Friday, May 13, 2011

Masai Mara

I was pretty excited about this safari. We spent a few days in the Masai Mara a few weeks ago and got to see all kinds of animals. It was great. Normally this type of trip would be really expensive, but we did it for cheap which made it even better. We camped in a missionary family's backyard, less than a mile from one of the park entrances. They were super nice and had a great spot to pitch a tent, a fire pit, a toilet, a shower- all for free! Our driver Benson and our Masai guide Jon were expert animal spotters. We saw four of the BIG 5 (all but the elusive leopard). Benson's van was way more legit than we were anticipating.. off-roading, driving through deep mud, up and down steep, narrow crevices... and only got stuck one time. I was repeatedly shocked and amazed with her performance. It was a fun weekend for us kids, out on our own without the parents. And I feel much better about my time in Africa now that I've spent a few days just staring at crazy animals and taking pictures of them.

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