asked a world of questions and just let our curiosity flow. After the drive we headed back to the reserve for breakfast, the food there was spectacular, we ate overlooking animals grazing, and Kenya coffee is delicious!!!!
Later in the day the hotel arrange a trip for us to the Maasai village to meet the natives and do some shopping, even though id say this part of the safari experience was touristy, it was worth it to speak to the Maasai men and women and experience their jump dancing in person.
The Maasai tribe (or Masai) is a unique and popular tribe due to their long preserved culture. Despite education, civilization and western cultural influences, the Maasai people have clung to their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of Kenyan culture, they live a semi-nomadic lifestyle, herding cattle and goats. They also span across Tanzania.
We returned to Nairobi the next day, and spent the last day exploring the city and Nairobi's night life which was actually a little disappointing. I would recommend a true Safari experince to anyone that was interested, i believe you should visit Kenya or Tanzania for an authentic experience and its a must do for everyone at least once in your life time, it will make you despise zoos.