We have been on the road for the past 7 days. Several nights we had no electricity much less internet. That is the joy of safari. We started at Masi Mara. Immediately we saw, lions, gazelle, wildebeast, giraffle and a host of waterbuffulo. It was amazing. It is a very busy park, usually we just had to spot the herd of tour vans and we would find the animals. We stayed 2 nights in a permanent tent camp. So that means beds and bathroom on a concrete slab. It was great. We met 4 girls from Spain, a couple from Australia, and people from England.
In our van, was a guy from Australia, Turek, who has been traveling for 3 months and plans to travel for another 3. He may be stopping into St. Louis. We also have a couple, Tobin and Hela, they are about 1 month into their 3 months of travel. Last we have Steph, who works for the Associated Press in London but is Canadian. Her friend Ann-Marie was with us but only minimally. She got sick our first day on the road and was ill for all of safari. Yes, I had to get nurse like and get the girl on some antibiotics. 3 of our companions were coming off climbing Killamanjaro. They all said fabulous so now it is on my to do list along with Gorilla trekking in Tanzania. Next trip
We left there to head to Lake Nakuru. This lake is home to thousands of flamingo. It is like looking at a sea of pink. The park itself is gorgeous. We also got to see baboons up close and a little animal called dossi. Cute brown, very guinea pig like. We only had a couple hours there then our group split up. We picked up 2 new travellers, Ross and Kristin from England. Then we proceeded to drive back to Nairobi, where we picked up more people and then onward to Amboseli national park. Now let me just clarify. On our 10 days of safari we are to go to two other parks that were a mere hour from where we were. But instead of that, we drove 8 hours south to hit two parks down there, so that we could then turn around and drive 8-10 back in the other direction. This was our first inkling that maybe our safari company was not alll that and a bag of chips. We made it clear we were not happy but to no avail.
So we arrived at Amboseli at dusk. It was beautiful. very different from the other parks and reserves. Amboseli is a huge lake bed that has water in parts and is completely dry in other parts. The water is from snow melt off from Mount Kilamanjaro. The mountain can be seen from Amboseli. Though it is the height of winter, there is little snow at the top.