Kenya – Maasai Mara National Reserve – Day 4

How’s about a hot air balloon safari over the Maasai Mara in Kenya sound? Just as blissful and beholding as it was I’m guessing. Well, I would absolutely recommend it as that doesn’t even come close to effectively describing this experience. Sarah from Belgium – who I met in Estonia – recommended I do it, and, as I always do, I’m here and ready for yet another experience.

My wake up call was at 3:30 a.m. as the lift off spot was a good hour to 2 hours away on what I lovingly refer to as the Maasai Highway after picking up my new friends from Amsterdam, Migal and Jeroine, who graciously allowed me to spend the day with them on their private safari! How cool is that!

Our day started with a star-filled sky which blew all other night skies out of the water (including Merzouga Desert and Cabo Polinio if you can believe it) followed by an African sunrise which poured golden rays into the golden land of the Maasai Mara  and on the golden reserve – you got it – the golden lions of the Maasai Mara among many other species of wildlife.

Sunrise over the Maasai Mara

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Lioness of the Maasai Mara

Following this, we loaded up in the basket with Captain Yoshitaka of Balloon Safaris Ltd  and high in the sky we went as well as low over the animal inhabited lands we coasted. The wind, of course, directs our flight but you move with the wind so it makes for the most peaceful of flights you can imagine.

Below are some of the photographs of the wildlife from the sky.

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Following same, a champagne breakfast at the quintessential African Tree – not a shabby way to start a day.

So after seeing all this incredible wildlife from the sky, Steven (and then later Bernard) gave me, Migal and Jeroine the close up view from the ground of the Circle of Life – not a shabby way to end the day either my Rafiki! (By the way, all the names like Simba and  Rafiki and sayings like Hakuna Matata from the Lion King are not made up! I had no idea my daughter could speak Swahili at the age of 1!)

Lioness of the Maasai

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Dumbo

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Pumba

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Giraffe Posing

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Baby Giraffe of the Maasai Mara

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Picture Perfect

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Thirsty

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Crocodile of the Maasai Mara

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Elephant of the Maasai Mara

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Leopard of the Maasai Mara

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Leopard on the Hunt

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

Photograph by Suzanne J. DuBose

To top this incredible day off, I got a sneak peak of the Serengeti and Country 76 – Tanzania. Miranda named it the Maasaigeti, Kenzania as it is where the Maasai Mara of Kenya and the Serengeti of Tanzania meet.  It was the first time, I had a Red Bull in two countries at once.

Maasaigetti, Kenzania

Now tell me you have zero interest in ever going to Africa on safari 😉

That’s all for today from the Lion King’s backyard – Maasai Mara!

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