Africa tourism Masai Mara Masai Mara
Safari in Masai Mara is a unique experience, as had become standard on the trip so far, starting from the wild dawn. Leaving behind the busy Nairobi, we made a trip to a few hours after entering into a truly magnificent stretch savannah which exceeded the borders of Kenya and another spread both within Tanzania. The piece was called Serengeti of Tanzania and the Kenyan part of the Masai Mara, but are essentially the same park.
What is the big famous park in addition to biodiversity, one of the rarest phenomena of nature: the annual migration of animals from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. Every summer, when it starts to dry grass in the Serengeti, over one million zebras, antelopes and guh-noo together to launch a 960 km route to the Masai Mara.
The route is very difficult and many animals are injured or fall exhausted to hungry lions and hyenas teeth who follow them. Very near the end of the journey, the animals have yet to encounter a dangerous obstacle to the Masai Mara River, where hungry crocodiles lurking crowd. After some time of preparation, all animals will get forums and will cross the river swimming. Unfortunately for us, it was the period of migration, but reaching the narrow passage of the river Masai Mara, we faced a chilling sight: the river entirely draped by a thick layer of deep bone and skull of the animals they had not been able to cross a river.
If it was not the best time for the Masai Mara, Safari was very captivating experience. It is not an absolute rule that all animals in the ecosystem migrate, many zebras, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, guh-noo, wild boars selected as an evolutionary strategy to remain in the Masai Mara, and with them still mainly lions and hyenas in search of their prey. We met many of them even were so lucky and shoot a group of three lions (2 females, 1 male), they stood understood why the presence of wild boars.
Immediately activated and began to explore the area and did not seem bothered at all that we followed in the car. When approached several wild boars tried to surround moving in a way that justifies the title of king of the animal kingdom. With very slowly managed to come close enough, but the boar had seen and were able to escape through the thick grass waving cheerfully to the tufted tails. Much of the blame for this failed attempt was male, because, while the two females followed the encirclement, eventually crossing the street in front of us decided to scratch his back on the ground and stay there for some time, preferring to enjoy sun from the hunt.
On the last day, leaving the national park, we made a stop in a small Masai village. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe that is mainly found in Kenya and northern Tanzania.
It is well known for its distinctive red traditional costume, the repellent operates on the principal enemies of the flock, the lions. Are even very capable hunters of lions, but now closed to all hunting activity in the park. Arriving at the village welcomed us and after the negotiations have left us to enter the narrow entrance door. The village was enclosed by a tall fence made of tree branches, and thus protected by the hungry hyenas and lions will try to penetrate.
The houses were made of a mixture of mud, tree branches and dried reeds, and was very dark with small slits for windows. Can a fence to keep the lions away, but the mosquitoes were more dangerous especially for young children, the levels of malaria in this region is very high. The hospitality was very warm and eventually danced with them that dance so many times I had seen a documentary where a circle singing rhythmically while dancing in the middle of one person at a time, jumping with all his strength as high as he could.
We spent quite some time, even had a theoretical argument about how you light a fire quickly, vigorously rubbing two timbers by hand or using a bow to spin faster in a timber over the other. We sat down to resolve our disagreement, and after a couple ten minutes from a Maasai, who watched in amazement, pulled out a lighter and set fire to xerochorta just been trying to light sweating. It was obvious that culture had penetrated for good in the lives of Maasai!
In the end, the driver fed up and saw us quickly surpass the protocol of a quick tourist visit and to catch a word (in any language he knew everyone, from English to Swahili scattered words "painting") with everyone we met in the village. He put forward and threatened us with a horn that, if not leave immediately, we will leave it there for some days yet. Welcome and go running, as the hours passed and we had to make all necessary preparations for the next stop, Ethiopia