After Rwanda and Uganda, I traveled to Kenya during my 2 months long East African Trip. I was on the last leg of my trip and still have not done an African Safari. I skipped the safaris in Rwanda and Uganda cause I wanted to do the best safari in East Africa i.e. Masai Mara Safari. The BIG 5 game animals of Africa i.e. Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant and Cape Buffalo are found here. Before my trip to Masai Mara Safari, I had little interest in animals but after the trip, I can’t wait to visit National Parks in my own country INDIA! Masai Mara Safari is consists of 3 days and 2 nights. Food, accommodation, transportation, a guide was included in a package. I always avoid taking a package but I got a great deal thanks to Malvic tours and travels. They customise a package as per the customer’s budget/requirement. The best part is they also host people via Couchsurfing.
The safari starts from Nairobi. I reached the city centre in the early morning to board the vehicle. It was an Eight-seater Van with a provision of open roof. We were 8 people apart from our driver cum guide which consists of A German lady, An Indian family of 3, A Russian guy, Two French ladies and yours truly. The journey to reach our destination was approx. 8 hours long. Our first stop was to view the Great Rift Valley. It is a series of contiguous geographic trenches that runs from the Red Sea to Mozambique covering 9600 Km. Breathtaking view! We also stopped in between for lunch. The journey to Masai Mara is full of picturesque views. We reached our lodge around 4 pm and hurriedly left our luggage at the lodge before heading to the Masai Mara National Reserve/Park. After completing the entry formalities, we checked into the Park. The first animal we saw was the Wildebeest followed by Gazelles, Antelopes, elephants and the Lion! Watching Lion walking into a sunset was the highlight of my Masai Mara trip. Truly cinematic! You can watch the whole video here. The moment reminds me of “The Lion King”. After the 2 hours long safari we returned to our lodge to get a much-needed rest. For the next day, we were given a choice to either start late and do 2 more hrs safari on Day 3 OR start early tomorrow and visit Maasai village on Day 3. Majority chose the latter option. I was given a safari tent with 2 beds inside. Since I was alone and it was not the high season, I got the whole place to myself! After the dinner, I was fast asleep and tomorrow will be the full fledged safari day lasting for approx. 11 hours!
On Day 3, we returned to Nairobi. We had an option to visit the nearby village to see the lives and culture of Maasai People for an entry fee. Maasai people are semi-nomadic people known for their distinctive customs and culture. Popularly known for their vertically high jumping dance. They are considered very strong and lion hunting was quite common among Maasai people in old times. I chose to wander around the nearby market where I spoke with some Maasai people. They came across as polite and hospitable bunch. We reached Nairobi around evening and bid each other goodbye.
Masai Mara National Reserve is a wildlife heaven. The Masai Mara safari is Once in a lifetime experience and should not be missed if/when traveling to Kenya. It was quite easily one of the best experiences from my solo trip to East Africa!