Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara National Reserve
After spending 3 boring and frustrating weeks in Nairobi, I finally got the chance to see other part of Kenya. I have been looking forward to visiting the safari here since the first day I arrived in Kenya. I did lots of research on Internet before I choose a tour agent.
All the tours I saw online were pretty pricey, most of the tours are over 200USD /day. I am a budget traveler, I kept searching. I finally found one under the general prices. TERMINAL TOURS KENYA was what I found. 450USD for a four-day tour, MASAI MARA/ NAKURU.
DAY 1: NAIROBI/MASAI MARA:
The car came and picked me up at 9:00am, at my door. I met the stuff who had been talking to me – Nelson and paid him 450USD. Remember they do not accept some certain dollar bills before 2000. Then off we go.
There were 4 persons in the group. Me, Gemma from Australia, a couple from Russia. I don’t recall their names unfortunately. We reached our first stop – the Great Rift Valley viewpoint.
I was very glad that I met Gemma on the trip. I had been so lonely for the first three weeks in Nairobi. Gemma was the first girl friend that I made in Nairobi whom I could really talk to. She totally made my trip more interesting.
After this stop, we kept going for another 5 or 6 hours to Masai Mara National Park. Before we reached Masai Mara, we had a little stop at a town named Narok. It was a very small town, kinda like my grandpa’s hood in China, also kinda like some towns in South East Asian countries. We had lunch here, the food was typical African food. I did not expect too much so it was not bad.
The road trip was going fine, even though we had to stuck in a van for more than 5 hours. I actually kinda enjoyed it.Until we got closer to the national park, the road got so bumpy, let’s just consider that I was on a massage machine, a rough one.
Finally we got to our campsite. Our driver/guide -Sam helped us to check in in Rhino Camp. As this is a budget tour, I totally expected nothing much from it. The accommodation was actually pretty good. It was really like a tent those kinda camp. It was more like a permanent camp with wall frame, very solid. I guess it was really busy season at all. Me and Gemma were in a 4 beds room, but only two of us were using the room. We had a private bathroom with hot water running in the evening and morning.
This was my bed.
After we checked in, we went on a game drive. It was getting dark and a little bit rainy. I still saw some animals. The whole drive smelled like dead body, actually there were lots of dead animal bodies. I heard from the locals here, it was very rainy and lots of animals died because of the rain. Now their bodies were rotting.
I was kinda disappointed when it was raining. I was afraid that I wouldn’t see much animals because of the rain. However, it was just raining for 30 mins.
It is said that sunset in Masai Mara is one of the 20 most beautiful sunsets in the world. I was so lucky to be here. After this 2 hour game drive, we headed back to our camp. It was just so quiet at the camp. Our Russian buddies brought a bottle of whiskey with them. We drank, we talked, we enjoyed the nature.
It’s time to hit the sack. We’ll look for lions, cheetahs tomorrow. x