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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.

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DSC_0063_副本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.

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DSC_0068_副本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.

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This was my bed.

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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.

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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.

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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


An unexpected trip: Kenya

After I came back from my 3 months trip in US & Europe, I thought I would not travel anymore this year. However, I had the chance to come to Africa before 2013 ends. I am sure lots of people wonder how I end up being in Kenya. In brief, I am having my working holiday here. 

In Oct 2013, I was hired by an Kenyan born Indian businessman as an interpreter at Canton Fair, in Guangzhou, China. I guess I have done an excellent job and being very helpful to him, later on he gave me an offer that I work in Nairobi to help out some Chinese engineers, to be their interpreter. Free tickets, a small amount of salary, free accommodation, an opportunity to see Africa, what do I need more? I work for 15 days and I can decide when to leave, so I make it one month here. 

Africa, a continent that I barely know about. Before this trip started, I, as an outsider, was excited and scared. I actually did not really read much about this country as I want to learn about this place with my own perception, not others.  I have years of experience of travelling, I am sure I will be fine. I will learn something new, get to know different culture and people. Let the adventure begin!

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