This morning I visited the Maasai village in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. I was assigned a family – the Chief’s son, Sammy, and his first wife and two children. I learned about how they live in the bomas; I learned how they make fire by hand; I learned the ceremonial dance and song; and, how Sammy was the one of the fifty or so boys at age 15 who killed a lion with a spear and got his first wife for free rather than having to pay 10 cows for her dowry. This was a true treat and I highly recommend doing it. The donation you give (approximately $10 USD worth) goes to the school to help with educating the Maasai children and worth every penny. If you can arrange a night stay with a Maasai family in their boma, I’m told that it is well worth it and regret not having done it myself but was way too excited about proceeding on my journey as I was trying to set up something really special in the upcoming weeks. (Read further about my travels through Africa and you will see what I got to do!)
Following this, we had a long road trip to Lake Naivasha for what was kind of like a lake safari. I was fascinated by the hippos in the water, the tall tree stumps stretching high in the sky out of the water like something from a scary movie, the home of the birds (which looks like a winter wonderland due to all the bird poop) and the beautiful and rare eagles that flew overhead when our boat captain tossed out a fish. I definitely need to learn how to rapid fire/burst photos on my Olympus digital camera but given I couldn’t do burst photograph, the below was not too shabby a shot of this beautiful and majestic creature of the sky.
Lastly, late at night, we arrived in Nakuru where we slept at the CityMax Hotel and I got my first hot shower in days and a decent night’s rest. If you are in the area, I recommend this hotel as it is a good budget accommodation for when you need a break from camping. Anyway, I needed that good night’s rest as New Year’s Eve was filled with a few charming surprises and was a really long travel day to my next adventure – Amboseli.
That’s all for now from the animal kingdom of Magical Kenya.